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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. Which of these vehicles must stop before crossing railroad tracks?
Tank trucks marked with hazardous materials placards.
Motorhomes or pickup trucks towing a trailer.
Sport utility vehicles carrying four or more persons.
2. When driving in the far right lane of a freeway, you:
must give the right-of-way to merging traffic.
should expect merging vehicles at on-ramps.
must be driving slower than other traffic.
3. This sign indicates the _______________ vehicles can safely travel in this area.
speed limit sign
suggested speed
maximum speed
minimum speed
4. A school bus with flashing red lights is on the other side of a divided highway. You:
must slow down and prepare to stop.
do not need to stop.
must stop and remain stopped until the lights stop flashing.
5. You are going to make a left turn from a dedicated left-turn lane when a yellow arrow appears for your lane. You should:
be prepared to obey the next signal that appears.
stop and not turn under any circumstances.
speed up to get through the intersection.
6. Two drivers reach an uncontrolled intersection at the same time. Who has the right of way?
The driver on the right.
The driver on the left.
No one.
7. Before crossing any railroad tracks, you must:
make sure there is room for your vehicle on the other side.
look and listen for trains.
All of the above.
8. This sign indicates:
phone service
Phone service ahead
Emergency line available
Cell phone shop ahead
9. Drivers are required to obey instructions from:
Other drivers whose vehicles are broken down on the roadway.
Security guards patrolling parking lots.
Flaggers (signal persons) at construction sites.
10. For which of the following traffic lights must you always stop your vehicle?
Solid red lights, flashing red lights, and yellow lights.
Solid red lights, flashing red lights, and blacked-out traffic signals.
Solid red lights, red arrows, and flashing yellow lights.
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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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