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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. When approaching a railroad crossing that has no warning signals (such as electric flashing lights or gates), drivers must look in both directions, listen and slow down.
2. Bicyclists must:
remain to the right when they prepare for a left turn.
ride in a bicycle lane, if available.
travel with more than two side-by-side in a single lane, if possible.
remain near the left edge of the road.
3. This road sign means:
curve speed reduction
Merge, then slow down to the indicated safe speed
The road ahead curves right; slow down to the indicated speed
Winding road ahead; slow down to the indicated speed
Divided highway begins. Slow down to the indicated safe speed
4. Large trucks:
have large blind spots.
can stop quicker than passenger vehicles.
do not need more room to maneuver.
All of the above.
5. When approaching a curve, remember to:
drive at the posted speed limit throughout the curve.
drive at the posted speed limit as you enter the curve, then slow down gradually.
accelerate slightly before entering the curve.
slow down before entering the curve.
6. Regulatory signs are:
7. A driver who's being passed on the right and the left by many vehicles while driving in the center lane of an highway should:
take the next exit.
move to the lane on their left.
move to the lane on their right.
8. When a driver has their left arm and hand extended upward, the driver plans to:
go straight ahead.
come to a stop.
turn left.
turn right.
9. This road sign means:
no u turn sign
No Turning
No right turn
No U-Turn
Side road
10. This road sign means:
right curve sign
Wrong Way
Curve ahead
Merging Traffic
Road work ahead
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DC DMV Written Test Facts

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