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



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#1. If you experience a tire blowout, your vehicle can become uncontrollable if you:

Do not brake until the vehicle is under control. If you apply the brakes, you can make the situation worse.


#2. If you are convicted of following too closely, it will result in the following points on your driving record:

Following too closely will result in three points on your driving record.


#3. What does this sign mean?

This sign warns that there is a flag man ahead. Always follow his or her directions.


#4. It can be dangerous to leave a motor running in a garage because of:

Cars produce carbon monoxide, a deadly odorless and colorless gas. Fumes from a leaky exhaust system can cause death in a very short time. Never run the motor in your garage, or sit in the car with the motor running, without opening a window.


#5. What does this sign mean?

Sharp Turn.

The sign is used to warn of a sharp turn.


#6. You may not pass another vehicle:

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.

#7. A traffic signal with a yellow arrow means:

Yellow arrows come after green arrows to indicate that the protected movement indicated by the green arrow is being terminated.


#8. The law allows parking in all of following places, except:

You cannot park 10 feet of a fire hydrant (this is within 15 feet).

Note: this question asked where you cannot park.


#9. Which will affect you more?

Drinking three drinks in one hour will affect you more than drinking three drinks in three hours. Remember, your BAC depends on several factors including the period of time in which the alcohol was consumed and the amount of time since you had your last drink.


#10. When driving at night, you must:

Over driving headlights is a common and dangerous practice. You should never drive so fast that you cannot stop within the distance you can see ahead with your lights.

Remember, excessive speed is more dangerous at night because of limited visibility. You can see only as far as your headlights carry, and at high speeds this does not give you sufficient stopping distance.


#11. When two vehicles meet at an intersection and both have signaled to turn left, each motorist should:

When you meet another driver at an intersection and both of you want to turn left, each will turn to the left of the other. See turning diagrams in the Driver’s Manual.


#12. The driver in front of you signals (left arm extended, with elbow bent upward, at about a 90-degree angle):

Right turn – left arm extended, with elbow bent upward, at about a 90-degree angle.


#13. When you approach a railroad crossing without warning signals, stop signs or crossing gates:

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. Which is the background color on a road sign like this?

All red signs are regulatory signs and must be obeyed. They indicate stop or prohibition and include signs like: stop, yield, do not enter and wrong way.


#15. You approach an intersection. Where should you stop if there is a stop sign, but no stop line or crosswalk?

If no stop line is marked, the vehicle must stop before entering the crosswalk on the near side of the intersection. If there is no crosswalk, the vehicle must stop before entering the crossing street at the point nearest the intersection where the driver has a clear view of approaching traffic.


#16. You are at a stop sign. A motorcycle approaches from the left and signals a right turn into the road you are about to leave. What should you do?

Turn signals are not automatically self-canceling on most motorcycles. At times, the rider may forget to turn the signal off. Before making a turn in front of any vehicle, be sure the vehicle is turning and not continuing straight with a forgotten turn signal still blinking.


#17. Driving over an unprotected fire hose on the road is allowed:

Do not drive over an unprotected fire hose unless authorized to do so by a police officer or fire department official.


#18. Which of the following is generally illegal when driving on a freeway?

Remember, stopping on the traveled portion of a is not allowed. In case of emergencies, such as mechanical breakdowns, park entirely off the traveled portion and stay with your vehicle if at all possible. Open the trunk, raise the hood if weather permits and tie a white cloth to a door handle or antenna, where it can best be seen.


#19. What does this sign mean?

No U-Turn.

This sign means that you are not allowed to make a U-turn.

A red circle with a red slash mark across a symbol indicates that you should not take a certain course of action.


#20. If you strike an unattended vehicle and are unable to find the owner, you must:

If your vehicle hits an unattended vehicle, either notify the police, make an attempt to locate the owner of the parked vehicle, or leave a written notice in a conspicuous place on the unattended vehicle, giving your name and address.


#21. 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.


#22. If your driving privileges have been suspended by another state, you may obtain an Alabama driver license:

An Alabama driver license is not issued to any person whose driving rights or privilege is suspended or revoked in any state.


#23. What does this sign mean?

Pedestrian crossing. Just ahead is a location where people on foot often cross. The crosswalk may not necessarily be at an intersection. Use caution as you approach and drive more slowly and carefully, watching both sides of the street for pedestrians.

Signs may have a separate downward-pointing arrow plaque, which indicates the actual location of the crosswalk.


#24. When must you use your headlights?

According to state law, headlights must be turned on from a half-hour after sunset to a half-hour before sunrise and during other periods of limited visibility when you cannot see clearly for at least 500 feet. Alabama law also requires that headlights be turned on when the windshield wipers of the vehicle are in use because of rain, sleet, or snow.


#25. A shared center lane for turning can be used:

Shared center lanes are reserved for making left turns by vehicles traveling in both directions. On the pavement, left-turn arrows for traffic in one direction alternate with left-turn arrows for traffic coming from the other direction.

These lanes are marked on each side by a solid yellow and dashed yellow line.

Passing or overtaking is not permitted in the center lane.


#26. When you see a truck preparing for a right turn ahead, you should:

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.


#27. To avoid getting tired on a long trip, you should:

It is advisable to take regular rest stops, every 100 miles or every two hours.

Highway hypnosis is often brought on by monotony, like the sound of the wind, the tires on the pavement, and the steady hum of the engine. Keep shifting your eyes from one area of the roadway to another and focus them on various objects – near and far, left and right.


#28. What does the two-second rule mean?

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.


#29. A posted speed limit like this is:

In addition to the basic speed law, the traffic laws set up speed limits for normal driving conditions. Speeds in excess of such limits are prima facie evidence that they are unlawful, and you may be arrested.


#30. When you see a sign with this shape and color, you must:

A stop sign has eight sides and is red with white letters. It means that you must come to a complete stop before entering the intersection ahead and yield to traffic close enough to be an immediate hazard.

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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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