You will be asked to answer a series of questions on the Delaware road rules (motor vehicle laws and safety practices). For example, you might be asked what the speed limit is for automobiles on two-lane roads; what actions are taken when you see a flashing red signal ahead, or under what conditions you should not pass another vehicle. You might also be asked what you should do if your vehicle starts to skid, or how far away from a fire hydrant you may legally park.

Road Test (Requirements: English  |  Spanish)

You are eligible to take a Class D or motorcycle road test 10 days after you pass the rules test. Road tests are given on every weekday, except Wednesday, from 8:00 until 11:30 and 1:30 until 3:30. Contact the facility where you obtained your permit for road test information. They will not be conducted during inclement weather (rain, fog, snow, and ice). Again, the Division does not conduct road tests on Wednesdays. To take the Class D test you must bring: card and valid insurance card for the vehicle that you will drive during the test.

  • Driver's license of the driver who came with you, and
  • Your learner's permit.

You will be required to drive for approximately 30 minutes and do such things as are usual in normal driving. You will not be asked to do anything that is contrary to the motor vehicle laws or safe driving practices. No tricks will be played on you. Instead, you will be asked to show that you know how to do such things as the following:

  • Respond to road signs, traffic signals and pavement markings
  • Parallel parking
  • Three point turn
  • Make right and left turns
  • Change lanes
  • Use right-of-way rules
  • Maintain proper speed
  • Back 50 feet
  • Merge with traffic
  • Follow and overtake vehicles
  • Enter intersections
  • Be overtaken
  • Inspect vehicle for safety
  • Know vehicle controls

Road Test Locations

Wilmington DMV Delaware City DMV Dover DMV Georgetown DMV
2230 Hessler Boulevard
New Castle, DE 19720
(302) 434-3220
2101 Mid County Drive
New Castle, DE 19720
(302) 832-5176
303 Transportation Circle
P.O. Box 698
Dover, DE 19903
(302) 744-2515
23737 DuPont Blvd.
Georgetown, DE 19947
(302) 853-1003

Motor Vehicle To Be Driven In Road Test

It is your responsibility to provide the motor vehicle to be driven in the road test. It must be properly registered. The vehicle must also pass our safety inspection. If the vehicle is registered in Delaware, you will be required to show proof of liability insurance. Furthermore, the vehicle must be within the License Class for which you have applied. The examiner will conduct a basic vehicle safety inspection before the road test begins. Please refrain from smoking during the test. The New Castle Inspection Lane does not conduct motorcycle road tests.

When You Must Be Accompanied By A Licensed Driver

Unless you already have a legal right to drive in Delaware, you must come to the road test accompanied by a licensed driver over 21 years of age, as described for the learner's permit. A licensed driver should remain to drive the vehicle away in case you fail to pass the tests.

Preparation For The Driver Examination

Studying the Driver's Manual will help you prepare to take the driver examination. You should study this manual carefully. Anything which is not perfectly clear, whether contained in this manual or not, should be discussed with the drivers license examiner prior to your examination.

If you plan to apply for a license Class other than Class D operators license, or for the motorcycle, or a commercial license, you will also need to study separate manuals which are available at the offices of the Division of Motor Vehicles (see back cover for locations where you may pick up these manuals).

If you fail any part of the driver examination test, you should prepare yourself thoroughly to take it again at a later date. You must wait at least ten days before taking the test or tests again.