Passing one's driver's license exam has become over time a sort of symbol of the passage to adulthood. Having a driver's license in your pocket means that you are no longer dependent on your parents or your family for transportation. It also means leaving your bike and public transportation behind to be able to move around more freely, push the limits and discover new places.
But before you can do that, you have to pass the exam, which includes a theoretical test, called the code, and a practical one, called the driving test. And in France, getting a driver's license is far from being an easy task.
Indeed, few people get their license on the first try. Most of them have to go through the process several times, and some of them even despair of getting their license one day.
Hence the question that is frequently asked when taking a test: how many times can you retake it? The answer is not as simple as the question.
How many times can I retake the code?
There is no real limit to the number of times you can retake the general theory test, "the code" as it is often called. However, there is a validity period. Once you have passed your "code", it will only be valid for 5 years. And it is during this 5-year period that you will have to succeed in obtaining your driver's license, by passing the practical driving test. After this 5-year period, you have no choice but to go back to square one and retake the theory test.
However, there is also a limit to the number of times you can take the driving test without taking the driving test again, as we will see:
How many times can I retake the driving test?
It is only after having passed the theoretical test of the Highway Code that you can take the practical test, i.e. driving. It is preferable not to linger too long and to quickly move on to the driving test, because after 5 years from the date of obtaining your driving license, if you have not passed the driving test, you will have to start from the beginning and retake the theoretical test of the driving license. However, it is not necessary to rush, on the contrary, it is necessary to apply oneself and to avoid at all costs to present oneself to the driving exam more than 5 times. If you fail your driving test more than 5 times, then you will have to start from the beginning and retake the theory test of the code to be able to take the driving test again.
Things to remember
In conclusion, and in order to get your driver's license without taking too long, here are the things to keep in mind:
The driving code, once obtained, is valid for 5 years. If after 5 years you have not obtained your driver's license, then you must retake it. You can only take the driving test 5 times. After 5 failures, you must retake your code to be able to take the driving test again.