To improve driver safety, MVD extends waiting period for driver license test retakes

One-day waiting period extended to seven days

PHOENIX – In an effort to enhance driver preparation and safety, the Arizona Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Division is extending the waiting period before retesting for an Arizona driver license.

Effective today, MVD has implemented a policy change that will require people wanting to retake the written or road test after any failed attempt for their driver license to wait at least seven days before testing again. The previous waiting period was one day.

“This is a safety issue,” said Motor Vehicle Division Director Stacey Stanton. “By extending the waiting period we hope it will encourage people to take plenty of time to study the driving manual and practice their skills before attempting the exams. As always, our goal is to have safe, knowledgeable drivers on Arizona roads and highways.”

The current passing rate for the written test is approximately 50 percent. The passing rate for road tests is approximately 75 percent.

MVD gives an average of 20,644 written tests per month.

To help driver license applicants prepare for the written test, MVD provides practice tests online at Both English and Spanish versions of the Arizona Driver License Manual are available online as well.

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