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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 parking downhill:
turn your wheels towards the side of the road.
keep your wheels straight.
turn your wheels away from the side of the road.
2. What is a likely effect when you take another drug while you drink alcohol?
If the drug is over-the-counter, there are no effects.
The effects of alcohol are reduced by the drug.
There are no effects, unless the drug is prescription only.
The effects of the alcohol and the drug are enhanced.
3. This road sign warns drivers that:
pavement ends sign
the road surface ahead changes to a low-type surface or earth road.
vehicles must leave the pavement immediately.
the dirt on the side of the road is soft.
None of the above.
4. Doing all you can to prevent crashes is called:
Anti-Collision Driving
Crash-Prevention Driving
Defensive Driving
ABS Driving
5. What should you do if one of your tires blows out?
Hold the steering wheel tight and slowly take your foot off the gas pedal.
Leave the road immediately.
Decrease speed, pull over to the right and sound your horn to warn the other vehicles.
Hold the steering wheel tight and brake immediately to avoid the risk of skidding.
6. When a school bus is picking up or dropping off children, you must:
slow down and pass the bus with caution.
stop regardless of your direction of travel.
stop if you are driving in the same direction.
7. Drinking alcohol and then driving is dangerous because it affects your:
All the other answers are correct.
8. Arrows on the roadway:
show which lanes you must use.
indicate reserved lanes.
indicate HOV lanes.
indicate that you cannot pass or change lanes.
9. Green and white signs:
give information about directions and distances.
direct drivers to services.
are mainly used at intersections and driveways.
warn drivers of unexpected road conditions.
10. When driving in icy or snowy conditions, to avoid crashes drivers should:
get off the highway as quickly as possible.
engage 4 wheel drive on the vehicle.
add extra weight to the vehicle to improve traction.
reduce speed and increase following distance.
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DC DMV Permit Test

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