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California residents who drive on public roads and highways must have a California driver license. When you apply for a California license, you must present acceptable document(s) establishing your identity, residency, birthdate, and provide your social security number, if eligible. Examinations include a vision test, a knowledge test, and a driving test, if required. The CA DMV written test covers information found in the California DMV Driver Handbook, including road rules, safe driving practices, and signs questions. The DMV knowledge test consists of 36 questions and you need 30 correct answers to pass (83%). Practice with this sample test to get ready for the official CA driver's license test.
1. If you drive faster than other vehicles on a road with one lane in each direction and continually pass the other cars, you will:
Help prevent traffic congestion.
Get you to your destination much faster and safer.
Increase your chances of an accident.
2. Vehicles entering or exiting a roundabout:
must slow down.
must yield to all traffic.
have the right-of-way.
3. Which of the following is true about railroad crossings?
Trains cannot swerve out of the way. Never stop on the railroad tracks.
Flashing red lights indicate you must stop and wait.
All of the above.
4. If you see orange construction signs or cones on a freeway, you must:
change lanes and maintain your current speed.
be prepared for workers and equipment ahead.
slow down because the lane ends ahead.
5. When making a right turn from a highway with two lanes in your direction, you may turn from:
the lane closest to the center of the road.
the lane nearest the curb or edge of the roadway.
either lane, depending on oncoming traffic.
6. What should you do when you see a Wrong Way sign?
Come to a complete stop and call law enforcement.
Immediately make a U-turn.
Drive to the side of the road and stop. When safe, back out or turn around and return to the road you were on.
7. When they see this sign, drivers:
should not speed up or brake quickly.
need to be prepared to turn right and then left quickly.
should be prepared to make sharp turns at a high speed.
8. California’s “Basic Speed Law” says you must:
keep your speed close to that of other traffic.
always drive at the posted speed limit.
never drive faster than is safe for current conditions.
9. When drivers come to this sign, they must:
warn other drivers that a stop sign is ahead.
brake sharply and come to a complete stop.
be ready to stop at the stop sign.
10. It is night. A vehicle coming towards you has its high beams on, which makes it hard to see the road ahead. You should:
look straight ahead in your lane.
look ahead towards the right edge of your lane.
look ahead towards the left edge of your lane.
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CA DMV Permit Test Facts

Number of questions: 36
Correct answers to pass: 30
Passing score: 83%
Number of questions: 36
Correct answers to pass: 30
Passing score: 83%
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