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. This sign means:
Divided highway ends.
Divided highway ahead.
Drivers will soon be on a roadway with two-way traffic.
Keep to the left.
2. You go with a group of friends to a social event, and you plan to have a few drinks. You should:
avoid alternating between drinks with alcohol and drinks without any alcohol.
stop drinking several minutes before you intend to leave.
arrange to ride home with a friend who does not drink.
make alcohol the focus of the event.
3. HOV lanes:
are reserved for law enforcement vehicles.
assure the most important people get to their destination faster.
promote the most efficient use of limited street and highway capacity.
will soon be replaced by VIP lanes.
4. Which of the following contains enough alcohol to increase BAC by about .02 percent?
20 oz. can of beer (5% alcohol)
5 oz. glass of wine (12% alcohol)
3 oz. liquor (80 proof)
All of the above.
5. If you are involved in a crash and must move an injured person, you should:
pull the victim feet first away from the danger.
if there are wires down, go near them.
keep the back and neck as straight as possible.
None of the above.
6. May three motorcyclists ride side-by-side in a single lane?
Yes, but they must have at least 3 years experience driving motorcycles.
Yes, up to three motorcyclists are allowed to ride side-by-side in a single lane.
No, motorcyclists are never allowed to ride side-by-side in a single lane.
No. Two motorcyclists are allowed to ride side-by-side in a single lane, but not three.
7. If you remain in the back blind spot of a large vehicle:
you increase the chance of a crash.
you can reduce fuel consumption.
the large vehicle will take much longer to stop.
All of the above.
8. You face a green light, but traffic on the other side of the intersection does not allow you to travel all the way through the intersection. What must you do?
Wait until traffic ahead clears, so you do not block the intersection.
Enter the intersection with caution.
Enter the intersection and wait until traffic ahead clears.
Wait for the next green light.
9. Left turns on a red light are allowed:
in school zones.
from a one-way street into a one-way street.
at intersections, after stopping, if the way is clear.
10. In heavy rain, tires can begin to ride on the water that is on top of the road pavement. This is called:
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NY DMV Driving Test Facts

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