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Alabama Permit Practice Test
  Questions per test: 30
  Question pool: 500+
  Type of test: Random multiple-choice



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#1. What does this sign mean?

A yield sign is a downward pointing triangle. It is red and white with red letters. Slow down so you can yield the right of way to pedestrians crossing the roadway and to vehicles on the intersecting street or highway.


#2. What should you do during a law enforcement stop?

When you see emergency lights behind you:

  • Stay calm, activate your turn signal and pull off to the side of the roadway as soon and as safely as possible.
  • Turn off the ignition and radio.
  • Stay inside your vehicle unless the officer instructs you to exit.
  • Keep both hands on the steering wheel to ensure they are easily seen.
  • Ask your passengers to remain calm and to stay inside the vehicle while keeping their hands in plain view.
  • Put down your cell phone and other devices.
  • Give the officer your full attention.
  • If there are weapons in the vehicle, inform the officer upon first contact.
  • Do not make sudden moves or search for your driver license or other documents until instructed to do so.
  • If a stop occurs at night, turn on your vehicle’s interior lights to assist the officer.

#3. When following a large vehicle at night, you should always:

When following a large vehicle at night, always dim your headlights. Bright lights will blind the driver when they reflect off the side mirrors of the bus or truck.


#4. Consuming alcohol greatly affects your:

Consuming alcohol affects judgment and coordination. It also causes drowsiness, blurred vision, and slowed reflexes.


#5. When merging onto a freeway:

When entering a freeway watch for an opening, activate your turn signal, and merge smoothly with the other traffic. Do not forget to check your blind spot by looking over your shoulder.


#6. If you run off the pavement, you should:

If your wheels drift onto the shoulder of the road, do not try to swerve back onto the pavement because you might throw your car off balance. Instead, stay on the shoulder and gradually reduce speed. After you have slowed down, turn gently back onto the pavement.


#7. When driving at higher speeds, which method helps you determine a safe following distance between you and vehicle ahead?

There is an easy way to tell if you are following another vehicle too closely. It is called the two-second rule and it works at any speed.

If the road and weather conditions are not good, increase your following distance to a four or five second count. The increased following limit also applies if you are driving vehicles with longer lengths than cars.

Remember, the two-second rule does not mean that you are able to stop within two seconds.


#8. Which background color is used for signs that give general warning of specific road conditions?

Yellow is used for general warnings of specific road conditions and dangers ahead.


#9. A condition of drowsiness or unawareness, known as highway hypnosis, is brought on by:

Highway hypnosis is a condition of drowsiness or unawareness brought on by monotony, the sound of the wind, the tires on the pavement, and the steady hum of the engine. Always stop driving if you feel drowsy.


#10. When you proceed straight ahead on a solid green light, you must:

A green light means Go.

You may go straight or turn right or left, yielding to other vehicles and pedestrians lawfully within the intersection. A sign may prohibit a turn or turns.


#11. What is your approximate stopping distance when driving at 25 mph under ideal conditions?

Thinking distance of 27 feet braking distance of 34.7 feet = total stopping distance of 61.7 feet.

Remember, actual stopping distances depend upon many factors. The table in your driver’s manual are approximate distances for an average passenger car with good brakes in good conditions on dry concrete.


#12. When parking near a fire hydrant, you are not allowed to park:

Parking is not allowed within 15 feet of a fire hydrant.


#13. At a railroad crossing, trains must be given the right-of-way:

Always yield the right-of-way to trains. Remember, trains cannot stop quickly. A freight train traveling at 55 mph takes a mile or more to stop. That is the length of 18 football fields.


#14. True or false? Motorcycle riders have the same rights and responsibilities as other highway users.

Motorcyclists have the same rights and responsibilities on public roads as other highway users.


#15. White lines separate traffic:

White lines separate lanes of traffic traveling in the same direction.


#16. When making a left turn, do not:

You should not keep close to the right edge pavement marking.

Be in the proper lane well before the turn. For a left turn, move into the lane closest to the center line. If there are no lines marking the lanes, move your vehicle to the right of the center of the road.

This question asked what you should not do.


#17. To be convicted of DUI (Driving Under the Influence) if you are 21 or older, your BAC level:

A driver can register a BAC of .00 percent and still be convicted of a DUI. The level of BAC does not clear a driver when it is below .08 percent.

Under state law, it is unlawful for any of the following persons to operate or be in actual physical control of a vehicle:

  • A person who is under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • A person who is under the influence of a drug to a degree which renders him incapable of safely operating a motor vehicle.
  • A person whose blood contains .08 percent or more concentration of alcohol.
  • A person under the combined influence of alcohol and a drug to a degree which renders him incapable of safely driving.
  • Commercial vehicle operators whose blood alcohol content is .04 percent or more.
  • Persons under 21 years of age whose blood alcohol content is .02 percent or more.
  • School bus and daycare drivers whose blood alcohol content is .02 percent or more.

