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Anyone who operates a motor vehicle or motorcycle on public roadways in the District of Columbia is required to have a driver’s license or learner’s permit. To obtain a DC driver license, you must successfully complete a knowledge test, skills road test and vision screening. The written test is based on the information contained in the District of Columbia DMV Driving Manual, and is designed to check your knowledge of rules of the road, traffic laws, road signs, and safe driving practices. The official DMV test consists of 25 questions. A passing score consists of at least 20 correct answers (80%).
1. Smoking while driving:
helps maintain driver alertness.
is not a distracting activity.
is a distracting activity.
does not affect driving abilities.
2. This white sign means you:
must wait for the solid green light before you turn left.
may turn left only on a green arrow.
may turn left on a green light when it is safe.
3. When you pass another vehicle, before you return to the right lane, you must:
look at your interior rear-view mirror.
make sure you can see the front bumper of the vehicle you passed.
All of the above.
4. Service signs are ____ with ____ letters and symbols.
green; white
blue; white
white; green
white; black
5. When its raining, you should:
steer off the road.
drive in low gear.
steer and brake smoothly.
6. It is important to realize that your vehicles braking distance will be much longer:
when driving at night.
on interstate highways.
on wet, icy or gravel roads.
All of the above.
7. What is the first thing to do when you make a three-point turn?
Signal with your left turn signal, then check carefully for traffic coming toward you.
Turn left, go across the road so you come to a stop while you face the edge of the road.
Signal with your right turn signal, then pull over to the right and stop.
None of the above.
8. This road sign means:
No U-Turn
Do not enter
9. When being passed by another vehicle, drivers should:
maintain a constant speed.
slow down.
speed up.
10. This sign means:
The divided highway ends 350 to 500 feet ahead.
The highway ahead is divided into two one-way roadways.
Drivers are coming to a point where another traffic lane joins the one they are on.
Reversible lane ahead.
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DC DMV Permit Test Facts

Number of questions: 25
Correct answers to pass: 20
Passing score: 80%
Number of questions: 25
Correct answers to pass: 20
Passing score: 80%
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