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How to pass driving test with ADHD?

Driving (Skills) Test

Appointments are required for driving skills tests and must be scheduled a minimum of 48 hours and maximum of 3 weeks in advance. Make sure to review all requirements prior to scheduling a driving test.

On Your Scheduled Day.

  • You must arrive at least 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment time to take a driving test.
  • When you arrive at the branch, find the nearest associate to inform them of your skills exam as branches currently have longer wait times than normal.

A driving test is valid for two years or until the learner’s permit expires, whichever is first.

The scheduler is updated daily.

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Schedule a Driving Test

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What to Expect During Your Driving Test

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Current Driving Test Requirements

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Driver Training Skills Test

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Elements of the Driving Test

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Failure of Driving Test

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Indiana Driver’s Manual

Schedule a Driving Test

How to Make an Appointment on myBMV

Watch this video to see step-by-step how to schedule an appointment for your driving test.

How to Confirm Your Appointment

You can view your appointment time in your myBMV account. After you login, go to the driver’s license and state ID page and select Schedule Driving Test from the left navigation. Your appointment will display on the bottom half of the page.

Can’t Schedule Online?

If you meet any of the following criteria, you will not be able to schedule online:

  • You are a foreign national and do not have a social security number
  • Your learner’s permit expired
  • You renewed your learner’s permit in the last 6 months

Please call our contact center at 888-692-6841 for help with scheduling an appointment.

What to Expect during your Driving Test

COVID-19 has changed the way driving test are being executed. The BMV has implemented changes to comply with CDC guidelines and to promote a safe environment for both customers and employees.

Please make note of all required steps and plan ahead for your scheduled driving test.

If you are unwilling to comply with the requirements, you will be unable to complete a driving test with the BMV.

Current Driving Test Requirements

  • Customer Requirements

What To Expect At The Branch

  • If you answer yes to any of the questions, the scheduled driving exam will be cancelled and rescheduled for a later date when you are feeling better.

What To Bring With You

  • Your examination vehicle must be insured to the state’s minimum liability insurance standard.
  • The vehicle must pass a vehicle inspection just before going on a skills exam (e.g., 2 brake lights working, all 4 turn signals working, doors operational, no cracked windshield or hindering the line of sight, no spare tires).
  • Any driver assistance technology must be deactivated for the skills exam.
  • No one but the individual taking the skills exam can be in the car with the skills examiner.
  • You must have at least 2 windows in your vehicle opened slightly during the exam.
  • If for any reason the skills examiner determines the vehicle is unsafe, the skills exam will be canceled and the applicant can return at another time to take another skills exam when they have a vehicle that is in safe operating condition.
  • The vehicle must be legally equipped and in safe and clean condition.
  • The vehicle used must be properly registered.
  • BMV Drive Examiners are strongly encouraged to wear masks.
  • Tear away plastic sheet covers may be placed over the passenger seat of your car during the exam.
  • Drive Examiners are strongly encouraged to have hand sanitizer with them, wear gloves, or do both.

Driver Training Skills Test Program

If you have a learner’s permit and have successfully completed driver training with an Indiana licensed Driver Training provider, and are 16 years and 90 days of age, you may take the driving test with the provider if your provider participates in the BMV’s driving skills test administration program. You may also choose to take the skills exam at a branch when you apply for a driver’s license. If any of the following situations occur, you must take the driving test at a branch:

  • Your learner’s permit expires;
  • Your driver training provider does not participate in the BMV’s driver training skills test program; or
  • You fail to successfully complete your driver training program.

Elements of the Driving Test

During the exam, you must pay particular attention to the follow situations:

  • Drive in the proper lane, obey the lane markings, look carefully, and signal properly before changing lanes
  • Leave enough distance between your vehicle and the vehicle ahead of you to avoid a collision
  • If you are overtaken and passed by another vehicle, maintain your speed and give the other vehicle enough room to pass safely
  • Control your speed according to posted speed limits and varying traffic conditions
  • Observe good defensive driving habits
  • Listen to instructions and observe the general flow of traffic
  • Approach intersections at the proper speed, look for other vehicles, come to a complete stop, anticipate that the light might change, and do not try to beat a yellow before it changes to red
  • Use your mirrors and check your blind spots to ensure you are backing correctly out of parking spaces
  • When parking, always check traffic by looking in your mirrors, signal your intention to park, and move into the space smoothly and at the proper speed

