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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 following another vehicle at night, drivers should use:
high beam headlights.
emergency flashers.
low beam headlights.
parking lights.
2. You are approaching an intersection when the signal turns yellow. You should:
speed up to get through the intersection before the red light comes on.
stop, if you can do so safely. If you cannot stop safely, cautiously cross the intersection.
slow down and proceed with caution through the intersection.
3. One broken line indicates:
You can change lanes, but only when traffic conditions or obstructions in the road make it necessary.
You can pass other vehicles and change lanes, if it is safe.
You cannot pass other vehicles or go across the line.
None of the above.
4. At intersections marked with stop lines, drivers must:
come to a complete stop.
signal other vehicles to stop.
enter the intersection and then stop.
slow down and enter the intersection.
5. Your blind spot is the area of the road:
you see in your rearview mirror.
you cannot see without moving your head.
you see in your side mirror.
directly behind your vehicle.
6. When driving near light rail vehicles, drivers should:
never drive around lowered crossing gates.
always obey signs and traffic signals.
expect trains on any track at any time.
All of the above.
7. If you are pulled over by law enforcement, you should:
get out of your vehicle and walk toward the patrol car.
unbuckle your seat belt and lower your window.
stay in the driver’s seat with both hands clearly in sight on the steering wheel.
turn off your interior light if stopped at night.
8. Drivers should not sound their horn when:
visibility ahead is limited.
they may hit another vehicle.
near blind pedestrians.
9. When driving in bad weather, drivers should:
increase their speed to get to their destination more quickly.
decrease the following distance.
increase the following distance.
None of the above.
10. If you drink alcohol socially, what helps ensure your safety?
Drink coffee before driving.
Stop drinking one hour before driving.
Ride home with a friend who has not been drinking.
Take a cold shower before driving.
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DC DMV Practice Test Facts

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