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Anyone who operates a motor vehicle or motorcycle on public roadways in the District of Columbia is required to have a driver’s license or learner’s permit. To obtain a DC driver license, you must successfully complete a knowledge test, skills road test and vision screening. The written test is based on the information contained in the District of Columbia DMV Driving Manual, and is designed to check your knowledge of rules of the road, traffic laws, road signs, and safe driving practices. The official DC DMV test consists of 25 questions. A passing score consists of at least 20 correct answers (80%).
1. Smoking while driving:
helps increase driver alertness.
is not distracting.
is distracting.
does not affect driving abilities.
2. This white sign means you:
left turn yield on green
must wait for the solid green light before you turn left.
may turn left only on a green arrow.
may turn left on a green light when it is safe to do so.
3. When you pass another vehicle, before you return to the right lane, you must:
look at your interior rear-view mirror.
make sure you can see the front bumper of the vehicle you passed.
All of the above.
4. Service signs are ____ with ____ letters and symbols.
green; white
blue; white
white; green
white; black
5. When driving in rainy weather, you should:
steer off the road.
drive in low gear.
steer and brake smoothly.
6. Your vehicles braking distance will be much longer:
when driving at night.
on interstate highways.
on wet, icy or gravel roads.
All of the above.
7. What is the first thing to do when you make a three-point turn?
Signal with your left turn signal, then check carefully for traffic coming toward you.
Turn left, go across the road so you come to a stop while you face the edge of the road.
Signal with your right turn signal, then pull over to the right and stop.
None of the above.
8. This road sign means:
do not enter
No U-Turn
Do not enter
9. When being passed by another vehicle, drivers should:
maintain a constant speed.
slow down.
slightly increase their speed.
10. This sign means:
divided highway ends sign
The divided highway ends ahead.
Divided highway ahead.
Drivers are coming to a point where another traffic lane joins the one they are on.
Reversible lane ahead.
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DC DMV Permit Practice Test

Number of questions: 25
Correct answers to pass:20
Passing score:80%
Minimum age to apply: 16
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