What happens if I fail the DMV tests?

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All is not lost. Actress Kate Beckinsale failed the written exam her first time and has since gone on to lead a successful life. So if you should fail any one of the two DMV tests (written and road), ask your examiner the policy for taking the exam again. Or, if you want to know ahead of time, contact your state's DMV office by phone or by visiting its Web site. Some states will allow for you to retake the written test immediately. Others will impose a brief waiting period. The same applies to road tests, although the waiting period for a second try is generally longer than those of written exams. 

Fees will vary by state as well. Some will allow you two or three attempts on the same test fee, before charging you again. Others will recharge for each subsequent test. 

To bolster your pre-exam confidence, study your state's drivers manual. These troves of information contain everything you'll need to know to pass the DMV tests. You'll find information on passing, traffic signs, driving in bad weather conditions, parking and much more.

Enrolling in a driver ed course is another great way for preparing for the drivers license tests. The combination of on-road training and classroom instruction will provide you with vital behind-the-wheel knowledge and experience. 

Practice tests are another great pre-exam source for gauging your grasp of driving rules and procedures. You can find these on Web sites and sometimes in the back of drivers manuals.

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