To apply for a learner permit or driver license in New York State, you must complete an Application for Driver License (MV-44). You must pass a vision and written test and pay the application and license fees. The written test covers the contents of the New York State DMV Driver’s Manual, including road rules, road signs, driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs, as well as other driving and safety rules.
The knowledge test consists of 20 multiple choice questions. To pass, you must correctly answer at least 14 questions, and at least 2 of the 4 questions about road signs.
1. Amber lights are used on:
personal vehicles driven by volunteer firefighters.
authorized emergency vehicles.
hazard vehicles.
volunteer ambulance vehicles.
2. Before crossing any railroad tracks, you must:
make sure there is room for your vehicle on the other side.
look and listen for trains.
wait until the crossing gates are completely up.
All of the above.
3. How far before a turn must you signal?
500 feet
100 feet
50 feet
250 feet
4. Drivers of vehicles that display blue, green or amber lights:
can legally exceed the speed limit.
are free to go the wrong way when responding to an emergency.
must obey all traffic laws.
can legally pass red lights.
5. To drink an alcoholic beverage in a motor vehicle on a public highway, street or road is:
a traffic infraction for a driver, but not for a passenger.
a criminal violation for a driver or passenger.
a misdemeanor for a driver, but not for a passenger.
a traffic infraction for a driver or passenger.
6. This warning sign:
provides advance notice to upcoming speed limit change.
tells drivers that the minimum safe speed is 45 MPH.
shows the current speed limit that all vehicles traveling in the direction of the arrow must not exceed.
indicates the suggested highest safe speed.
7. Which of the following is NOT a guideline for driving at night:
Use high beams when you are within 100 feet of the vehicle ahead.
If you are leaving a brightly lit place, drive slowly until your eyes adjust to the darkness.
Use headlights between the hours of sunset and sunrise.
Don’t look directly at oncoming headlights.
8. What does the pictured signal indicate?
Pedestrians may turn right.
Drivers should walk more and drive less.
A pedestrian may not not begin crossing the street.
A pedestrian may begin crossing the street.
9. Parking is not allowed:
in a crosswalk.
on the road side of a parked vehicle.
in a tunnel.
All of the above.
10. If you are being passed on the right by many vehicles, you should:
move into the right lane and allow other vehicles to pass you on the left.
move into the left lane and allow other vehicles to pass you on the right.
pull over to the right and stop until the road is clear.
increase your speed immediately.
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NY DMV Written Test Facts

Number of questions: 20
Signs questions: 4
Correct answers to pass: 14
Passing score: 70%
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