Test and Exams Information
Your eyes will be tested using a mechanical device. The minimum acceptable vision is 20/60 in one eye, with or without corrective lenses, and a field of vision of, at least, 140-degrees. Upon failure of the field vision exam the applicant will be required to have acompleted by a licensed optometrist or ophthalmologist.
The Knowledge Exam consists of two tests – the Road Rules Test and the Road Signs Test. The applicant must pass each test. A minimum score of 15 out of 20 correct answers, on each test, is required to pass. For additional information on test rules, download the DDS Driver Manual. A Practice Test is available on the website at no cost.
Customers with reading disabilities can request an oral test. If requesting an oral test, please visit the nearest CSC for further details. Each CSC has different days and times they administer the oral tests.
The Knowledge Exam must begin at least 30 minutes before the Customer Service Center closes if taking a non-commercial test and 45 minutes for CDL to allow adequate time for testing and issuance.
Road Rules Test
- The Road Rules Test consists of questions about driver responsibility, knowledge of laws and safe driving practices, applicable to the class of license for which the applicant applied.
- The Road Rules Test is available in some non-English languages. See a list of languages available for this Exam.
Road Signs Test
- The Road Signs Test consists of questions about the meaning of standard highway signs. You will be asked to identify certain signs, signals, and markers.
- The Road Signs Test is in English only. All drivers must have the ability to read and understand simple English such as used in highway traffic and directional signs.
Non-Commercial Class E and F Exams (Previously known as Non-Commercial Class A and B)
- Customers who wish to take the Non-Commercial Class E or F exam should study the Commercial Driver Manual.
- All vehicles used for the Road Skills Test must be covered by liability insurance (you must show a valid insurance card), pass a safety inspection and if the vehicle is not equipped with turn signals you must know your hand signals.
- You must present your vehicle registration and the tag (license plate) cannot be expired.
- The Road Skills Test is in English only.
- On the Road Skills Test, you will be expected to do all or part of a series of tests. For a sample list view Road Skills Test Overview.
- For additional information on testing rules, download the DDS Driver Manual.
- GA Department of Driver Services offers an online appointment system to schedule and take an automobile or motorcycle road test. CDL Drivers must visit a local center or call the DDS Contact Center to schedule a CDL Road Test. See the Road Test Appointments page for more information.
- At the end of the test, the license examiner will gladly show you your score sheet and will provide you ample opportunity to discuss the test if you so desire. The applicant must achieve a minimum score of 75% to pass.
- Applicants who fail the Knowledge Exam or Road Skills Test must wait at least one day to retest.
- Applicants who fail the Knowledge Exam or Road Skills Test a second or subsequent time (third, fourth, etc.) must wait at least 7 days to retest.
- A 30 day waiting period to retest applies to an applicant who fails the Road Skills Test due to a traffic accident or traffic violation during the Road Skills Test, whether ticketed or not.
- All retesting is subject to reservation availability.
- The permit fee must be paid before the test begins. DDS Customer Service Centers accept Cash and Credit/Debit Cards including Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express. We do not accept checks, money orders, or cashier checks. We apologize for any inconvenience.
- Fees are not refundable and must be paid each time the test is taken.
- Safe motorcycle riding depends largely on your knowledge and skills.
- You can take a Georgia Motorcycle Safety Program rider education course that offers a driver's license test waiver for graduates. For more information about locations and schedules, visit our Motorcycle Safety Program page. The Rider Skills Test (RST) is used for both two-wheeled (RST-2W) and three-wheeled vehicles (RST-3W).
- Both tests consist of four riding evaluations that measure your control of the motorcycle and your hazard-response skills. The final two exercises involve speeds of about 15 miles per hour. Please see the Georgia Motorcycle Operator's Manual for more details about each evaluation.
- You will be scored on time/distance standards as well as path violations. The test can be ended early for point accumulation, committing an unsafe act, or failure to understand or follow instructions.
90-DAY MOTORCYCLE DRIVER'S LICENSE TEST WAIVER
- The State of Georgia will waive your knowledge and skills test and issue you a Class M driver's license if you have a 90-Day Motorcycle License Test Waiver issued by the Georgia Motorcycle Safety Program (GMSP). The Georgia Motorcycle Safety Program offers professional rider education programs that include classroom instruction as well as on-cycle training in a controlled, off-street environment. The Program even provides training motorcycles.
- Successful graduates become eligible for their motorcycle driver's license without having to take the Department of Driver Services' knowledge tests and on-cycle test (it does not waive the vision test or any fees and it is only valid for 90 days from the day the course ends). View the 90-Day Motorcycle License Test Waiver for more information.