How to Schedule a DMV Road Test Appointment in NY

May 26, 2020

Are you nervous about how to schedule a DMV road test appointment in NY? This shouldn’t be the case because like you are about to find out, confidence plays a huge role when it comes to passing the test. It’s also worth noting that like any other test, preparation is vital. Read on to learn more.

How Do I Schedule My Road Test?

Ready to schedule for your road test? The process is simple. Visit the DMV NY website. To proceed, you must have the following:

  • A Driver Education Completion Certificate (MV-285) or an original pre-licensing course certificate (MV-278)
  • The DMV Identification Number from your NY learner permit.
  • Purchased extra road tests if you already failed the first two.
  • The ZIP Code of the road test area or location where you wish to take your road test.

To save time, consider scheduling for your test drive online. Here’s how to go about it:

  • Gather all the necessary documents
  • Have at least one unused test
  • Click on ‘Schedule Now’
  • Enter the necessary details the click on ‘log on.’
  • Keep a copy of the confirmation for test drive.

You’re allowed to take your test in an area you are most comfortable driving. This doesn’t have to be where you live. It can help, though, if you know the area you choose well. If you’re from Brooklyn, for example, you can consider these four popular road test locations.

Keep in mind that the Road Test System offers the earliest available dates at locations near the ZIP code you provide. Nearly all tests are done on weekdays with very few ones done on Saturdays.

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Note that the application fees you paid when you got your learner permit include a maximum of two road tests. You must buy two more road tests if you did not pass either of your first two NY road tests. The fee is $10 for the two tests.

For a road test for a commercial driver license, shortly referred to as CDL, you will have to pay $40 for a single test. The fee is non-refundable if you fail to take the test. You can pay online, or you can pay by phone through 518-402-2100.

You must also be eligible for a road test for you to schedule for one online. To be eligible, you must have the following.

  • A valid NYW learner permit – you cannot do the test without it. Click here to access the DMV Permit Test Questions & Answers
  • An original Driver Education Completion Certificate (MV-285) or a 5-hour Pre-Licensing Course Certificate (MV-278) – You will give either of these two certificates to your examiner when you take your road test.
  • If you are under the age of 18, you must have a completed Certification of Supervised Driving aptly referred to as MV-262. Your guardian or parent must duly sign it.

How Long Does It Take To Schedule A Road Test In NY?

Three to five weeks. There are, however, so many factors that can determine how soon or how fast you can schedule for a road test in New York. Age is an excellent example of such factors. If you are below the age of 18, you must wait for at least six consecutive months from the date you received your learner permit.

Can You Walk Into The DMV For A Driver’s Test?

Behind the wheel test require an appointment in New York. It is easy to understand why. The test driving process is time-consuming for the DMV personnel. They’ve to test hundreds of people daily. That explains why they try to keep driving sessions short.

Think about it this way – the driving test process, including the time to introduce yourself, test your driving skills, inspect your car, do the actual test, score you and prepare for the next test is sometimes a nightmare for DMV personnel. The best you can do is to book an appointment for your test.

How Do I Make An Appointment For My Road Test In NY?

It is easy. The Road Test System aptly referred to as the RTS allows anyone to schedule a road test by phone or online. However, you must apply for your RTS through a DMV approved driving school.

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Once you have the RTS, you can schedule, reschedule, cancel or confirm road tests. Again, this can only be done through your driving school. Your RTS will also allow you to find road test directions and sites.

What Should I Expect On My NYS Road Test?

Expect the process to be precise and fast. This means you shouldn’t be anxious. Stay calm and collected. Then, by all means, be polite and courteous to your examiner. Start the car only when you’re told to. Do not overtake unless you’re told to.

Everything Counts

Everything matters during a road test. With that in mind, be keen on road signs. It also helps to know your car well. Your examiner will be keen to see if you turn all the safety features of your car on. Strap your seatbelt as soon as you’re in the car.


Be on the lookout for speed limit signs when driving. Drive and brake smoothly. Don’t accelerate where you are not supposed to. Remember, your examiner watches your driving habits. This means you also have to be mindful of other road users as you drive, so do not drive on bike or bus lanes.

Preparation Counts

Passing your test is all about preparation. You don’t have to worry about what you’ll be asked. Prepare well, and you will have an easy time with your examiner.

Remember that part of preparing for your test drive includes getting your documents in order.  Carry your photo learner permit. Carry your spectacles or contact lenses too if your permit indicates you need corrective lenses to drive.

 Then make sure you have the valid registration, inspection and insurance documentation of the car you’ll be using for your road test. Be sure to also arrive for the test on time. Arrive at least 30 minutes before your test time. Your examiner may be forced to reschedule your test if you show up late.

Eliminate the Stress by Involving Pierre Paul Driving School

You can choose to schedule for a road test on your own or you can seek help from Pierre Paul Driving School. We will not only prepare you for the road test, but we will also provide a car for the test and help you book for the test. Call us today at 718-576-6277 for a free consultation.