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The following actions may detract from your final score:

  • Failing to use defroster or wipers when needed
  • Failing to use both hands on the wheel
  • Selecting the wrong gear
  • Failing to signal
  • Driving too slowly for conditions or stopping unnecessarily
  • Overrunning a crosswalk, stop line, or stop sign
  • Failing to check blind spot
  • Slowing speed when changing lanes
  • Reversing too fast
  • Leaving turn signal on after completed lane change
  • Driving too closely to the vehicle ahead or to a parked vehicle

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The following actions will result in an automatic failure:

  • Disobeying a yield, stop, school zone, or no turn on red sign
  • Disobeying a traffic signal
  • Backing over a curb
  • Driving into a parked vehicle
  • Failure to follow instructions
  • Failure to use a seat belt
  • Failure to react to hazardous driving conditions
  • Exceeding the posted speed limit
  • Driving too fast for conditions
  • Turning into or using the wrong lane
  • Passing in a no-passing zone or otherwise crossing a solid yellow line
  • Driving left of center/crossing a yellow line
  • Straddling marked lanes/using the wrong lane
  • Driving too close to pedestrians or bicycles
  • Passing a school bus with its arm out
  • Failure to pull over and stop for emergency vehicles or school buses
  • Causing an accident during a driving test
  • Failure to yield the right-of-way
  • Failure to obey required laws concerning railroad crossings
  • Failure to stop at a stoplight
  • Failure to stop at stop sign completely
  • Failure to obey posted speed limit/signs in a school zone

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Failure of Driving Test

  • If you fail a driving test, you must wait 7 days before taking another driving test.
  • If you fail three driving test, you must wait two months following the date of the last failed skills exam before attempting another skills exam.
  • You will be required to renew your learner’s permit if it expires before you are eligible for additional driving tests. You will also have to retake a written test to renew.
  • If you fail a written test you must wait until the next business day before taking another written test.

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  • View Your Vehicle Title(s)
  • View Your Driving Record
  • Request a Replacement Driver’s License
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How to pass driving test with ADHD?

ADHD & Autism

People with Autism, ADHD or related problems are often just as capable as anyone else to drive a car. However, due to slightly different information processing in the brain, learning is less self-evident. Fortunately, the right guidance during driving lessons will help you to get your driver’s license.

Rijschool van den Brink is a recognized autism/AD(H)D instructor.

The road to your driver’s license with ADHD or Autism

Before you take a Driving Test, the CBR assesses your fitness to drive based on a Health Certificate. Do you have ADHD, ADD or autism? After completing the Health Statement, you will visit an independent psychiatrist for an examination. Sometimes you will take a driving test. This way, the CBR can properly assess whether you are able to drive safely.

In case of ADHD, ADD or autism, it must be an independent psychiatrist that conducts the investigation and prepares the report. Reason for this is that there is no factual information that the practitioner can pass on and in these cases the specialist assesses the fitness to drive. The CBR will refer you to an independent specialist with knowledge of driving license requirements and who is familiar with ADHD, ADD or autism spectrum disorders likewise.

Steps to take:

1. Complete the Health Certificate on My CBR. Enter that you have ADHD or ADD only if you are currently diagnosed. Has the treatment been stopped by a doctor before your 16th birthday, are you not taking any medication, and do you no longer have symptoms? Answer the question about ADHD and ADD with “no”.

2. After submission for your Health Certificate you will immediately receive a confirmation receipt by e-mail and via My CBR.

3. Have you answered one or more Health Certificate questions with “yes”? You will have to see a doctor and/or a specialist. In case of ADHD, ADD and autism this will be a psychiatrist. You will receive a message, including the required form(s) and referral(s) in My CBR. Arrange an appointment to fill in the form with the doctor and/or specialist. Do you prefer to visit another specialist? Make an appointment with an independent specialist from this list.

Are you taking a driving test for the first time and do you have AD(H)D or autism? You do not have to wait for the referral. You can immediately make an appointment with a specialist from the list. Bring a printout of all messages as well as your ID to the appointment.

4. The psychiatrist examines you and fills in the forms.

5. If you want to view the completed forms, you can make or request a copy for your own records. Does the doctor work with Zorgdomein? Data will be sent directly to the CBR. Does he fill out the paper form? Send them back to CBR, Gezondheidsverklaring, PO Box 1062, 2280 CB Rijswijk (ZH).

