The exact procedure varies depending on the state, but most states' departments of motor vehicles offer online appointment systems for drivers' tests. For example, to book a driver's license test in a state such as California, schedule a drive test through the appointment system that's available on DMV.CA.gov, as of 2015.
To book a test on DMV.CA.gov, visit the site's homepage and place the cursor over Online Services. On the menu that appears, click Appointments. On the Appointment System page, click Behind-the-Wheel Driving Test Appointment. Select a DMV office from the drop-down menu or by using the Map CA DMV offices link. Select the type of test, and then enter your full name, permit or driver's license number, date of birth and telephone number to schedule the appointment.
Standard prerequisites for taking a driving test include completion of a written knowledge test and completion of a driver's education course, although requirements vary depending on the state and the driver's age. Driving tests typically have fees that the drivers pay immediately before or after taking the tests.
Alternative options for scheduling a driving test include calling a department of motor vehicles or going to a department and scheduling the appointment as a walk-in, although this tends to take longer. When scheduling online, the appointment system for many states provides the driver with an appointment time. The driver can then choose to keep that appointment time or schedule the appointment at a different time or date.