Some students can skip driving tests when getting permits, licenses

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Students with training certificates should still be prepared to take the tests. By Catherine Holland Students with training certificates should still be prepared to take the tests. By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX -- Students who take driving lessons at certain private driving schools can skip the tests - both written and road - when they go to the Motor Vehicle Division to get their licenses.

To qualify, students must get their training completion certificates from a driving school that contracts with the Arizona Department of Transportation. A minimum of 30 hours in the classroom is required to skip the written exam. At least 10 hours of practical behind-the-wheel training is necessary to skip the road test.

"Our top priority is safety," Stacey Stanton, the director of the MVD, said in a news release. "Through this program, we're partnering with the private sector to encourage new drivers to get as much professional instruction as necessary until they can safely drive on their own. We hope more drivers will utilize these training opportunities."

While most students with training certificates will be able to get their permits or licenses right away, a few will still be tested by the MVD.

The agency says it will use a random sample to gauge the driving education students are getting.

That means certificates holders should be prepared to take the written and road tests.

There are 50 ADOT-approved driving schools throughout the state. Click here for the list.