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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. If two vehicles arrive at a four-way stop at the same time:
both vehicles must stop.
the driver on the left must signal the driver on the right to go.
the vehicle on the left must yield to the vehicle on the right.
the vehicle on the right must yield to the vehicle on the left.
2. This road sign means:
no right turn sign
No U-turns
Drivers must turn right
Right turn permitted on red light
No right turn permitted
3. When you see an emergency vehicle with flashing lights, you must:
pull over to the side of the road and stop.
increase your speed to provide a clear path for the emergency vehicle.
slow down until it passes you.
drive with your flashers on.
4. When a stop is required at an intersection with no stop line or crosswalk:
Drivers should stop at the point nearest the intersecting roadway where the driver has a view of approaching traffic on the intersecting roadway before actually entering the roadway.
Drivers are required to slow down to make sure crossing traffic is clear.
Drivers should stop only at a place where the driver can see at least 100 feet on either side.
Drivers are not required to stop.
5. Roads are the most slippery:
the first rain after a dry spell.
for the first 2 hours of a rain storm.
after it has been raining for an hour or more.
6. Drugs may interfere with a person’s ability to drive safely:
unless they are prescribed by a doctor.
even if they are prescribed by a doctor.
only when driving at night.
only when combined with alcohol.
7. If involved in an accident, drivers should:
avoid standing or walking in traffic lanes.
turn off the ignitions of wrecked vehicles.
stop their vehicle at or near the scene.
All of the above.
8. Drivers often fail to see a motorcycle headed toward them. Why?
It is hard to judge how far away a motorcycle is.
It is difficult to judge a motorcycle's speed.
Motorcycles are hard to see.
All of the above.
9. The sign in the picture:
maximum recommended speed sign
Is used to advise motorists of the maximum safe speed for an exit ramp on a highway.
Shows the recommended speed for the exit of an intersection.
indicates the minimum ramp speed at the highway exit point.
is a warning sign.
10. How can you prevent fatigue on a long trip?
Get enough sleep.
Plan to drive long trips with a companion.
Schedule regular stops.
All of the above.
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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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