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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 Driver Handbook, including road rules, safe driving practices, and signs questions. The DMV knowledge test consists of 36 questions and you'll need 30 correct answers to pass (83%). Practice with this sample test to get ready for the official CA DMV practice permit test.
1. When a traffic signal isn’t working at an intersection, drivers should:
stop before entering the intersection and let all other traffic go first.
come to a complete stop, then proceed when it is safe to do so.
slow down or stop, if necessary.
2. You should not start across an intersection if you know you will block the intersection when the lights turn red:
unless you entered the intersection on a green light.
under any circumstance.
unless you entered the intersection on a yellow light.
3. What do flashing red lights on a school bus indicate?
The bus is about to stop.
The bus is stopped to load or discharge passengers.
Traffic that approaches from either direction may proceed.
4. What is the first thing you should do if your wheels move off the pavement?
Pull the steering wheel back.
Pull over to the right and sound your horn to warn the other drivers.
Ease your foot off the gas pedal and brake gently.
5. Blocking an intersection during rush hour traffic is not permitted:
under any circumstances, even if your light is green.
unless you entered the intersection on a green light.
unless you have the right-of-way or a green light.
6. A flashing yellow light means:
The light will soon change from green to red.
Yield the right-of-way to other traffic at the intersection.
Drive with caution.
7. All children under age eight riding in your vehicle must use a child passenger restraint system unless:
a child passenger restraint system is not available.
they are 4 feet and 9 inches tall or taller and wear a safety belt.
they refuse to use the child passenger restraint system.
8. An emergency vehicle that uses lights and a siren can be unpredictable. Why?
Emergency vehicle drivers are not required to be careful.
The driver can legally pass red lights.
Emergency vehicles must go faster than the posted speed limit when it is safe to do so.
9. A red-painted curb means:
No stopping, standing, or parking.
Stop no longer than the time posted to load or unload passengers or freight.
Stop only long enough to pick up or drop off passengers.
10. _________________ if your vehicle is equipped with air bags.
Always use your seat belts even
The use of seat belts is optional
Never use your seat belts
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CA DMV Permit Test Facts

Number of questions: 36
Correct answers to pass:30
Passing score:83%
Minimum age to apply: 15 ½
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