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DMV Practice Test

The 2016 update to our DMV practice test is now launched. While some old questions have been removed from the test, several new questions have been added. As always, this is the most reliable and up-to-date license and driving permit practice test you can find online. And it is free.

Studies show that reliability improve with larger numbers of questions the practice tests. No other site has as many questions as Driver’s Prep. This will help you prepare with much less effort and ace the real test.

What You Need to Know

Remember, the California knowledge test is based on information contained in the California Driver Handbook. If you don’t have a printed copy of this booklet, download the pdf-version from It is a must-have!

To pass the knowledge test, you must demonstrate a good understanding of California traffic laws and safe driving techniques. You must also be able to read and understand highway signs regulating, warning and directing traffic, even if California DMV doesn’t put as much focus on this as other states.

Most questions on the California DMV test deal with driving situations and safe traffic maneuvers.

How to Use the DMV Practice Test

The DMV practice tests at Driver’s Prep contains sample questions from real DMV tests. Tests are the Multiple Choice type. Meaning, you are asked to select the best possible answer out of three choices. By using the DMV practice test you will get a good understanding of what the questions will look like and how they are worded.

Remember to read everything carefully. This is probably the single most important thing you can do to master both the practice test and the real knowledge test.

Take several practice tests. Make a note of the questions you miss. Go back to the handbook and study those chapters again. Then, take some new practice tests. Don’t guess on the practice test! The test is good drivers education and your way of making sure that you will pass the real thing. If you don’t know or understand an answer, you need to study the handbook again.

When you reach a passing score of more than 90% without any problems, you are probably ready for the real test.

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Fresh Update to Maine BMV Test Questions

We have updated our database with new BMV test question for the State of Maine. The database now consist of more than 1,000 question, all based on the latest version of the Motorist Handbook and Study Guide released by the Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV).

We have put more focus on questions about Maine’s drinking and driving laws, just like the real Maine BMV knowledge test.

All BMV Test Questions You Need

Unlike many other websites, our questions are directly taken from the Study Guide. This will ensure that you study the right thing and can compare facts with the handbook. We put emphasis on helping you learn and understand the complete content of the handbook. You will need this to become a safe driver.

Read the Study Guide and Handbook

Remember that all real BMV test questions will be drawn from the Motorist Handbook and Study Guide. You can expect questions about any subject in this booklet. This is why you should start by reading the handbook and keep it by your side when you take a practice test. Refer to it any time you feel uncertain about an answer. It will help you learn facts quicker.

Common Mistakes When Studying

Some users think that just memorizing answer from these practice test will help them pass the real BMV knowledge test. It is not that easy. In fact, it could have the opposite effect. Without real knowledge, you could be tricked by the wording of questions and jump to wrong conclusions.

You should take a systematic approach to your studies and start well ahead of your planned exam. Keep a consistent study schedule and take many practice tests. The more time you use, the more you will learn.

Putting off studying until the last minute usually means failure. And remember, most people fail their knowledge test the first time.

Common Mistakes When Taking the Test

Read the BMV test questions carefully and don’t add any of your own information to questions or choices. Then, think. Test questions are usually quite simple as long as you give them a minute or two.

Pay attention to words like always, never, usually, must and should. The word must, as an example, means that there is a law requirement. The word should means that it is best practice, but not necessary required by law. The simple words are sometimes the most important.

Maine BMV Permit Test and Driver’s License Test 2016

Our practice tests will help you when taking either your first BMV permit test or a re-exam because your Maine driver’s license has been suspended or expired. A re-exam will not contain questions about permit restrictions or other permit rules, so just ignore those if you are forced to a re-exam.

Your knowledge exam will contain 25 BMV test questions and you can only miss four (a passing score of 84 percent).

Start NOW for your 2016 permit or license!

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Total Passing Scores in all States

The following is a list of the total passing score in different states. Where the knowledge test consist of two parts with a separate road sign test, the average passing scores from both parts is used. (Road signs tests usually have a higher passing scores, like Virginia where you must correctly answer all 10 road sign questions.)

California has three different test, depending on your age and if you are a first-time applicant or not. The passing scores vary slightly depending on test.

Higher passing scores does not necessarily mean that the DMV test is more difficult.

