AN EVALUATION OF THE DRIVE TEST AS AN EXAMINATION REQUIREMENT FOR DRIVERS PREVIOUSLY LICENSED IN ANOTHER STATE

Currently, those drivers license applicants who possess drivers licenses from other states are required to take an on-the-road drive test in order to obtain a California drivers license. Increasing similarity between California and other states in licensing standards and driving conditions raises the question as to the current value of such a requirement. During one time period, 15,012 out-of-state applicants were given the drive test as usual. During another time period, 23,647 such applicants had their drive test wavied. Driver record data was collected for the 6 month period subsequent to when the driver test was (or would have been) administered. There were no significant differences between the groups on number of accidents, fatal and injury accidents, or convictions. The results did not support differential licensing standards for different age groups or for different states. Approximately 8% of those given a drive test failed on their first attempt. Almost all eventually passed. Eight months after the study period, 97.74% of the waiver group were licensed, as opposed to 95.84% for the test group, so that the drive test had only a slight screening effect. Elimination of the drive test requirement for out-of-state applicants would save 198,000 drive tests per year for an annual savings of $381,000. /Author/

  • Corporate Authors:

    California Department of Motor Vehicles

    Research and Statistics Section
    Sacramento, CA  United States 
  • Authors:
    • Harrington, D M
  • Publication Date: 1973-12

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: 24 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00099573
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Safety Council Safety Research Info Serv
  • Report/Paper Numbers: No. 44 Res. Rpt.
  • Files: TRIS, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Nov 5 1975 12:00AM