With COVID-19 creating a new normal in many areas of daily life, the world of driver’s education has seen some shifts as well. The most newsworthy change was that some states waived the road test for teens at the beginning of the pandemic. But since then a lot has changed.
We're continuing to keep an eye on the situation at DMVs across the country so our users have the most up-to-date information. Each state sets their own policies for road tests. The seven states below highlight the similarities and differences between COVID-19 road test procedures.
Georgia Road Tests
After the no road test for teen drivers debacle, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp quickly issued an order that road tests are required for teens to get a drivers license. The 20,000+ permit holders that upgraded to a full-fledge license without taking the road test will have until September 30, 2020 to pass it so they can keep their license.
In Georgia, the road test is modified from the norm. The administrator will be outside of the car while the student drives with a licensed parent or guardian in the passenger seat. The same scoring is used and you’ll still need to perform the same maneuvers.
All tests, including road tests, must be scheduled in advance.
California Road Tests
California DMV field offices are open for business, but only some of them are administering behind-the-wheel tests. There are also a few differences to the road test during the COVID-19 pandemic:
Your temperature will be checked at the beginning of the appointment.
A mask must be worn at all times.
The administrator will ask a series of COVID-19 health questions.
At least two windows must be down during the driving test.
You should schedule a time to take the road test at the California DMV website. The online scheduler will automatically check to make sure you meet the permit requirements.
Texas Road Tests
The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is allowing teens to take the road test at their offices by appointment only. Once you arrive at the DPS you’ll go through a health screening and have to wear a mask at all times.
Ohio Road Tests
Road tests are back on in Ohio. However, they are by appointment only. There are two ways to schedule your road test:
By calling 877-439-8378
Using the Ohio BMV’s Live Chat feature
Examination stations are open across the state but some offer limited testing services. Call ahead to see if your local examination station offers both the maneuverability test and modified in-car testing. By modified they mean a licensed adult rides along with you during the road test and the administrator watches you from outside the vehicle.
Pennsylvania Road Tests
As of August 23, 2020, Pennsylvania still has road tests on hold. Permit and knowledge tests are being administered by appointment only.
Indiana Road Tests
The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) is allowing teens to schedule a time to take the driving skills test online. Appointments must be made at least 48 hours in advance. Masks are not required but are recommended.
Florida Road Tests for Teen Drivers
Teens can visit a Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) branch to take the road test. All customers must have their temperature taken and answer health screening questions. If you have a fever you won’t be able to take the road test. Masks are required at this time as well.
Don’t want to wait in line at the local FLHSMV branch? The drivers license skills test can be taken through an approved third-party administrator - like Aceable!
What It Means For Education and Requirements
Many people wonder what these changes mean for driver education. At the moment, all the other requirements are still the same in states that waive or modify their road tests.
For example, in Georgia, 16- and 17-year-old teen applicants are still part of a graduated system. Before someone in this age group can take the road test, the applicant must:
Have held a learner’s permit for one year and one day with no violations.
Have completed at least 40 hours of supervised driving, six hours of which need to be at night.
Pass the on-the-road driving test which has now been reinstated as a requirement
Getting a drivers license is still a monumental event, despite having to practice social distancing. Aceable is here for you no matter where you’re practicing for your road test.
As states begin to reopen in phases, we will continue to track the changes that are being adopted so you can stay updated. Please check-in and stay informed!
*This article was updated on 9/24/2020.