  • DPS Alabama official knowledge test: 80 percent.
  • DMV Alaska official knowledge test: 80 percent.
  • MVD Arizona official knowledge test: 80 percent.
  • DMV Arkansas official knowledge test: 80 percent.
  • DMV California official knowledge test: 83 percent.
  • DMV Colorado official knowledge test: 80 percent.
  • DMV Connecticut official knowledge test: 80 percent.
  • DMV Delaware official knowledge test: 76 percent.
  • DMV District of Columbia official knowledge test: 75 percent.
  • FLHSMV Florida official knowledge test: 80 percent.
  • DDS Georgia official knowledge test: 75 percent.
  • DMV Hawaii official knowledge test: 80 percent.
  • DMV Idaho official knowledge test: 85 percent.
  • DMV Illinois official knowledge test: 80 percent.
  • BMV Indiana official knowledge test: 84 percent.
  • DMV Iowa official knowledge test: 80 percent.
  • DMV Kansas official knowledge test: 80 percent.
  • DMV Kentucky official knowledge test: 80 percent.
  • DMV Louisiana official knowledge test: 80 percent.
  • BMV Maine official knowledge test: 84 percent.
  • MVA Maryland official knowledge test: 85 percent.
  • RMV Massachusetts official knowledge test: 70 percent.
  • DMV Michigan official knowledge test: 80 percent.
  • DMV Minnesota official knowledge test: 80 percent.
  • DMV Mississippi official knowledge test: 80 percent.
  • DMV Missouri official knowledge test: 80 percent.
  • DMV Montana official knowledge test: 82 percent.
  • DMV Nebraska official knowledge test: 80 percent.
  • DMV Nevada official knowledge test: 80 percent.
  • DMV New Hampshire official knowledge test: 84 percent.
  • MVC New Jersey official knowledge test: 80 percent.
  • MVD New Mexico official knowledge test: 70 percent.
  • DMV New York official knowledge test: 70 percent.
  • DMV North Carolina official knowledge test: 80 percent.
  • DMV North Dakota official knowledge test: 80 percent.
  • BMV Ohio official knowledge test: 75 percent.
  • DMV Oklahoma official knowledge test: 80 percent.
  • DMV Oregon official knowledge test: 80 percent.
  • PennDot Pennsylvania official knowledge test: 84 percent.
  • DMV Rhode Island official knowledge test: 80 percent.
  • DMV South Carolina official knowledge test: 80 percent.
  • DMV South Dakota official knowledge test: 80 percent.
  • DMV Tennessee official knowledge test: 80 percent.
  • DPS Texas official knowledge test: 70 percent.
  • DMV Utah official knowledge test: 80 percent.
  • DMV Vermont official knowledge test: 80 percent.
  • DOL Virginia official knowledge test: 86 percent.
  • DMV Washington official knowledge test: 80 percent.
  • DMV West Virginia official knowledge test: 76 percent.
  • DMV Wisconsin official knowledge test: 80 percent.
  • DMV Wyoming official knowledge test: 76 percent.


Four states (Massachusetts, New Mexico, New York and Texas) have the lowest passing score, 70 percent. Massachusetts and New York have only 20 questions on their written knowledge test. Texas has 30 questions.

32 states have a passing score of 80 percent. Most of these states have 25 questions, which means you must correctly answer 20 questions to pass the exam.

Three states (Idaho, Maryland, and Virginia) have a passing score of 85 percent or more. Idaho has 40 questions on their test, Maryland has only 20 questions, and Virginia has 35 question (of which 10 are road sign questions).

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Car Rentals with No Surprises

While renting a car often is a smooth process with no surprises, it seems that more and more consumers are getting dinged by car renter’s damage or fuel schemes. Since this recently happened to our group when renting a car from Budget Rent a Car in Miami, we have learned this the hard way.

It is, of course, only fair to acknowledge the car rental company’s side of this. When a car is not returned with a full tank, the company has every right to charge you with a fee (which is usually $9.99 per gallon). If the car is returned with damages, you or your insurance company need to pay for repairs.

The Car Rental Company is NOT on Your Side

Will a Car Rental company like Budget Rent a Car try to take advantage of any of these situations? Well, it sure seems so. At least independent renters connected to Avis/Budget may.

The horrific side of this is that you will have very little luck with customer service if you dispute their claim. They will give a standard answer where your dispute is denied and the claim uphold. Then you will hear no more from them, no matter how much you try to convince them that you are right.

Scratches and Damages on Your Rental Car

Most of the time a rented car has a few scratches, this is normal wear and tear. They should, however, be documented when you rent the car. Make sure they are!

Walk around the car before you drive off and return to the counter even when there are small and undocumented damages or if the tank is not full. Make sure your paperwork shows correct mileage, gas, and condition.

