How to Clear the Behind the Wheel Driving Test in Florida

25 Sep

Driving test, according to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service, serves as a proof of non-immigrant classification. A valid Form I-94 along with the needed supporting attachment(s) are to be presented. However, if you are doubtful regarding which documents to take along, it’s better to bring all of your Citizenship and Immigration Services documentation. Moreover, a valid passport and valid US Visa must also accompany I-94s. Even more documents are required in a few classifications.


Once your identity and legal presence in the State has been verified, it won’t take more than 30 days to get your driver license and/or identification card. The card is sent to the mailing address you mention in the driver record. The card is valid either for one year or up till the day your Citizenship and Immigration Documents are valid, whichever is sooner.

Vehicle for the driving test is to be arranged by the applicant. In the absence of a valid license, a licensed driver must accompany the applicant. In order to eliminate communication barriers, possibility of an interpreter is however present. Not a single individual other than these two are allowed in the vehicle as passengers during the test.

The following maneuvers are expected during the driving test and obtain a

Shift Gears – (Valid only in case of manual cars), it has to be a smooth and perfect transmission.

Approach of Crossing – Change the lane if necessary, look in all directions, and shift gears smoothly in case of manual transmission.

Observes Right-of-Way – Stop for pedestrians to cross first, give way to emergency vehicles, and do not enter intersections where there are chances to hit the traffic coming from the other side.

Straight-in-Parking – You are supposed to park the vehicle exactly within the available parking space so that none of its parts extend out in the traffic lane. With the help of this maneuver, your examiner is in a position to judge you on the following dimensions:

1. Handling capability within limited spaces
2. Judgment of appropriate distance
3. Capability to control the vehicle under given circumstances

Stop/Start on a Grade – Presence of a hill in the driving test is ideal, otherwise, your examiner relies on simulation. This simulated maneuver takes place in straight-in-parking space or before the turnabout maneuver. It can either be a practical test, or the examiner may simply ask the applicant what he/she would do had there been a hill without a curb.

Stop Quickly – You should ideally drive at 20MPH and should exert breaks safely, smoothly and quickly as the examiner directs you to.

Backing – Here, you are supposed to reverse your vehicle up to a distance of 50 feet. Backing should be done at slow speed. You must look in the rear to reverse. Do not rely on rear-view mirror at all.

Obey Stop Signs – You should always indicate for your subsequent moves, for instance, while turning, changing lane, etc. You should be completely stopped at pedestrian crosswalk or stop line. Start off only when you are sure you won’t hit the cross traffic.