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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. Near streetcars, trolleys, or buses, the passing speed limit, when safe to pass, is:
10 MPH
20 MPH
15 MPH
2. Collisions tend to happen when:
one lane of traffic is traveling much slower than the others.
all vehicles are traveling near or at the same speed.
one vehicle is traveling faster or slower than the flow of traffic.
3. What is the best advice for driving when heavy fog or dust occurs?
Consider postponing your trip until the conditions improve.
Slow down and come to a complete stop.
Do not drive too slowly, because other drivers may hit you.
4. You are driving on a city street and see an emergency vehicle with flashing lights behind you. What should you do?
Drive to the edge of the road and slow down.
Driver to the right edge of the road and stop.
Stay in your lane, slow down, and let it pass.
5. If you cannot stop safely at a yellow traffic light, you should:
stop your vehicle in the intersection, then back up carefully.
stop your vehicle before entering the intersection.
enter the intersection with caution and continue across.
6. You may drive off of the paved roadway to pass another vehicle:
Under no circumstances
If the vehicle ahead of you is turning left.
If the shoulder is wide enough to accommodate your vehicle
7. If another driver does not dim his or her lights, you should:
look directly into the oncoming headlights.
watch the oncoming vehicle out of the corner of your eye.
look toward the left edge of your lane.
8. This sign means:
pedestrian crossing
Pedestrian sidewalk ahead.
Pedestrian crossing ahead.
Pedestrians must yield the right-of-way ahead.
9. A pedestrian in the crosswalk when the 'DON’T WALK' signal begins flashing must:
dont walk flashing
go back and wait the “WALK” light
finish crossing the street.
stop immediately.
10. When you see this sign you:
advance warning sign
always stop at the upcoming railroad crossing.
are approaching a railroad crossing: prepare to stop.
stop and wait for a signal before crossing the railroad tracks.
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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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