How many mistakes are allowed on a driving test in Tennessee?

After passing my written exam, I’m finally ready to take my driving test in Tennessee. I booked an appointment, so I have about a week to get ready. My instructor told me that I’m allowed to make minor mistakes on my driving test and still pass, but he didn’t elaborate. How many mistakes are you allowed to make on a driving test in Tennessee?

Eric Schad · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
Up to six mistakes are allowed on a driving test in
, so you have a little margin for error when trying to get your
Tennessee driver's license
If you make more than six errors, you’ll have to retake your test. The amount of time you need to wait depends on the number of mistakes you made:
  • 7 to 9 mistakes: Next day
  • 10 to 12 mistakes: Seven days
  • 13 to 15 mistakes: 14 days
  • 16 or more mistakes: 30 days
Several actions may also cause you to automatically fail your driving test, so take extra caution not to do any of these:
  • Hit the curb when parallel parking
  • Cause an accident
  • Speed
  • Drive without a seat belt
  • Ignore stop signs and traffic signals or fail to come to a complete stop
Trust in your abilities, remember your training, and you should do just fine on your Tennessee driving test. After you get your license, remember that you still need
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