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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. Yellow traffic signs:
guide drivers.
when combined with an octagonal shape, tell drivers they must come to a complete stop at the marked stop line.
give directional information.
warn drivers.
2. What should you do if your headlights suddenly go out?
Ease your foot off the gas pedal and brake gently.
Use your emergency lights, parking lights or directional signals.
None of the other answers are correct.
Brake immediately and activate your emergency lights.
3. What does it mean if an oncoming driver flashes headlights at you during a period of low visibility?
Your vehicle was difficult to see. You should turn on your headlights.
You are driving in the wrong direction. Make a U-turn as soon as possible.
Your headlights are too bright. You should turn them off.
Your headlights are too bright. You should use parking lights instead.
4. A traffic sign with a red circle around and a slash over a symbol means:
the maneuver shown by the symbol is not allowed.
the maneuver shown on the sign should be executed with extreme caution.
Do not drive faster than the posted speed limit.
the maneuver shown on the sign can be executed only after coming to a complete stop.
5. When you are involved in an accident and your vehicle is blocking traffic, you should:
not move your vehicle under any circumstances.
wait for the police to arrive before moving your vehicle.
move your vehicle off of the traveled portion of the roadway, if possible.
None of the above.
6. This road sign means:
bicycle crossing sign
This lane is reserved for bicyclists
Bicycles have the right-of-way
Motorciclists ahead
Bicycle crossing
7. When you are in a line of traffic that is crossing a railroad track that has no signals or gates:
you may pass slower drivers crossing the track.
before you start to cross, you need to make sure there is space to get all the way across the tracks without stopping.
you have the right of way and do not need to check for trains.
All of the above.
8. How many drinks of alcohol does the human body generally get rid of each hour?
2 drinks.
1 drink.
4 drinks.
3 drinks.
9. Does a vehicle prepared to enter a traffic circle or rotary have the right-of-way over the vehicles in the circle?
Only if the light is green.
Yes, but only if they are entering the rotary from the right lane.
No. Vehicles already in the circle have the right-of-way.
10. This road sign means:
reduction of lanes sign
Stop sign ahead
Merge right
Curve ahead
Reduction in lanes
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DC DMV Knowledge Test

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