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2016 Update

California law previously prohibited headset covering, and earplugs in, both ears while driving. An update to this law next year (2016) also prohibits earphones covering, resting on, or inserted in, both ears.

The new Law

A person operating a motor vehicle or bicycle may not wear a headset covering, earplugs in, or earphones covering, resting on, or inserted in, both ears. This prohibition does not apply to any of the following:

  • (a) A person operating authorized emergency vehicles, as defined in Section 165.
  • (b) A person engaged in the operation of either special construction equipment or equipment for use in the maintenance of any highway.
  • (c) A person engaged in the operation of refuse collection equipment who is wearing a safety headset or safety earplugs.
  • (d) A person wearing personal hearing protectors in the form of earplugs or molds that are specifically designed to attenuate injurious noise levels. The plugs or molds shall be designed in a manner so as to not inhibit the wearer’s ability to hear a siren or horn from an emergency vehicle or a horn from another motor vehicle.
  • (e) A person using a prosthetic device that aids the hard of hearing.

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What is Legal and What isn’t?

Oklahoma has done what Texas couldn’t.

On November 1, 2015, Oklahoma became the 46th state to ban the practice of texting while driving. The new law makes it illegal to “operate a motor vehicle on any street or highway within this state while using a hand-held electronic communication device to manually compose, send or read an electronic text message while the vehicle is in motion.”

Definitions

Electronic messages include text messages, images, and emails. A hand-held electronic communication device includes cell phones and smartphones, but does not include hands-free devices which allow a user to compose messages by voice activation.

Exceptions for Emergency Messages

The new law makes exceptions for emergency communications. It is legal to use your phone for the sole purpose of communicating with any of the following regarding an imminent emergency situation:

  • An emergency response operator.
  • A hospital, physician’s office or health clinic.
  • A law enforcement agency.
  • A provider of firefighting services.
  • A provider of ambulance services.

Primary Offense

Texting is a primary offense. A law enforcement officer may stop you and issue a citation, without observing any other offense. A violation carries a fine up to $100. The violation, however, will not count toward revocation of your license.


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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 http://dmv.ca.gov. 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 are 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.

Summary

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 questions (of which 10 are road sign questions).