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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. From top to bottom, the following is the proper order for traffic lights:
red, green, yellow.
green, yellow, red.
green, red, yellow.
red, yellow, green.
2. If you want to get off of a freeway, but you missed your exit, you should:
flag down a police officer for an escort back to your exit.
pull onto the shoulder and back your car to the exit.
make a U-turn through the median.
go to the next exit, and get off of the freeway there.
3. This road sign means:
bicycle crossing sign
Soft shoulders for motorcycles
Yield right-of-way
Stop only if other cars approaching
Bicycles cross or ride beside traffic
4. In work zones, barriers such as drums, cones and tubes (panels) are used to:
make drivers drive slower and get angry.
primarily inconvenience drivers.
keep traffic out of hazardous work zones.
5. When they see a yellow X signal, drivers should:
lane yellow x
stay in their lane.
turn off the ignition.
prepare to leave the lane safely.
come to a complete stop at the marked stop line.
6. Defensive driving is a driving technique in which you as a driver:
identify dangerous driving situations and take action to avoid an accident.
defend against poor drivers by getting ahead of them in traffic.
defend against accidents by driving your vehicle fast enough to stay ahead of traffic congestion.
defend yourself against accidents by following close to the vehicle ahead.
7. When driving at night, using the parking lights only is unlawful.
8. If you meet a stopped school bus with the lights flashing and the signal arm extended, you should:
proceed at 15 MPH if no children are present.
proceed at normal speed, but watch for children.
9. What does the flashing signal in the picture indicate?
dont walk flashing
Pedestrians should start crossing the street.
Pedestrians should finish crossing the street if started.
Pedestrians should stop walking immediately.
The same thing as a stop sign.
10. This road sign means:
divided highway ahead sign
No Passing Zone
One way
Divided highway ahead
Merging traffic
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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
Number of questions: 25
Correct answers to pass:20
Passing score:80%
Minimum age to apply: 16
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