• Automobile Skills Testing

    Skills Test Study Guide
    Information about residency verification and the skills test from the Secretary of State office.
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    Kalamazoo RESA located at 1819 East Milham, Portage MI 49002 at the pole barn on the north end of the property.


    To set an appointment please email diane.thompson@kresa.org or call 269-250-9290 . Road tests are by appointment and you must provide the vehicle for the road test. We do not offer rental vehicles. Appointments are available weekday afternoons and weekend mornings. Mr. Rank, the examiner, instructs drivers education with EZ Way and cannot test clients that he has provided "behind the wheel" training. 
    The schedule updates each Wednesday morning, with an additional week added to our existing schedule.


    Kalamazoo RESA charges $45.00 for the automobile skills test appointment. The $45.00 fees must be paid a minimum of 3 business days prior to your appointment. Fees are non refundable unless canceling a minimum of 48 hours in advance of your appointment. Fees can be paid in person at the Kalamazoo RESA Service Center at 1819 East Milham Ave Portage MI 49002 Monday - Thursday from 7:30-4:15, Friday 7:30-3:15  as a check, money order, or the exact $45.00 cash payment. You can apply the $45 fee to a Visa, Mastercard, or Discover card only by calling 269-250-9290. The charge service is not available at the KRESA building.


    It is your responsibility to come prepared for the test. Please read the following information
    bullet Late arrival to your appointment can result in a loss of fees and forfeit of your appointment.

    bullet No refund is available if your documents or vehicle do not meet state requirements, or if you are not eligible to road test. You can reschedule a second appointment for an additional $35.00.
     bullet Clients that fail to meet the State of Michigan standards (parking or driving) and want an additional appointment will be charge the full $45 fee.

    bullet You must cancel a minimum of 48 hours prior to your appointment for a full credit toward a future appointment. For your convenience, voice mail is available 24 hours a day at 269-250-9290 to record your cancellation message.

    bullet The road test generally takes 60 minutes to complete. Examiners will contact you by phone if your appointment is canceled due to poor weather conditions. 
    All applicants must bring the following:
    bullet A vehicle with current proof of insurance and registration.
    bullet A vehicle that is in safe working order. The test vehicle should be one you are familiar with and used during your practice sessions. The examiner may stop the test for equipment defects if the defects are specifically prohibited by law, or if the condition of the vehicle would endanger the safety of its occupants.
     bullet A vehicle with a "Dealer" plate must be accompanied with written permission in the dealer letterhead that specifically lists the name of the applicant that may use the vehicle for the test. If using a rental vehicle- bring the rental agreement along with the current registration and proof of insurance.
    Some of the equipment that will be checked at your appointment includes:
    bullet Brakes bullet Safety belt(s)
    bullet Exhaust system (muffler) bullet Speedometer
    bullet Horn bullet Springs
    bullet Washers bullet Mirrors
    bullet Wipers bullet Windshield
    bullet Tires bullet Lug nuts (missing or loose)
    bullet Exterior lights - low beams, taillights, brakes, turn signals for all vehicles. In addition, the center brake light for vehicles manufactured after 1986.  
     Under age 18 and have completed Segment One and Segment Two courses, you must:
    bullet Bring a parent or legal guardian during the road skills test. No additional passengers are permitted.

    bullet Bring your validated Level 1 Michigan Driver’s License dated at minimum 180 days.

    bullet Bring your Segment 2 Driver's Education course Certificate of Completion.
    bullet Effective 9/15/2016 Bring the driving log provided in Segment One and Segment Two instruction indicating 50 hours of driving (10 hours at night).

    bullet Bring a vehicle which has a back seat with functioning seat belts for the parent/guardian safety.
    bullet Bring photo identification if available.
    Age 18 or older and have not previously been licensed in Michigan or any other state or country, you must:
    bullet Practice driving on a TIP issued from the Secretary of State office for a minimum of 30 days (unless waived and stamped by the Secretary of State)

    bullet Bring photo identification if available. (ex. School, work or discount club identification)

    bullet Bring your valid Temporary Instruction Permit (TIP) and current proof of insurance and registration for your vehicle.

    bullet Only the examiner and applicant may ride in the vehicle during the exam (except for interpreters). Interpreters must bring their license with photo identification to the appointment.