6. A doctor from the CBR will assess all your information and you will receive a message via My CBR.

7. After positive assessment the CBR might send you an invitation for a driving test.

8. After a successful driving test, you will receive a decision from the CBR via My CBR that you are fit to drive. Consequently, we can now request your exam.

10 safe driving tips

10 safe driving tips

10 Safe Driving Tips – For parents with young people with ADHD

This has been produced to assist you, and the young people you care for who have ADHD, to drive safely and to reduce the risk of them having a collision whilst driving a car.

Some facts about ADHD and driving

We were once asked to explain the links between ADHD and poor driving outcomes / collisions. After giving it a moment of thought the answer was:

  • Imagine someone who has compromised concentration skills
  • Add to that their inherent desire and capability act impulsively
  • Now mix in a bit of hyperactivity, whether of the mind or the body
  • Then put them behind the wheel of a half-ton, metal machine capable of 70MPH+

The links couldn’t be clearer.

So here are the Safe Driving Tips

1. Display good adult driving habits

Your children and passengers in your car have observed your driving. They have watched your every action. Is your driving good enough to be a role model? Do you use your mobile phone while driving? Do you speed excessively? Would you be comfortable if your teenager drove as you do?

2. Determine the readiness of the learner to drive

Young people with ADHD are often emotionally and functionally immature when compared to others the same age. Teenagers with ADHD, therefore, may take significantly longer to develop good judgement and a mature attitude to driving. Teenagers who have explosive tempers, are uncooperative or cannot meet their current responsibilities, are not ready to drive.

3. Ensure the learner driver fully understands the Highway Code

This will ensure that the learner driver is aware of the rules of the road before they begin driving. They will also understand why these are the rules they are expected to obey. Use an app on a smartphone to cement their learning rather than expecting them to read the Highway Code as a book.

4. Address ADHD and any other conditions or behaviour that impact on driving safely

Learning to drive safely is serious. When this is made more difficult due to ADHD, the parents and the young learner driver must make efforts to understand these complications, and work to minimise the risks involved.

5. Select driver education materials and plan the content of driving lessons

When giving private driving lessons, ensure that the lesson has been prepared beforehand. Ensure the instructor has the route planned and allotted a timescale to the lesson.

The learner driver should also be prepared by ensuring they have taken any prescribed medication and are in a suitable mental and emotional condition to concentrate.

If neither of these are in place, cancel the lesson.

6. Consider medication issues and driving safely

Research has shown that ADHD behaviours can be significantly improved with medication use. Some of the known benefits include an increase in attention span and concentration. Individuals who have been prescribed medication should only drive within the time limits of the particular medication they are taking. Do you know what they are for your child’s medication?

7. Establish and incentive scheme for driver with ADHD

Parents of children with ADHD often use incentives to encourage their children to complete a particular task. Driving is no different. Some parents also state that driving is a powerful incentive to encourage everyday behaviour. Encourage your young person to work for the privilege of driving and the responsibility attached to it, by developing a reward system.

8. Carry out the driving lesson plans

It’s common to underestimate the time needed to teach an individual to drive. A learner driver with ADHD may take at least 3 times longer to learn to drive. You should keep a log of hours and driving skills demonstrated during the lessons. This will enable you to check on progress and chart consistent faults. It will also allow the instructor to identify times of the day when the driver with ADHD performs badly and provide lessons at a more appropriate time.

9. Discuss safe driving expectations with the ADHD driver

When considering whether to allow their child to drive, parents should discuss the fact that they should not eat, drink, smoke or use their mobile telephone. If they don’t recognise this, they should not be driving.

10. Negotiate new rules after the ADHD driver has passed their test

Having passed their test, the new driver is ready to drive a car without adult supervision. Some new rules should be established before they drive alone:

  • Consider curfew times for weekdays and weekends in line with medication
  • Discuss what times of the day they can drive
  • Discuss the consequences of an accident
  • Restrict passengers, totally if possible
  • Keep a record of the person’s driving
  • Ensure they know what to do in an emergency
  • Set rules for the use of the family car
  • Include rewards for compliance
  • Enforce no drink driving rules
  • Determine who pays for petrol, insurance and fixed penalty tickets

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