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How Long After Failing A Driving Test Can You Retake It?

How Long After Failing A Driving Test Can You Retake It?

You prepared. You waited. You experienced the spells of anxiety, hope, and expectation, and then you were hit with the bad news: You failed your driving test.

But it's not the end of the world. You just need to regroup, retake, and hope for a better outcome the next time.

The question is, how long must you wait before you can actually retake your driver's license test?

How Long Must I Wait Before I Retake My Written Test and Road Test?

The exact length of time you must wait will depend on your state. Take a look at these state-by-state driving test rules for more information:

Alabama

Wait 1 day before reapplying for your test. You will be given three chances in a 90-day period and must restart the licensing process thereafter.


Alaska

Drivers in Alaska have three chances within 90 days and must wait at least a week between attempts.

Arizona

Arizona drivers must wait at least 10 days before they can retake a driver's test.

California

You can retake your driving test after two weeks. It costs $7. A new driver's license application is required if you fail three times.

Colorado

Wait at least 1 day before trying again after you fail the first time around. You can try twice more before you must start the process all over again.

Connecticut

Wait 2 weeks before trying again and reapply if you fail 3 times in 90 days.

Delaware

If you fail a driving test in Delaware, you must wait 10 days before reapplying and can try twice more in 90 days.

Florida

If you fail your first test simply reschedule another on the same day and return to try again. It will cost you $20 and you're allowed a total of three failed tests.

Georgia

There is a wait of just one day after your first failed attempt and this increases to 7 days after your second.

Hawaii

Hawaiian residents must wait for at least 7 days before booking another driving test after failing on their first attempt.

Idaho

You must wait at least 3 days before you can take another driving test in Idaho. Use this time to practice driving and ensure you are adequately prepared.

Illinois

There is a waiting period of 7 days and you're allowed a total of three tests in a year.

Indiana

You can sit three driving tests in Indiana. If you fail all of them, you must wait for 2 months and may need to apply for your learner's permit again.

Iowa

You only need to wait for one day before you can retake your driving test in Iowa.

Kansas

Retakes require a wait of just one day and you can take three of them on a single learner's permit.

Kentucky

There is a waiting period of 7 days for retakes in the state of Kentucky.

Louisiana

Louisiana drivers who fail their first test can retake it two more times within a 90-day period. Each test incurs a re-examination fee.

You must wait at least 1 day between these tests and will be required to restart the application process if you fail the driving test on your next two attempts.

Maine

You can retake your driving test two more times within 90 days of a failed test. These retakes must be at least 1 day apart and if you still don't pass, the application process will repeat.

Maryland

Return the following day to retake your test and try again. If you fail, you must wait for a full week before taking your third driving test.

Massachusetts

There is a 2 week waiting period for test retakes and you can't make more than 6 attempts within a 12-month period.

Michigan

You can attempt two further retakes within a 90-day period and must restart the process if both of these fail or those 90 days pass.

Minnesota

The state of Minnesota gives you four chances to pass your driving test. If you fail, you must complete a minimum of 6 hours with a licensed instructor.

In addition, all tests after the second will incur a $20 fee.

Mississippi

If you fail your driver's test in Mississippi, simply wait for a week and you can retake it.

Missouri

The state of Missouri allows you to take three attempts (no more than 1 test per day). After this, you can obtain a form from the examiner. Send this form to the Department of Revenue and they will request that you complete additional behind-the-wheel training before you can attempt another test.

Montana

Retakes are allowed the following business day. After three fails, you must reapply for a license.

Nebraska

Retakes are not allowed on the same day. You can fail a total of three tests before you must reapply. You’ll need to provide proof of a DMV-approved driver training course or have an LPD for at least 90 days.

Nevada

Retakes cost $10 in Nevada and you can take 3 of these, with waits of at least 1 business day between them. You need additional behind-the-wheel training if you fail all three.

New Hampshire

If you fail your driving test in New Hampshire, simply wait 10 days and try again.

Your practice driving privileges will be revoked if you fail the third test and you must attend a NH-DMV Hearing if you want to try for a fourth time.

