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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. In the following situations, drivers should increase their following interval:
When following vehicles that are required to come to a stop at railroad crossings.
On slippery roads.
When it is hard to see ahead because of bad weather.
All of the above.
2. When approaching someone using a white cane or guide dog, drivers should:
slow down and be prepared to stop.
yield the right-of-way only if the blind person is on the right.
proceed normally.
come to a complete stop and invite them to take the right-of-way.
3. A flashing red light:
flashing red light
means the same thing as a stop sign.
is used at dangerous intersections.
means that you must bring your vehicle to a complete halt.
All of the above.
4. This road sign means:
cross road sign
Railroad crossing ahead.
Side road ahead.
Crossroad ahead.
No Passing Zone ahead.
5. Drivers cannot pass a vehicle on the left if:
they cannot safely return to the right lane before any oncoming vehicle comes within 200 feet of them.
their lane has a solid yellow center line.
they approach a curve on a two-way road and cannot see around it.
All of the above.
6. Give the right-of-way to any pedestrian:
on the opposite side of the street.
in a marked crosswalk.
if you have the green light.
7. A driver distraction is anything that:
causes aggressive behavior while driving.
takes the attention away from driving.
causes excessive concentration while driving.
8. The driver of an emergency vehicle that uses lights and a siren can legally:
exceed the speed limit.
go the wrong way.
pass red lights.
All of the above.
9. This sign means:
no parking
Parking is not allowed.
No parking on pavement.
U-turns are not allowed.
None of the above.
10. It is illegal to drive below the speed limit:
only in rural areas.
when driving slowly disrupts the normal flow of traffic.
only in residential areas.
when the pavement is wet.
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Number of questions: 25
Correct answers to pass:20
Passing score:80%
Minimum age to apply: 16
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