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  Questions per test: 30
  Question pool: 500+
  Type of test: Random multiple-choice



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#1. Two drivers arrive at the same time at an uncontrolled intersection. Who must yield?

When more than one vehicle reaches the intersection at the same time the vehicle on the left must yield the right-of-way and allow the vehicle on the right to go first.

If you enter an uncontrolled intersection at an unlawful speed, you lose any right of way which you might otherwise have.


#2. What does this sign mean?

School zone.

Slow down and watch for children crossing.


#3. Under Alabama point system your license will be suspended if you within two years accumulate:

The following schedule is used to determine the length of a suspension period:

  • 12-14 Points in a two-year period 60 days.
  • 15-17 Points in a two-year period 90 days.
  • 18-20 Points in a two-year period 120 days.
  • 21-23 Points in a two-year period 180 days.
  • 24 and above points in a two-year period 365 days.

After a traffic conviction is two years old, it loses its point count for suspension purposes but remains on a driver’s record.


#4. When is it safe to pass a vehicle stopped at a crosswalk?

A driver must not pass (overtake) another vehicle stopped for pedestrians in a crosswalk.


#5. What does this sign mean?

Lane Use.

Traffic in the right lane may proceed straight ahead or turn left. Traffic in the left lane must turn left.


#6. Alabama's basic speed law allows you to drive over the speed limit when it is reasonable and prudent:

Alabama’s basic speed law states that you must never drive a vehicle at a speed that is faster than reasonable under existing conditions. It does not allow you to drive over the speed limit.


#7. When you park on a hill headed downhill and there is no curb, you should turn your front wheels:

Headed downhill with no curb, turn the wheels to the right or side of the road, so the car will roll away from the center of the road if the brakes fail.

Remember, when you park on a hill, the general rule is to turn your wheels sharply towards the side of the road or curb. This way, if your vehicle starts to roll downhill, it will roll away from traffic. However, when headed uphill at a curb, you should turn the front wheels in the opposite direction, away from the curb and towards the road. Then, let your vehicle roll backwards until the back of your front wheel touches the curb. The curb will stop your car from rolling into traffic.


#8. Orange road signs indicate:

Orange is used as a background color for construction and maintenance warning signs. Warning signs are usually black and yellow, except those used in construction areas which are black and orange.


#9. When approaching an intersection to make a left turn and oncoming traffic prevents you from making an immediate turn, you should:

Slow down and stop if necessary.


#10. Which of the following is not considered safe driving on a highway?

Do not block the passing lane. If you drive at a speed below the flow of traffic, you must use the right lane.

This question asked what is NOT a safe driving practice.


#11. You see this sign. What should you expect ahead?

Narrow bridge ahead.

The bridge ahead is narrower than the roadway.


#12. Which is true about alcohol?

Remember, alcohol is a depressant, it slows you down.

Alcohol is not a stimulant. It slows normal reflexes, interferes with judgment, reduces alertness, and impairs observation.

If some people feel stimulated after drinking, it is simply that their inhibitions are lowered, causing loss of caution and self-control.


#13. Assuming you are traveling 45 mph and suddenly need to stop. How far will your car approximately go, before you react and can start braking (0.75 seconds)?

The thinking distance when traveling at 45 mph is 49 feet. See table in the driver’s manual.

This is the distance traveled in feet during 3/4 seconds.


#14. You approach a school bus on your side of a divided highway. Yellow lights are flashing. In this situation, you must:

Flashing amber lights are a pre-warning that the bus is preparing to stop to load or unload children.

In rural areas, the light are used at least 300 feet before stopping and in municipalities at least 100 feet.


#15. When driving in foggy conditions, high beams will:

Keep headlights on low beam to reduce the glaring reflection of your lights on the thick fog blanket, heavy rain, or blinding snow.


#16. You can be arrested for driving under the influence of:

There are many drugs, which interfere with your ability to drive safely. These may be contained in prescriptions written by your doctor, or may be found in some of the remedies which you can buy without prescription.

Remember, it is illegal to drive when you are under the influence of a drug to a degree that makes you incapable of driving safely.


#17. Which is an appropriate restraint system for a child weighing less than 20 pounds?

The new Alabama law requires children to be in rear-facing infant car seats until they are one year or weigh 20 pounds. After that, they must be in forward-facing child car seats until they are five or weigh 40 pounds, in booster seats until they turn six, and in regular seat belts until they turn 15.


#18. You should expect to be in a large truck's blind spot if you:

Look for the truck driver’s face in the side mirror. If you can’t see the driver’s face in the side-view mirror, the driver can’t see you. If that driver needs to change lanes for any reason, you could be in big trouble. This is especially true if there is an accident situation and the driver must take evasive action.


#19. When should you use your horn?

You should use your horn when reasonably necessary to insure safe operation. Do not hesitate to use your horn, as you round hazardous curves to let the other drivers know they are not alone on the narrow road.


#20. If your brakes stop working, you can safely drive the vehicle to a garage if you do not drive faster than 20 mph.

Do not drive a vehicle without brakes.


#21. Keeping a safe following distance using a two-second rule means:

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.


#22. What does a solid yellow line on a two-lane road indicate?

A solid yellow line marks a No Passing zone. If the solid yellow line is on your side of the road, do not pass. Pass only if there is a broken line on your side.


#23. You must obey directions, signals, and instructions from:

Remember, you must obey instructions from a flagman at a construction site, or at any time when directed by a police officer. You must also obey directions from a school patrol member.


#24. Sharing a lane with a motorcyclist:

Drivers should never move into the same lane alongside a motorcycle even if the lane is wide and cyclist is riding far to one side. It is not only illegal, but extremely hazardous.


#25. What does this sign mean?

Traffic signals are ahead. Slow down and be prepared to obey the signals.


#26. When it starts to rain or snow:

It is important that you are able to see clearly through the windows and windshield. Make sure your windshield wipers are in working condition.


#27. An Alabama learner license expires after:

A learner license is valid for four years.


#28. When are you required to stop at a railroad crossing?

You must stop at a railroad crossing if:

  • A clearly visible railroad signal warns of the approach of a train.
  • A crossing gate is lowered or a flag person signals you to stop.
  • An approaching train within about 1,500 feet of the crossing produces an audible signal and is an immediate hazard.
  • An approaching train is visible and in unsafe proximity to the crossing.

#29. 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.


#30. Signaling before turning is:

Giving an appropriate turn signal is required by law. (Alabama Code – Section 32-5A-133)

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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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