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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. This sign means:
right curve sign
Left turns are not allowed at the intersection.
Winding road ahead.
Do not turn right.
The road will curve to the right.
2. The effect that alcohol has on your judgment:
is greater if you were drinking hard liquor.
is less if you were only drinking wine.
is less if you were only drinking beer.
depends on the amount of alcohol in your blood.
3. What does this sign indicate?
divided highway ends sign
The highway ahead is divided into two one-way roadways.
Drivers will soon be on a roadway with two-way traffic.
Winding road ahead. Drive with caution.
Roundabout ahead.
4. You are driving on a four-lane divided highway, two vehicles are driving side by side ahead of you, and you are in a hurry. You should:
drive in either lane with at least a two-second time interval behind the vehicle ahead.
drive closely behind the vehicle in the left lane and flash your headlights.
drive closely behind the vehicle in the right lane.
drive closely behind the vehicles ahead changing lanes frequently.
5. Following another vehicle too closely is known as:
aggressive driving.
6. BAC is expressed in:
percentage of blood to alcohol.
percentage of alcohol to blood.
AAI (Acute Alcohol Intoxication) level.
ounces of alcohol in your blood.
7. Which signs have black letters on a white background?
Guide signs (horizontal rectangle)
None of the other answers are correct.
Warning signs (diamond)
Regulatory signs (vertical rectangle)
8. When following a motorcycle, drivers do not need to allow as much distance as when following a car.
9. This sign warns that:
reduction of lanes sign
the pavement ends.
traffic must merge left.
the bridge ahead is wide enough for only one vehicle at a time.
traffic must merge right.
10. What is the first thing you should do if your wheels move off the pavement?
Ease your foot off the gas pedal and brake gently.
Try pumping the gas pedal to increase pressure.
Pull over to the right and sound your horn to warn the other drivers.
Pull the steering wheel back.
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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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