#1. Which is always a safe speed on two-lane highways?
No single speed is safe at all times. In addition to the posted speed limit, you must consider road conditions, visibility conditions and the flow of other traffic in choosing a safe speed to drive.
#2. Following this vehicle too closely is unwise because:
Follow trucks at a safe distance. Trucks are almost as wide as some lanes of travel. If you follow too closely behind, you will not be able to react quickly enough to changing traffic conditions. Large vehicles block your field of vision of the road ahead, you will need extra distance to see around the vehicle.
#3. When driving at night you must:
Headlights are a poor substitute for daylight. Never drive so fast that you cannot stop within the distance you can see ahead with your lights.
#4. If you are convicted of driving against a red light and causing serious injury, it will result in the following points on your driving record:
Failure to stop for a traffic signal, stop sign or to yield the right-of-way, causing serious injury will result in four points on your driving record.
#5. The three-six second rule refers to how you should:
You can use the three-six second rule to determine if you have enough cushion between you and the vehicle you are following. At times you will need more than a three-second cushion (like when road conditions are poor). At high speeds, the distance your vehicle travels while you are reacting to a problem is greater and your margin for error is less. If you are following too closely, you may not be able to stop in time.
#6. Without a completed driver education program, an applicant for a graduated license must have completed 30 hours of supervised driving, including:
An applicant must have satisfactorily completed an Arizona driver education program approved by MVD or the parent or guardian must certify in writing that the applicant has completed at least 30 hours of supervised driving practice, including at least 10 hours at night.
#7. What does HOV stand for?
HOV stands for High Occupancy Vehicle.
#8. An arrow panel displaying this message means:
Move or merge left. Large flashing or sequencing arrow panels may be used in work zones both day and night to guide drivers into certain traffic lanes and to inform them that part of the road or street ahead is closed.
#9. What shape is the road sign that tells you there is a school crossing ahead?
Permanent five-sided (pentagon shaped) mean you are near a school. School crossing signs warn drivers that children may be crossing any time of the day. School crossing signs may be yellow or yellow-green.
The shape of a traffic sign can give you as much information about the meaning of a sign as the sign’s color or wording. When visibility is poor, such as in heavy rain, dust storms, or fog, you may be able to make out only the shape of a particular sign.
#10. During the first six months with a graduated driver license (Class G), you may drive after midnight if accompanied by:
During the first six months with a graduated driver license (Class G), you may not drive a motor vehicle between the hours of midnight and 5:00 a.m. unless:
- A parent or legal guardian with a valid Class A, B, C or D license occupies the front passenger seat, or
- Driving directly to or from a sanctioned school-sponsored activity, place of employment, a sanctioned religious activity or a family emergency.
#11. When entering a freeway from an entrance ramp lane, what should your speed be?
The key to entering a freeway smoothly is to accelerate on the entrance ramp to match the speed of freeway traffic in the right lane. Then signal, check the traffic around you, and merge carefully. Do not cross a solid line.
#12. You approach your highway exit and there is a large truck in the right lane beside you. What is the best thing to do?
Do not cut in front of trucks. It takes trucks twice as long to stop. If you move into that space and have to brake suddenly, you cut the truck’s available stopping distance in half, placing you and your passengers in danger.
#13. Where is it illegal to park?
It is illegal to park in front of a private or public driveway.
#14. The Implied Consent Law means that you:
When you apply for and accept the privilege to drive a vehicle in Arizona, you give consent to test for blood alcohol concentration (BAC) or drug content if you are arrested for driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs (DUI). This is known as the Implied Consent Law.
#15. What does this sign mean?
Sharp Turn. Road ahead makes a sharp turn in the direction of the arrow (right). Slow down, keep right, and do not pass.
#16. You should cross a solid white line on the right edge of the roadway only:
A solid white line marks the right edge of the roadway and separates lanes of traffic moving in the same direction. Only cross the solid line on the right edge of the roadway in case of emergency or to avoid a road hazard.
#17. A car passenger two years of age must:
State and federal laws require that children are secured in an age-appropriate child passenger restraint system until they are 8 years of age, or at least four feet, nine inches tall.
#18. What does this sign mean?
School or School Crossing Zone.
Permanent five-sided (pentagon shaped) school crossing signs warn drivers that children may be crossing any time of the day. School crossing signs may be yellow or yellow-green.
#19. You want to pass another vehicle on a two-lane road. There is a curve ahead that blocks your view. What should you do?
Do not pass when approaching a curve or the top of a hill where you cannot see ahead to be sure of safe passing.
#20. All arrived at an uncontrolled intersection at the same time. Which has the right-of-way?:
If two vehicles arrive at the intersection at about the same time, both must stop and the driver of the vehicle on the left must yield the right-of-way to the driver on the right.
#21. You approach a stopped school bus with flashing red lights. You are traveling in the opposite direction on a roadway with a barrier between travel directions. What should you do?
