The Two-Step Process of Getting a Driver's License
Though the process of getting a driver's license may be simplified to two steps, it doesn't necessarily mean that it is an easy in-and-out operation. The two processes that most states have is the knowledge test and the road skills test. One has to prepare well enough to pass both to receive your driver's license.
STEP ONE: Pass your DMV knowledge test - this is for getting your Learners Permit.
Knowing the proper Rules of the Road is the first priority when getting a license. A new driver must pass a written knowledge exam to receive their learner's permit. The learner's permit is designed to give new drivers a period (six months to a year), in which they can learn to drive under the close supervision of an experienced licensed driver (21 years of age or older). Once the new driver has developed their driving skills and gained enough experience, they should be ready to pass their driving skills or road test.
Last year, some states had over 50,000 new drivers fail the DMV knowledge exam. It is highly recommended new drivers complete a practice test course prior to taking the real thing.
Here's how it works... When you log into the prep course, you will be given a test consisting of 40 random questions selected from our database. Take the test as many times as you like, because the test questions change each time you log in. Correct answers are provided at the end of each test, along with detailed explanations.
- When you have successfully taken and passed the test at least five times you're GUARANTEED to pass the official test at your local DMV office.
The second step, of course, is the Driving Skills Test.
The road test is designed to test the basic driving skills that everyone needs to safely handle a motor vehicle. Although the road test only tests about 12 driving maneuvers, approximately 25% of new drivers fail in their first try.
The examiner will give the new driver instructions to perform a driving skill such as parking, making an emergency stop, and a three-point-turn. Points are assigned to each driving skill during the test. The examiner will note it on the test form. If enough minor mistakes are made, usually adding up to 30 points or more, the driver will not pass. However, most of the failures are due to simple driving tasks. Mistakes such as failing to stop completely at a stop sign or hitting the cones while trying to park are grounds for an automatic failure. New drivers should practice these maneuvers over and over until they are second nature before attempting to pass the road test.
Here's how it works...
- It's 100% online - Practice as many times as you need too!
- Get "Behind the Wheel" training with the National Safety Commission's home simulator course!
- Shows you exactly what the DMV examiner will be looking for!
Online Driving Simulator
Get behind a "virtual wheel" and practice for the road test portion of the driving test. After completing the course you'll know the top reasons new drivers fail their exam, so that you do not make those same mistakes. You'll prepare for your driver's license with a checklist similar to one the driver examiner uses and know the driving manuevers you'll be tested on before you head to the DMV office.