If I fail the DMV driving test, how long must I wait to retake it?

Remember when you took a practice permit test before applying for your drivers permit? It’s just as important to practice before you take the road test for your drivers license – possibly more so.

Of course, practice doesn’t always make perfect – at least, not immediately, and you might need to take the test another time or two before you get it. How long you must wait in between test varies by state, and in some states it varies according to how many times you’ve already failed.

The grid below will tell you how long you must wait before you can give the DMV driving test another try, but keep in mind that many states set additional requirements. For example, you might be able to take only a certain number of tests within a certain time period, you might have to pay additional fees, and, in some instances, you might have to obtain additional behind-the-wheel training.

There’s also the issue of your current learners permit. Do you have enough time left on it to retest? Even if you fail again? If it’s not long before it’s set to expire, can you apply for an extension or do you have to start the whole process over again?

Be sure to get details from your examiner.

Alabama You can take it again the same day, but only twice during that day.
Alaska A week.
Arizona Take it again the next business day.
Arkansas 30 days.
California You can take it again the same day, up to 3 times during that day.
Colorado Wait a business day, but check with the examiner.
Connecticut 14 days.
Delaware Each DMV has its own waiting time requirement; ask your examiner.
Florida Your examiner will tell you.
Georgia Fail once, take it again the next day; fail twice, wait 7 days; fail 3 or more times, wait 30 days.
Hawaii Generally about a week, but it could vary; ask your examiner.
Idaho 3 days.
Illinois One application fee covers 3 tests per year; ask your examiner when you can test again.
Indiana 2 weeks.
Iowa Usually the next available appointment.
Kansas The next working day, unless you've failed 4 times; then you must wait 6 months.
Kentucky A week.
Louisiana Your examiner will tell you.
Maine Your examiner will tell you.
Maryland The next business day, but once you fail 3 times you must wait a week.
Massachusetts You can take the driving test 6 times in a 12-month period; ask your examiner when you can test again.
Michigan 24 hours.
Minnesota Your examiner will tell you.
Mississippi Usually the next available appointment, though it's up to your examiner.
Missouri The next day.
Montana The next day.
Nebraska You'll get an Examiner Refusal Certificate telling you when you can take it again.
Nevada Your examiner will tell you, but it won't be the same day.
New Hampshire Your examiner will tell you.
New Jersey 2 weeks.
New Mexico Your examiner will tell you.
New York Your examiner will tell you.
North Carolina 5 business days.
North Dakota The examiner will tell you; it could be the next day, or it could be longer.
Ohio 7 days.
Oklahoma You must wait a week in between each test.
Oregon Fail once, take it again in 7 days; fail twice, wait 14 days; fail 3 or 4 times, wait 28 days; fail 5 times, wait a year. (If you’re younger than 18 you must wait 28 days in between each test, until you fail 4 times, at which point you must wait a year.)
Pennsylvania 7 days.
Rhode Island 30 days.
South Carolina Usually the next business day, unless your examiner says otherwise.
South Dakota A business day.
Tennessee Your test scores determine how long you must wait; could be the next day, could be as long as 30 days.
Texas Your examiner will tell you.
Utah The next day, or the next available appointment.
Vermont A week.
Virginia You can test once per business day.
Washington Fail once, wait a week; fail twice, wait 1-3 weeks; fail 3 times, wait 3 months.
West Virginia Usually you can retest once a week, but your examiner makes the final decision.
Wisconsin You can take the test 5 times in a year; ask your examiner when you can retest the soonest.
Wyoming 24 hours.
Washington DC 7 days, until you fail a 3rd time; then you must wait a year from the original test date.

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