Use your cell phone to take a video or snapshots from all sides of the car. It might sound like overkill, but trust me, when you get an unjustified claim, you wish you had. You should also take a snapshot of the odometer and gas reading. Just in case.

Then, do the same thing when the car is returned. Get a snapshot of how many mils you have driven and that the tank is full. Walk around the car again to document that there are no new scratches or damages.

Remember, even tiny chips, dents or scratches may result in a hefty bill from car rental companies like Budget.

Fill up the Tank!

When you fill up the tank, save your receipt. For some strange reason Budget Rent a Car will not accept a credit card statement that show your gas purchase, only the receipt from the gas station. If you don’t get one from the pump, walk inside.

You should also fill up the tank at a gas station that is within five miles from the drop-off location.

At Budget Rent a Car, the notes by the representative at the independent drop-off location carries more weight than any credit card statement showing a gas purchase. Human errors is something unheard of within Budget Rent a Car. They simply do not make mistakes.

If you have no luck with Budget and are sure your tank was full and you paid with a credit card, let your credit card company take the fight. For some reason they are usually more successful in presenting the facts.

Other Consumers Experiences with Budget Car Rental

Comments by other drivers who have had bad luck with Budget Rent a Car (from

Delaine of Burlington, NJ: This company sneaks in fees where they can and takes advantage of customers by using fine print and disclaimers instead of honestly advertising their prices.

Tama of North Las Vegas, NV: I brought an economy sized car back with half a tank of gas.. The most to have it full would have been 15 maybe. Maybe 20. They charged me 9 per gallon for 90 dollars. That’s very unfair!

Brandi of Dallas, TX: A week later I get a charge of a total $114 on my card. I called to find out where the extra charge a week later came from and they claim it didn’t have gas in it. I filled the car up at the gas station by the location before I took it back which was only $15. They claim since I no longer had the original receipt it stands as it is.

Damaris of Middletown, NY: …When I called about it the first person I spoke with said “fax us proof that you put gas in the car and we will reimburse your money back.” I sent them my bank statement showing the two times I purchased gas for the car the day before I took it back. The second person I spoke with said the bank statement was not accepted for proof of purchase, I needed the receipts from the gas station.

Candi of Chino Hills, CA: …When I returned the car, the employee handling returns tried to say I damaged a tire because there was a weakness in the sidewall.

Brian of Eagle Mountain, UT: …They are incredibly unprofessional and a TOTAL rip off!!

Go with a Company with Better Reputation

Should you pay more and go with a Car Rental with better reputation? Yes. But, whatever you choose to do, make sure that you cover your bases. Budget Car Rental is NOT on your side. They will try to squeeze out some extra dollars from you, if the can.

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Idaho DMV Test Now Updated

A review and update of our Idaho DMV tests is completed. More than hundred new questions have been to our practice tests for Idaho learner’s permit and driver’s license. All questions are based on the Idaho Driver’s Manual, released by The Idaho Transportation Department, Division of Motor Vehicles.

Idaho Knowledge Examination

In Idaho, you must be 15 years old or older to take the written knowledge and skills tests. The written knowledge test will include questions about Idaho traffic laws, shape and meaning of highway signs, traffic signals, pavement markings, and equipment required on motor vehicles.

The Idaho DMV test has 40 questions and you must correctly answer 34 questions to pass, which means a passing score of 85%. This more than other States, so make sure you study the driver’s manual and take as many practice tests as you can.

The Best Study Guide for the Idaho DMV Test

When you use our DMV practice tests as a study guide, it is actually easy to pass the Idaho DMV test the first time. Every question and answer is followed by a comment that emphasize important key points from the Idaho Driver’s Manual. When you miss a question, make sure you read everything carefully. Then go back and study that part in the manual.

You can take an unlimited number of our DMV sample tests. They are randomly picked from a large pool of nearly 1,000 DMV practice test questions. You will not find this large number of questions anywhere else. It also means that no two tests will be the same!

Online DMV Practice Tests Work

Surveys show that applicants who take our online DMV practice tests to prepare for the real written knowledge test scored higher than those who didn’t. If you are a first-time permit applicant you will perform even better if you practice with friends or parents. Almost half of our users under 18 studied together with someone else.

You are also better off when you spread your studies over time. Cramming or just trying memorize answers in a short period of time will not help you pass the DMV written knowledge exam. You need real knowledge and real understanding.

Why Wait? You Got Nothing to Lose!

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