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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. Lanes of traffic moving in the same direction are divided by ____ lines.
2. What should drivers do when they see this road sign?
advance warning sign
look for a human flagger.
increase their speed to cross the intersection before a train arrives.
come to a complete stop and wait for a train to cross.
slow down, look for a train, and be prepared to stop.
3. To know where traffic is behind you:
frequently check your rearview mirror.
keep other vehicles out of your blind spots.
look out the back window.
4. To drive defensively, you must:
assume that a driver who approaches a STOP sign on a side road is actually going to stop.
not check behind you through your mirrors.
anticipate errors by other drivers.
use only one hand on the wheel.
5. When a hazard is seen ahead, reaction distance:
equals total stopping distance minus perception distance.
is the sum of perception distance and braking distance.
is how far a vehicle will continue to travel, in ideal conditions, before the driver hits the brakes.
None of the above.
6. Because driving involves some risk, it is wise to continually improve your driving and observation skills.
7. Traffic signs and pavement markings must be:
followed only when a police officer is present.
followed only when there is other traffic.
used as a guide only.
always obeyed.
8. If the entrance lane is too short to allow acceleration to expressway speed, the safest method to enter is:
Go to the next entrance ramp.
Stop and wait for a large space in traffic, then enter the expressway and accelerate quickly.
Reduce your speed to 20 MPH or less and blend with traffic.
None of the above.
9. If an approaching driver does not dim the headlights, you should:
move your eyes to the left to help avoid the glare of approaching high beams.
flash your headlights to low beam for a second, then return to high beam.
flash your headlights to high beam for a second, then return to low beam.
switch to daytime lights.
10. Alcohol:
reduces reaction time.
makes drivers more prone to take chances.
makes it difficult for drivers to judge their condition.
All of the above.
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DC DMV Permit Test Facts

Number of questions: 25
Correct answers to pass: 20
Passing score: 80%
Number of questions: 25
Correct answers to pass: 20
Passing score: 80%
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