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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. In heavy rain, tires can begin to ride on the water that is on top of the road pavement. This is called:
2. This sign means:
merging traffic sign
The divided highway on which drivers are traveling ends ahead.
A road crosses the main highway ahead.
Drivers are coming to a point where another traffic lane joins the one they are on.
3. This road sign:
roundabout circle sign
warns drivers that U-turns are not permitted.
provides an advance notice of a roundabout.
warns drivers of a sharp turn left. Drivers should slow their speed and keep to the left.
4. Which of these statements is true about motorcycles:
motorcycles should be followed at a 4 second following distance.
motorcycles are small and can easily be seen by drivers.
motorcycles may not share traffic lanes.
5. When they see this sign, drivers should:
hill sign
yield to trucks coming from the hill on the right.
be ready to shift to lower gear.
be ready to brake sharply and stop.
6. This sign warns drivers of:
narrow bridge sign
a low place in the road.
low clearance.
a narrow bridge ahead.
7. You drive defensively when you:
Keep your eyes moving to look for possible hazards.
Always put one car length between you and the car ahead.
Look only at the car in front of you while driving.
8. Two sets of solid, double, yellow lines that are two or more feet apart:
should be treated as a separate traffic lane.
may be crossed to enter or exit a private driveway.
may not be crossed for any reason.
9. Before a school bus stops to load passengers, the driver will usually flash:
red lights.
red warning lights.
yellow warning lights.
10. Your cell phone rings while you are driving and you do not have a hands-free device. You should:
not answer the call.
check the incoming number before answering the call.
Answer the call if it's an important one.
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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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