Will I get penalized for rescheduling a road test appointment?

As long as you reschedule your road test appointment in a timely manner, you probably won’t face penalties; however, if you miss the grace period, you’ll likely lose some money or even “fail” your test.

Rescheduling Your Drivers License Test

Not every state requires an appointment for the driving test; on that note, not every DMV within a state requires an appointment. So, if you’re considering making a driver license appointment but are afraid to commit, first make sure your DMV requires appointments.

If your state does accept appointments – and you’ve made one that you can’t keep – it’s best to call the DMV as soon as you realize you won’t be able to make it; otherwise, you could face penalties.

In Connecticut, for example, failure to cancel a road test appointment results in forfeiture of the prepaid test fee. In Wisconsin, you must cancel your appointment 24 hours beforehand or the examiner will enter “Fail” on your exam record.

Preparing for Your Drivers License Test

Whether you keep your appointment or reschedule it, make sure you’re ready for it.

Studying your state’s drivers license handbook and taking a practice test or two are recommended, but enrolling in a drivers education course is even better. These classes not only prepare you for the real drivers license test, but they also prepare you for real-life driving situations. Many states require them for teen drivers (and some for all first-time drivers), and some states even waive the DMV road test if you pass a driving test during the course.

For more information about drivers education, preparing for the road test, and canceling and rescheduling appointments, contact your local DMV branch.

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