#18. Carbon monoxide is a gas produced by engines, and it is:

Carbon monoxide is an invisible gas that has no smell, taste or color but is poisonous, even deadly.

Have the exhaust system checked regularly to be sure it does not leak. Do not idle the motor or drive with all the windows closed tightly. Do not warm up the motor while the vehicle is in a closed garage.


#19. If you need to use hand and arm signals, how would you signal a left turn?

Left turn – left arm extended horizontally out of open window.


#20. How many points will be added to your driving record if you are convicted of texting while driving?

Alabama law prohibits using a wireless device to write, send or read a text message, instant message or e-mail while operating a motor vehicle. The fine for violating the law is $25 for a first-time offense, $50 for a second offense and $75 for a third or subsequent offense. Also, for each offense, a two-point violation will be placed on the driving record.


#21. If it is raining when you approach this sign, you should:

Slippery when wet. The road surface is slippery when it is wet.

Exercise extreme caution when road surfaces are slippery from rain, snow, or ice. In a standard passenger car, partial hydroplaning starts at about 35 mph and increases with speed to about 55 mph, at which point the tires may be totally on the water. In a severe rainstorm the tires lose all contact with the road at 55 mph. If this is the case, there is no friction available to brake, accelerate, or corner. A gust of wind, a change of road pitch or a slight turn can create an unpredictable and uncontrollable skid.


#22. Which of the following convictions will result in a revocation of your driver's license?

The Director of ALEA must revoke your license upon receiving a record of your conviction for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle belonging to another.

Your driver license may be suspended if you are convicted of fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer and failure to maintain insurance when required.


#23. What kind of sign is this?

Regulatory Speed Limit sign.

Maximum speed limit as posted under normal conditions.


#24. When driving on a slippery surface such as snow or ice, you should:

Avoid sudden stops, sharp steering or changing speed quickly. If you should have to stop suddenly on a slippery surface, pump your brakes. If your wheels lock, release the brake to get them rolling again, then squeeze down again and keep repeating the pumping action until the vehicle stops. Stopping this way will slow your vehicle gradually instead of causing it to skid.


#25. A large truck is turning right onto a street with two lanes in each direction. The truck:

Truck and bus drivers need to swing wide to the left to safely make a right turn.

When the right turn signal is blinking, do not attempt to pass on the right. The driver will not be able to see you and you will become trapped. It is best to wait until the truck or bus has completed the maneuver before proceeding.


#26. What does this sign mean?

Sharp Turn.

The sign is used to warn of a sharp turn.


#27. If you see a pedestrian with a white cane at a crosswalk, you must:

The law requires you to stop and give right of way at any intersection to a blind person carrying a white cane tipped with red and holding the cane with arm extended, or using a guide dog.


#28. When approaching a stopped school bus with flashing red lights traveling in the opposite direction on a two-lane roadway with a center turning lane, you must:

You must stop when you are following or meeting a school bus or church bus stopped on the road while the stop signal arm is extended and displaying flashing red lights. Remain stopped until the stop signal is retracted and red lights are turned off.


#29. On two-lane roads with traffic moving in both directions, it is illegal to pass on the left side before a curve or hill if you cannot clearly see the road ahead for at least:

You may not cross the center line to pass:

  • On a curve or hill where you cannot see a clear passing distance of at least 500 feet.
  • At a highway intersection.
  • When meeting an oncoming vehicle.

#30. Unless otherwise posted, what is the speed limit on county (paved) roads?

Unless otherwise posted, the statutory speed limit on county paved road is 45 mph.

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The Official Alabama Knowledge Test
  Questions: 30
  Passing score: 80%
  Correct answers: 24
  Allotted time:
  Wait time before retest: None

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Study for Your Alabama Learner License

These sample test questions help you study for your Alabama Learner License.

The Learner License is the first step in the Alabama Graduated Driver License (GDL) program.

With this license you can practice driving together with a supervising parent, legal guardian, certified driving instructor, or a person who is at least 21 years old and holds an Alabama driver license. The supervising person must always sit in the front seat beside you.

Before You Study with the Practice Tests

Always start by getting a copy of the latest version of the Alabama Driver Manual. Get it online or from your Driver License District Office.

Study the manual until you have a good understanding of the content. Then, use the practice tests to check your progress and if you are ready or not for the exam.

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These free Alabama practice tests have 30 random questions based on the Alabama Driver License Manual and real examination questions.

After each question, you’ll get instant feedback together with a short explanation. The explanation helps you find the information in the Alabama Driver Manual.

