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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. The consumption of alcohol while taking drugs can:
have a more pronounced effect than either taken separately.
have a less pronounced effect than either taken separately and is always safe.
help cure your illness.
improve your driving ability.
2. You have stopped for a train at a railroad crossing. After the train passes, you must:
watch for vehicles that must stop at railroad crossings (school buses, trucks carrying hazardous materials, etc.).
watch for multiple trains.
All of the above.
3. Which of the following substances can impair your ability to drive safely and may result in an arrest for driving under the influence of intoxicants (DUII)?
A controlled substance, such as illegal drugs or prescription medicines.
An inhalant, such as glue or paint.
Alcohol, including beer, wine and other liquor.
All of the above.
4. What does a yellow arrow signal mean?
Vehicles moving in all directions must stop if they can. The light will soon be red.
The same as the yellow light, but applies only to movement in the direction of the arrow.
The same as a green light.
None of the above.
5. When changing lanes:
check the inside rearview mirror.
slow down.
look over your shoulder to make sure the lane is clear.
6. This road sign means:
Bicycle repair shop ahead
Watch for bicycles
Bicycles not allowed
Bicycles have the right-of-way
7. When in a motor vehicle on a highway, it is:
all right to drink if youre not driving.
illegal to possess open containers of alcohol in the passenger compartment.
illegal to drink from, but all right to transport, open containers of alcohol in the passenger compartment.
all right to drink if youre driving but not drunk.
8. This road sign warns drivers that:
they are coming to a point where another traffic lane joins the one they are on.
the one-way street or roadway is about to change to two-way traffic.
a divided highway is ahead.
they cannot go straight ahead.
9. This road sign means:
Do not pass
Keep left
Keep right
Pass with caution
10. The extra space in front of a large truck is needed for:
other drivers when they want to slow down.
other drivers when merging onto a freeway.
the truck driver to stop the vehicle.
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DC DMV Written 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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