Changes coming to the MVD road test this week

Contributed Photo/Courtesy ADOT: New drivers will now go through a much more thorough road portion of the driver’s license test, including vehicle inspection and operation steps.

New drivers will experience an updated process

Contributed Article/Courtesy ADOT

PHOENIX – The Arizona Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) has updated the road test for new drivers as drivers will be asked to provide proof of insurance and registration prior to the exam.

“These changes are intended to provide a consistent experience at any of the MVD offices or authorized third-party locations across Arizona,” said Mike Cryderman, MVD field operations administrator. “This new process continues our vision to become the safest, most reliable transportation system in the country.”

New drivers coming to an MVD or Authorized Third Party location to take their road test will have a new experience. Once they are ready to begin the driving portion of the test, the instructor will now ask them to provide the registration and insurance documents for the vehicle. This is to ensure each driver knows what documents are required in each vehicle, and where they are located.

The next new step will include a brief vehicle inspection to make sure the vehicle is properly maintained and operational for the public roads. Tire safety and turn signal lights are some of the elements checked at this point.

The “customer basic safety knowledge” is also a new step where the applicant must demonstrate the ability to use different aspects of the vehicle or identify the condition of the car prior to beginning the road test. In this portion, the driver will be asked to locate and demonstrate several features of the vehicle such as the windshield wipers, emergency brakes, hazard lights, and high beams.

Once the vehicle and applicant are cleared, the road test is then ready to proceed. This portion of the test will now take approximately 15-20 minutes to cover the five to eight miles that better reflects a typical commute.

These changes came about as part of a pilot program at 12 field offices across the state since August of 2021, and will now be effective Thursday, September 29, 2022, at all MVD and third-party locations.

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