The NH-DMV has a 3 Road Test Failure Policy

Upon failure of the 3 road test the applicant's Practice Driving privileges will immediately and permanently be revoked.

The applicant and parent will be requested and must attend a NH-DMV Hearing in Concord if they wish to attempt a 4th road test.

At the Hearing it is usually determined the applicant must do 10 hours (could be less or more) of drive training with a certified instructor (you have to pay for this drive training). After the drive training is completed the applicant will be allowed 2 additional road test and the applicant's practice driving privileges remain revoke, meaning the applicant can never practice drive except with a certified instructor until they are licensed.

Also a $100.00 reinstatement fee must be paid to the NH-DMV before the 4th road test appointment will be scheduled.

This is a harsh reality for those who persist in taking road test and they do not operate the vehicle in the manner the NH-DMV determines to be safe, not a risk to themselves or the others around them.

This School receives numerous request (from students of other driving schools and adults who train with a relative) to do the mandated training.               

The road exams are now longer in time, (up to 15 minutes)  more complicated and being scored critically.

If the applicant is weak, demonstrating unacceptable decision making at intersection (can I go?) or what's ahead (slow down, don't you see the curve/red light ahead!), not seeing/recognizing road signs, constantly making errors in route such as: improper following & stopping distances to the vehicles ahead, speed control, path of travel, wide/short turning, turning to fast/slow, over steering the turn, lane change without head checking, very little/no mirror usage, very little/no visual search pattern, does not enter or exit the highway to DMV guidelines, cannot forward or reverse or parallel park well. Don't go for a road test.

Even if they are doing 75% of this well and the remainder needs improving, again don't take them for a road test. The DMV has a grading value, applicants start with a 100 points and for each and every error a deduction of 3 to 10 points will be subtracted from the 100.

Applicants' must not grade below 80% on the road exam. It's quite easy to make 4 or more errors in a 15 minute road exam and if they do the examiner will politely state " I am so sorry you did not pass the road test" and they will have to listen for 5 minutes or more why and what they need to improve on.

If they have failed 2 road test it is time to take the $100.00 you will have to pay anyways for the reinstatement fee and put it towards additional professional drive training to avoid the hearing and permanent driving privilege suspension.

Going to the 3rd road test with a hoping attitude it will happen this time is a bad decision.

My advice is that if an applicant fails the first road test they should arrange additional drive training from a certified instructor, occurring a second failure is cutting it close and places a great deal of stress upon the already nervous applicant attempting the 3rd road test knowing failure will cause severe consequences. 

Or just continue to practice drive with them with a firmer attitude of driving to DMV expectations and pointing out the errors they are making. Somewhere along the line they should be able to drive until you feel comfortable with their driving without any verbal advise as to what to do, this is what the NH-DMV is expecting. Not everyone is capable of driving at 16, take the time that is needed, could be they will be practice driving with you for a year or more, whatever time frame it takes is better than the consequences for failing 3 road test and their practice driving privileges are revoke forever. 

Examiner’s Expectations

When you bring the applicant to the road test the Examiner is entrusting the sponsor’s evaluation this individual can operate the vehicle safely without any guidance. Should the Examiner at any time during the road test have to instruct the applicant in decision making, guidance in speed, position, braking or any other involvement to assure they return safely back to the DMV the applicant has not passed. They never state in movement that it is over; the Examiner simply directs the applicant in the shortest path back to the DMV and politely explains why they did not pass.

The Examiners are very good at what they do, they are polite, friendly and do not wish to fail anyone. They understand that the applicant is nervous and driving in unfamiliar territory and give allowances for this. But the applicant must demonstrate the ability to operate safely and show decision making capabilities.

What the Examiner is Observing and Grading For:

Sign Recognition: applicants must develop the technique to view ahead to see and do what these signs are informing operators to do or prepare for. The Examiner does not give guidance, they expect the applicant to do this and follow the guidance of the posted speed and warning signs. It is very easy to fail a road test when the applicant does not view signs or views them but does not follow the sign’s guidance.

Mirror Usage: before & after turn, before & after a curve, when touching the brake, or activation of the turn signal, approaching an intersection and approximately every 6 seconds when traveling along a straight roadway.

