MVD extends waiting period for driver's license test retakes

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX -- The Arizona Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Division has extended the waiting period for driver's license test retakes.

People wanting to retake the written or road test after any failed attempt for their driver's license will be required 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."

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

"We want to get that rate up," said Chuck Saillant, ADOT Motor Vehicle Division operations director.

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

To help driver's license applicants prepare for the written test, MVD provides practice tests online at