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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. Never make a U-turn from:
the left part of the lane nearest to the centerline of the roadway.
the lane you’re in.
the right lane.
2. An edge line that angles toward the center of the road indicates that:
there’s a narrow bridge ahead.
the road is narrower ahead.
you must turn right.
3. When you make a left turn from a one-way road into a two-way road, you must:
enter the two-way road to the left of its center line.
make a U-turn into the two-way road.
enter the two-way road to the right of its center line.
4. This yellow sign means:
slippery road sign
there is a sharp curve in the road ahead.
the road ahead has many curves.
the road ahead may be slippery.
5. The maximum speed limit for ideal driving conditions is:
the posted speed.
the speed of other vehicles traveling in your direction.
the speed of oncoming vehicles.
6. A law enforcement officer notices that one of your passengers is not wearing a seat belt and writes a citation. Which of the following is true?
Your passenger will receive a citation, regardless of his or her age.
Both you and your passenger will receive a citation.
You can receive the citation if the passenger is younger than 16.
7. This yellow sign means:
cross road sign
another road crosses yours ahead.
there is a T-intersection ahead.
ambulance zone ahead.
8. Large trucks are most likely to lose speed and cause a hazard:
going up long or steep hills.
going down long gradual hills.
on long, gradual curves.
9. Where must a pedestrian walk when there are no sidewalks?
In the middle of the road, facing oncoming traffic.
On the side of the road, facing the traffic.
On the side of the road, in the same direction of traffic.
10. This white sign means don’t pass:
do not pass
unless it is safe to do so.
other vehicles for any reason.
until after you pass the sign.
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CA DMV Written Test Facts

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