New Jersey

If you fail your test, you must wait for at least 2 weeks before trying again. Fail more than twice and you'll have a 6-month wait before you can try again.

New Mexico

You can three driving tests within a 90-day period, providing there is at least 1 day between them. You may be charged a re-examination fee with each exam.

New York

If you fail a test in New York, just wait for at least one day and try again. You will be charged a small fee for all tests taken after your first two tries.

North Carolina

If you fail on your first try in NC, wait for a week. You can take a test three times in 90 days. If you don't pass within this timeframe, you'll need to apply again.

North Dakota

If you fail on your first attempt, simply take the test again after at least 1 day. You may be charged a re-examination fee and if you don't pass within 90 days, or fail 3 times, you'll need to restart the application process.

Ohio

Ohio has a waiting period of 7 days for applicants who fail their test. If you fail the driving test four times, you must wait 6 months before you can try again.

Oklahoma

You only need to wait for 1 day before you can retake a driving test in Oklahoma. However, if you fail 3 times within 30 days of your first test, all subsequent tests require a 30-day wait.

Oregon

Drivers under the age of 18 must wait for at least 28 days before a retake while drivers aged 18 or older only need to wait 7 days.

The waiting time increases to 14 days after the second attempt and 28 days after the third.

Pennsylvania

You can retake your driving test twice after failing on your first attempt. Under 18s must wait for at least 1 week.

If you fail all three tests, obtain a learner's permit extension, and try again.

Rhode Island

If you fail the first time you take your test, you'll need to wait 30 days before trying again. Fail the second time and you'll need to wait for 90 days. A 180-day wait proceeds a third failed test.

South Carolina

You can schedule another driving test shortly after failing the first time around. This is something that your examiner can help you with.

If you fail your driving test for the second time, you must wait for 2 weeks. Fail it a third time and that wait increases to 60 days.

South Dakota

You can schedule another test after at least 1 day. You have three attempts in a 90-day period, after which you'll need to reapply and pay the application fee again.

Tennessee

You get three chances to complete your driving test in Tennessee. These must be taken within a 90-day period. If you don't succeed, the process must be restarted.

Texas

If you fail a driver's license test in Texas, you can retake it up to three more times within 90 days. Each retake must proceed a wait of at least two weeks and you'll need to pay a $7 fee.

Utah

If you fail the test, wait at least one day before retaking. You get three chances and will then need to reapply.

Vermont

Vermont requires drivers to wait for at least 1 week before they can retake a driver's test.

Virginia

You can retake your driving test after a wait of two days in Virginia.

If you fail your test 3 times, you must complete an 8-hour reexamination class before you can try again.

Washington

Washington requires applicants to wait for 1 week before they make another attempt.

West Virginia

You can reschedule a driving test after a wait of just 1 day. Fail three times and you'll be asked to complete a short driver's education course.

Wisconsin

The waiting period varies from 1 to 14 days and you can make 5 attempts in a year.

Wyoming

You have three attempts in 90 days and must wait at least 1 day between attempts. You will need to apply for a new permit if you have not passed within this period.

What Should I Do if I Keep Failing?

Just because you can retake the test a day/week later doesn't mean you should. You're expected to use this interim period to practice driving techniques and skills. The more you practice, the more likely you are to pass, so spend as much time behind the wheel as you can.

The main thing to remember is that you have other opportunities and you will get there eventually. Stay calm. Don't panic. And remember what you have learned.

How Many Errors Do You Need to Fail a Driving Test?

It depends on your state, but most states use a points system.

If we use New York as an example, you will fail your test if you accumulate more than 30 points. Every mistake you make earns 5, 10, or 15 points.

Failing to signal, failing to check blind spots, and making too many maneuvers in a 3-point turn will earn you five points. Most other mistakes (including following too closely and being inattentive to traffic) earn 10 points, while the biggest mistakes (failing to park the car properly, speeding, and driving too slowly) earn 15 points.

What are the Most Common Reasons for Failing A Driving Test?

About a quarter of all tests fail because the examiner needs to intervene. This usually means that a critical and potentially dangerous error has been made. If you make a dangerous mistake that forces the examiner to grab the wheel, there's a good chance you will fail your road test.