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How to Pass Your New Hampshire Road Test

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by Zutobi · Updated May 18, 2021

If you’re reading this, it may be about time to get your driver’s license in the state of New Hampshire. You may know that the road exam is one of the most important obstacles standing in between you and your ability to freely drive throughout the state.

But – preparing for and passing your New Hampshire road test is not as complicated as it may sound. Be sure to read this guide in its entirety to make sure you don’t miss any steps. 

Requirements Before Taking the New Hampshire Road Test

You won’t be allowed to simply walk in and take the road skills test. There are requirements you’ll have to complete beforehand.

1 – Vision Test

The vision test is the first exam that will be required. You must exhibit 20/40 vision or better. You may also complete it with a state-licensed ophthalmologist, optometrist, or physician. If you fail, an eye doctor will need to determine if you are visually capable of operating a motor vehicle. 

2 – Written Exam

The exam has 40 questions and you’ll need to score 80% or better, which is equal to 32 correct answers. 

Additional Requirements

Teenagers have a few extra requirements to complete in addition to the above prerequisites. If you are under the age of 18, you will be required to complete driver education and supervised driving before taking the road test. 

Your parent or legal guardian will also have to sign an authorization certificate

Getting Your Car Ready for the New Hampshire Driving Test

A properly registered and insured vehicle will be required to take the driving test.  Before the start of your test, the DMV examiner will check your vehicle to ensure it meets all state requirements, such as the following:

  • Properly inflated tires
  • Operable brake lights
  • Clear and unobstructed windows/windshields
  • Operable seat belts
  • Operable speedometer
  • Operable braking system
  • No safety warning indicator lights on dashboard

What to Bring to the Test

It’s best to arrive up to 15 minutes ahead of time to avoid any potential missing your scheduled time slot. Late tester-takers will be required to reschedule their exam, which may delay their test by multiple weeks or months. 

Like all visits to the DMV, it will require you to bring some things with you. Luckily, there are not many things to remember for the road test. You’ll need to bring a licensed driver to drive you to and from the DMV office. Additionally, you’ll need a vehicle to use on the exam. 

What is Tested on the Road Test in New Hampshire?

You’ll be tested on several driving maneuvers, as well as your ability to safely operate a motor vehicle. The average road test takes 15-20 minutes and no other passengers can accompany you on the exam. 

Below is a checklist of a few of the things your test examiner will be observing:

  • Habits while driving
  • Knowledge and understanding of traffic signs and rules of the road
  • Handling the stress of driving in traffic
  • Attitude toward driving, personal, and public safety

After Your Road Test

If you passed your driving test, congratulations! You’ll be required to turn in your learner’s permit or out of state driver’s license, if you have one. A DMV clerk will hand you a temporary license. Be sure to check it over to ensure all the information on it is correct. Your permanent license card will be sent to your address on file. 

If You Fail Your Test

You must wait 10 days before you can retake the road test in New Hampshire. It’s not a big deal if you fail your exam. Simply take note of the feedback given to you by your test examiner.

That’s it!

That’s all there is to passing the New Hampshire road test. While it can be a daunting experience for those faced with the exam for the first time, it is fairly simple to navigate as long as you have the right knowledge. 

If you need any help studying for your upcoming exams, then Zutobi is the perfect study guide with online practice tests, a summarized handbook, and practical driving tips that will help you immensely during the actual road exam. 

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