Visual Search Pattern: this is turning the head to view in a 45 degree angle left and right at a minimum of 100 feet before coming to an intersection in which another vehicle may be approaching and be at the intersection at the same time as you.

The Examiner is looking for eye movement, that the applicant has developed the ability to understand what is going on ahead & around them, not the dead stare in the windshield.

Steering Wheel: 2 hands on the wheel, no inside wheel turning, no palm steering, hold on to it during a red light.

Braking: longer steadier soft stop. Don’t brake suddenly, harshly for squirrel/bird in the roadway this is a failure reaction.

Stopping Distance: minimum of 10 feet to the forward vehicle. Bumper just before the stop line.

Following Distance: minimum of 3 seconds. Examiners know how to determine this and so should the applicant.

Speed Control:up/down inclines. Exceeding the speed limit is a moving violation; if the applicant performs any actions that are defined as a moving violation they will not pass. Do not exceed the speed limit, stop properly at all intersections, do not follow too closely and demonstrate smooth comfortable safe operation.

Lane Position 1: Going straight, through curves & turns is very important.

Proper Lane Changing: Review, side view, signal & a head check to rear door window.

Understanding Intersections: Know and execute the right of way rules without hesitation.

Highway: Entering signal/head-Check, merging at appropriate speed, traveling (55mph center of lane) and exiting, signal, no braking or over slowing  in travel lane, slow down appropriately in the off ramp. Basically most beginning drivers do this poorly, they enter with no signal or signal too late, don' head check or do a prolong overdone head-check which is just as bad and enter at a low speed (35mph). When exiting they don't reduce speed of the vehicle before entering the sharp curve in the off ramp.

Parking:all aspects of parking may be requested of the applicant; left or right forward park, left or right reverse park, parallel park, angle park, parking to the curb, flat, uphill, downhill (knowing which way to turn the front wheels on hills with or without a curb)

When the applicant demonstrates that they can perform all of the above in a safe controllable manor the Examiner will gladly state that they performed well and are now a licensed operator within the state of New Hampshire and we will be proud of our efforts to have achieved this goal.

Licensing Information

DMV Forms and requirements

DMV licensing day is a walk in only from 8am to 330pm, be prepared with: (DMV closes @ 4:30pm)

4 DMV forms that must be properly completed, which are:

40 hour Log Sheet (under 18 yoa only)

Parental Permission Form (under 18 yoa only)

Operator’s License Application

Driving School Completion Certificate (under 18 yoa only)

2 identification documents:a Primary & Secondary or 2 Primary documents must be presented.

Primary ID: an original or government reissued birth certificate (not hospital) or Valid Passport or Non Driver's ID.

Secondary ID: current year school ID or social security card.

Eye Test: Is there vision good, when was there last eye exam?

If all goes well with the documents and eye test, next is the general knowledge exam

40 question exams are conducted upon a computer terminal in which there is 40 minutes to complete. This corrects as you go along showing how many right or wrong. If you get 32 correct in a row the last 8 questions will not be presented. If you get 9 incorrect at any time the test will end and you will not see any more questions.

Should the applicant fail a minimum of a 10 day waiting period will be issued before a retest. There is no limit or penalty for retesting it is allowed to be taken until it is passed.

Road appointment will be offered to you upon a passing written exam grade of 80%

It is not necessary to make an road test appointment that day if you feel the student needs more practice driving, but the 40 hour log sheet must be completed to be allowed to get through the documentation process.

A written test is good for 1 year.

Caution: The DMV will allow 3 attempts to successfully pass the road test.

Please read the details of this upon the NH-DMV 3rd Road Test Failure Policy.

Non US Citizen: Must go to the Concord DMV for documentation processing and general knowledge exam. It is not required to road test in Concord. It is not necessary to make a road test appointment that day if you feel the student needs more practice. You can make a road test appointment at your local DMV sub-station at your convenience. Please speak to me if you are not a US citizen so I may give you the guidance to what needs to be prepared.

DMV Fees: there are no fees to take a general knowledge exam or road test and the applicant may take the written test as many times as necessary to pass it, but must wait 10 days before retesting will be allowed. This 10 day wait to retest also applies to road test.

The appropriate fee to attain the license will incur upon passing the road test.