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So you’ve passed your written test, and you’re ready to take the road test, but before you sign up you need to make sure you have a vehicle that you can use for the actual test. Regulations may vary by state, but below we’ve listed the most common guidelines. Check to see if the vehicle you’ll be using is road-test ready.


Your car needs to have two license plates
The plates must be affixed to both the front and back of your vehicle. The rear plate needs to show your current registration. If you don’t have a registration, contact your local DMV office to find out how to make your car legal for road travel.


You must have two working signal lights and brake lights
The night before your road test, check to see if your signal lights are working correctly.  


A horn designed for the vehicle must be functioning
A horn is used to warn other cars of your presence or a possible accident. Test your horn a few times before the test to make sure it works properly.


Make sure your tires are in good condition
Check that your tires are in good condition. Make sure they do not need to be replaced!


Make sure your brakes have adequate brake pressure
On the day of your test, you will be asked to step on your brakes and make sure they work properly. Get your brakes checked if you are unsure of the pressure. Better safe than sorry!

You must have a drivers side window that rolls down
The DMV doesn’t discriminate against automatic or manual windows. Just make sure the car’s windows work.


Your windshield must allow a full unobstructed field of vision
Clean your windows! You need to be able to see clearly through your windshields on the day of your test. Make sure you can see out of the entire windshield, and not just the driver's side.


Two rear view mirrors
Your vehicle needs to have two working and clean rear view mirrors.


Your driver and passenger doors need to open from both inside and outside
This one is pretty basic, but you must be able to open both the passenger and driver doors on the day of your road test.


Your glove compartment door must be secure
Make sure your glove box is secure to avoid any embarrassment and a failed grade.


Your safety belts must be functioning
It’s incredibly crucial you wear functioning seatbelts on the day of your road test.


The emergency/parking brake must be functioning
Make sure your brake holds securely in place and get it repaired before the test if not.


If your vehicle meets all these guidelines you are ready to hit the road. Good luck!