Your first step is to get a copy of the latest version of the Alabama Driver Manual. Get it online or from your Driver License District Office.

Study the manual until you have a good understanding of the content. Then, use the practice tests to check your progress and if you are ready or not for the exam.

Alabama Driver Manual

The passing score in Alabama is 80 percent. On a practice test with 30 questions, you must answer at least 24 questions correctly. A rule of thumb is to take enough tests to make sure you answer at least 28 questions correctly.

Who Must Take the Written Knowledge Test

If you have not been licensed in Alabama before or if you let your driver license expire for more than three years, you must pass the required driver’s examination.

With an out-of-state license which has not been expired over one year, tests are waived, and you don’t have to take the exam.

New residents with a driver’s license from a country other than United States, Germany, South Korea, or Puerto Rico must pass the written knowledge test before getting a license.

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Things You Should Know about the Alabama Exam

There is a fee for each test. If you fail the first time and must take the knowledge test again, you must pay the fee again.

The written knowledge test is available in the following languages:


All tests are now computerized. The automated tests are available to all applicants taking the driver license knowledge test.

If you are hearing impaired, tests are available in American Sign Language. Contact your local Driver License office to make sure they offer this type of examination. It may not be available at all locations.

If you are unable to read and comprehend a written test, the test stations has audio support. Ask for an oral examination.

How many questions are on the Alabama Test?

How Many Questions are on the Alabama Knowledge Test?

The Alabama knowledge test has 30 questions. To reach the passing score of 80%, you must correctly answer 24 out of the 30 questions.

Read more: Passing Scores in other States

The test has questions on Alabama traffic laws, road signs, and rules of safe driving. You can find the answers to all test question in Alabama Driver Manual. So, don’t try to pass the exam without reading the manual.

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If you are applying for a motor driven cycle or a motorcycle license, you will need to study the material found in the motorcycle manual.

Frequently Asked Questions – FAQ

  • Any person in the employ or service of the United States Federal Government while driving or operating a motor vehicle owned or leased by the United States Federal Government.
  • Any person while driving any farm tractor or implement of husbandry temporarily operated or moved on the highway.
  • A non-resident at least 16 years old whose home country does not require licensing of drivers may operate a motor vehicle as a driver of not more than 90 days in any calendar year, if the vehicle operated is duly registered for the current year in the home country of the non-resident.



  • A non-resident at least 16 years old who has in his immediate possession a valid driver license issued to him in his home state or country. This includes military personnel from other states and their families stationed in Alabama, even though their assignment in Alabama may be of long duration.
  • A non-resident who has a valid driver license from the state of previous residence may drive without an Alabama license for 30 days after becoming a resident of the state.
  • Any non-resident full-time student, properly enrolled and registered in a school, college, university, or trade school in this state, who holds a valid license from his home state or country.


  • If you move to Alabama, you may drive without an Alabama license for 30 days after becoming a resident of the state. After 30 days, you must get an Alabama license.
  • If you are a resident of another state or country, there is no time limit. You may drive as long as you hold a valid driver license.

In Alabama, teenagers may apply for a learner permit or learner license at age 15.

With a learner license, a teenager may drive a motor vehicle only while accompanied by a parent, legal guardian, certified driving instructor, or licensed driver who is age 21 or older. This person must occupy the seat beside the driver.

A restricted driver license is step 2 of the Alabama graduated licensing program. It is issued to teens who are 16 years or older and have passed the road skills exam.

It comes with night-time restrictions (no driving between midnight and 6 a.m.) and passenger restrictions (no more than one passenger in the vehicle other than parents, legal guardians or family members).

A restricted driver license must be held for at least six months, before proceeding to step 3 at age 17.


The Alabama stage II restricted license has 3 restrictions:

  • Night time curfew: The holder must not drive during the hours of midnight to 6 a.m. unless:
    • accompanied by a parent or legal guardian
    • accompanied by a licensed driver who is age 21 or older with parent or legal guardian’s consent
    • going to or from an event sponsored by school or religious organization
    • going to or from place of employment
    • driving for the purpose of a medical, fire or law enforcement related emergency.
  • Passenger restriction: The holder must not have more than one passenger in the vehicle other than parents, legal guardians or family members.
  • Handheld devices restrictions: The holder must not use any handheld communication devices while driving.

Violations of any of the Alabama graduated driver license law restrictions will result in the restrictive period being extended by six months or until the teenager is 18 years old.

No. If you are 18 years or older, you may apply an unrestricted (stage III) driver license.

If you are 17 years and have held a valid license from another state for more than 6 months, you may also apply for an unrestricted Alabama license.

Alabama does not record knowledge test failure rates. Compared to other states, the Alabama knowledge test is generally considered easy.


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