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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. What does the pictured signal indicate?
Pedestrians may begin crossing the street.
Pedestrians may turn right.
Pedestrians may not begin crossing the street.
Drivers should walk more and drive less.
2. Are drivers allowed to exceed the speed limit to pass other vehicles?
Yes, but only by 10 MPH or less.
Yes, except for school zones.
Yes, but only if they drive with caution.
3. This sign warns drivers of:
narrow bridge sign
low clearance.
a narrow bridge ahead.
a winding road.
a low place in the road.
4. If you've had a few beers, the effects of alcohol will be reduced only by:
getting a cup of coffee.
waiting several hours.
taking a cold shower.
5. During an emergency stop, always park on the left side of roadway, unless it is a one-way street.
6. Driving at night is more dangerous because:
the road is more slippery.
you cannot see as far ahead.
your reaction time is slower.
7. Because many crashes happen when a vehicle is turning left, drivers planning to make a left turn should:
slow down gradually while checking the rear view mirror.
move into the left lane of a multilane road.
yield to oncoming vehicles, bicyclists and pedestrians.
All of the above.
8. If you hear a thumping sound while driving, you should:
pull the steering wheel back.
hook your shoe under the gas pedal and see if you can free it.
try your emergency lights.
get off the road and check your tires.
9. Which signs have black letters on a yellow or orange background?
Railroad advance warning signs (round)
Regulatory signs (vertical rectangle)
Warning signs (diamond)
None of the above.
10. You hear a siren close by but cannot see where the emergency vehicle is. What do you do?
Keep driving until you are sure the emergency vehicle is headed toward you.
Pull over to the right side of the road and stop until you are sure the emergency vehicle is not headed toward you.
Stop only if you are sure that the vehicle is headed toward you in the opposite lane.
Stop immediately and activate your emergency flashers.
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DC DMV Permit Test Facts

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