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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. A vehicle suddenly cuts in front of you creating a hazard. Which of these actions should you take first?
Swerve into the lane next to you.
Honk and step on the brake firmly.
Take your foot off the gas.
2. When you make a left turn from a one-way road into a two-way road, you must:
make a U-turn into the two-way road.
turn left into the one-way road.
enter the two-way road to the right of its center line.
enter the two-way road to the left of its center line.
3. A red arrow on a traffic light means that:
you must proceed slowly through the intersection.
you must stop and then proceed when the way is clear.
you may turn in the direction the red arrow is pointing.
you must stop, and wait until a green light or arrow is displayed.
4. You may legally block an intersection:
under no circumstances.
when you entered the intersection on the green light.
during rush hour traffic.
5. Which of the following is not safe when passing?
Leaving less than 4 feet of space between your vehicle and any vehicle you are passing.
Looking in your rearview mirrors and over your left shoulder before pulling out to pass.
Going far enough past a bicycle you are passing so that you are able to see the bicyclist in your inside rearview mirror.
Signaling left to let other drivers know that you will be pulling out.
6. Night driving can be more difficult because:
you are more likely to encounter a motorcycle.
cars overheat more at night.
it is more likely to be raining.
your vision is reduced.
7. This sign means:
divided highway ahead sign
Roundabout ahead. Slow down.
Intersection ahead.
The highway ahead is divided into two one-way roadways.
The divided highway on which drivers are traveling ends ahead.
8. It is legal to make a left turn at a red traffic light after stopping if:
you yield to all other traffic at the intersection.
you are traveling on a one-way street and turning onto another one-way street.
you are traveling on a two-way street and turning onto a two-way street.
9. This sign indicates that:
hill sign
there is a steep hill ahead.
a logging road is ahead.
no trucks are allowed on the hill.
there are trucks on the hill.
10. This road sign means:
road construction
The road ahead is closed to traffic
Detour ahead
Road construction 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
Number of questions: 25
Correct answers to pass:20
Passing score:80%
Minimum age to apply: 16
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