Approved ADOT driving schools to issue certificates to skip license exams

Published: Jan. 13, 2015 at 6:05 PM MST|Updated: Jan. 27, 2015 at 6:05 PM MST
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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Students who undergo training at state-approved driving schools will now be able to receive training completion certificates that may waive written and road tests at Motor Vehicle Division offices, according to a recent release from the Arizona Department of Transportation.

It will not be a simple process, according to ADOT, there will be requirements that must be met by driving school students.  Those qualifications include being an Arizona resident and they must attend classes at an ADOT-contracted driving school.

A minimum of 30 hours of classroom training is required to waive the written test and at least 10 hours of behind-the-wheel training is required to skip the road exam.

"Our top priority is safety," said Motor Vehicle Division Director Stacey Stanton, in the ADOT release. "Through this program, we're partnering with the private sector to encourage new drivers to get as much professional instruction as necessary until they can safely drive on their own. We hope more drivers will utilize these training opportunities."

Many students who present these certificates at MVD offices will get their instructional permit or driver's license at that time, some will be chosen at random to take either the written or road test at the MVD office. This random testing will be used to determine the quality of instruction at the driving schools.

ADOT is recommending that certificate holders come to the MVD office of their choice, prepared to take the written or road test, in case they are selected.

Approved driver training schools is available online at

there are more than 50 ADOT approved driving schools in Arizona.

Enhancing driver training, and providing opportunities for ADOT-approved driving schools to issue certificates of completion to potentially bypass Motor Vehicle Division office testing, is an action step in ADOT's new Strategic Highway Safety Plan.

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