Driver Services

Tests and Manuals

Written Test

If you are currently licensed in another state, a written test will normally not be required. However, in some cases it may be required.

Upon payment of all applicable fees, you have three attempts to pass the written test within 12 months from the date of the application. After three failed attempts to pass, you must pay for a new application. If you also applied for endorsements, you have three attempts to pass each endorsement test. If you fail a test, you may take it again the next day.

The written test for a regular driver license consists of 30 multiple-choice questions. You take the test at a computer work station using a touch screen (audio assist is available). Questions are taken from the Arizona Driver License Manual. Please thoroughly study the manual before taking the test. To take a sample test, see the Practice Tests section.

For information on CDL testing, see Commercial Driver License Tests/Manuals.

Verbal Knowledge Test

A verbal knowledge test may be considered in lieu of the written test in these situations:

  • A customer declares that he or she cannot read or has a low reading competency.
  • A customer has incorrectly answered a large number of questions on a previous test or has failed a second or third attempt.
  • A customer reads in a foreign language and a written test in the foreign language is not available.

Offices conduct verbal tests by appointment, according to this schedule:

  • Visit offices to make an appointment
  • Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday:
    8:30-10:30 a.m. and 2-2:30 p.m.

A computerized audio version of the written knowledge test is available in offices without an appointment.

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Road Test

If a road test is required, you may drive a test route that has a variety of traffic situations. An examiner will ride with you in your vehicle and give you directions to follow. You will be observed and graded on specific actions and on your general ability to operate the vehicle safely. Before going out on the road, you will be required to pass a parking test.

Road tests may be suspended due to extreme weather or safety conditions.

Paying one application fee allows you three attempts to pass the test in a 12-month period. You may retest as soon as the next business day.

You must provide the vehicle used for the test. The vehicle must be in good operating condition and must have current registration, plate and tab. If your vehicle is a 1972 model or newer, it must be equipped with seat belts, and these belts must be properly fastened and adjusted. You must have current automobile liability insurance.

Before you can take the road test, you will have to show that you understand the meaning of Arizona traffic signs. You will also have to demonstrate that you can understand English-language instructions, including these:

  • Stop.
  • Slow down.
  • Change lanes left/right.
  • Drive straight ahead.
  • Turn left/right at the next street, corner, stop sign or traffic light.
  • Check your speedometer.
  • Fasten your seat belt.
  • Check your turn signal.