When approaching a school bus that is picking up or dropping off passengers, you must come to a complete stop before reaching the bus, regardless of your direction of travel.
You are not required to stop for a school bus on a divided roadway when traveling in the opposite direction. A divided roadway is one in which the road is separated by physical barriers such as a fence, curbing or separation of the pavement. Roadway striping by itself does not constitute a physical separation of the roadway.
#22. When driving at night in heavy traffic, you should use:
Use low beams when driving on city or town streets and whenever there is oncoming traffic. When following another car, use low beams whenever you are within 200 feet.
#23. You drive defensively when you:
Defensive driving means being constantly aware of the driving conditions, planning ahead, anticipating dangers and taking the right action so as not to come in contact with any obstacle or another vehicle.
A defensive driver is in responds to their driving environment. Keep your eyes moving and learn to read the road. To avoid the need for last minute decision making, look ahead for a distance of about one city block. Be alert and watch for cars, bicyclists, people or animals that may cross your path.
Another important defensive driving skill is compromise. When you cannot separate risks, and you must deal with two or more at the same time, compromise by giving the most room to either the greatest or most likely danger.
#24. You approach a railroad crossing. There is heavy traffic ahead. You must stop before the crossing when:
Do not get trapped on a railroad crossing. Stop before the crossing if you cannot cross and completely clear the tracks.
#25. When you see or hear an emergency vehicle approaching:
Whenever a police car, fire engine, ambulance or other emergency vehicle approaches using a siren, lights or other warning devices, you must yield the right-of-way. Drive at once to the right side of the road and stop until the vehicle has passed.
Do not block intersections. The law requires you to stop clear of any intersection.
#26. To make a left turn, you should turn into:
Always finish turning in the proper lane. Start a left turn from the left-most lane and finish in the lane directly to the right of the center line. Finish a right turn in the right-most lane. Do not cut corners. Do not swing wide on your turns.
#27. Locked wheel skids are usually caused by:
This type of skid is usually caused by braking too hard at a high rate of speed and locking the wheels. Ease off the brake if the wheels lock and the car begins to skid.
#28. When driving in a roundabout, you should:
Once inside the roundabout, don’t stop and don’t try to pass large trucks. Follow directions on signs or pavement markings about which lane to use, then stay in your lane. Use your right turn signal when exiting.
#29. You may continue carefully against a yellow light if:
This signal means caution. A steady yellow light is a warning that the light is about to turn red. If you have not entered the intersection, you should come to a safe stop. If you are already in the intersection, you should continue moving and clear it safely. Speeding up to beat the light is illegal and could cause a crash.
#30. Before turning left or right you should signal during the last:
Always signal your left or right turn during the last 100 feet before reaching the turning point.
Key Facts Arizona MVD Permit Examination
|What You Should Know|
|Number of questions on exam:||30|
|Passing score:||80 percent|
|Correct answers to pass:||24|
|Allotted time to complete test:||No limit|
|Wait time before retest:||7 days|
|Test at Home:||If under 18 years|
|This Practice Test||Number of questions on each practice test:||30|
|Each test is random and different from the previous|
What are Arizona MVD Permit Practice Tests?
Each Arizona permit practice test at Driver’s Prep has 30 questions picked randomly from a large database, which means that each practice test will be different. When you take the real AZ MVD exam you are likely to see questions that are, if not exactly same, at least similar to the ones in this practice test.
We have designed all our tests to help you study and pass the real written test. Focus is on learning. You should know that we have offered free prep tests since 2007 and give you sample tests you can trust.
You can find the answers to all test questions in the Arizona Driver License Manual.
We, however, also stretch it a bit. Hopefully, we can help you, not only to pass the test, but also to be a safe and knowledgeable driver.
After each question on the practice test, you get instant feedback. If your answer is wrong, you will get a brief explanation. This will help you learn faster and pass the real exam the first time.
All practice tests at driversprep.com are 100% FREE. No gimmicks and no registration is necessary.
How Should I Study for the AZ MVD Test?
That is a particularly good question.
Start by getting the latest version of the Arizona Driver License Manual . Study the manual and get a feel for everything you need to know for your exam. Sometimes, you need to study important chapters more than once.
Then, use these permit practice tests to check your progress and see what you have missed in the driver’s. Don’t use the test as a replacement for reading the manual, the tests are intended as a supplement only.
What is the Passing Score on the Arizona MVD Exam?
The passing score in Arizona is 80 percent, which means you must correctly answer at least 24 of 30 questions.
When you study and practice for the permit exam, aim higher. To be on the safe side, it is always a good idea to strive for the perfect score of 100%.
Focus on learning and understanding, not memorizing.
Exam questions are drawn from a large pool of questions. AZ MVD asks questions in many ways and choices are not always worded identically. Memorization without true understanding can trip you up on the test, but more importantly; it doesn’t make you a good driver.
When Do I Need to Take the Arizona MVD Knowledge Test?
When you apply for your first original driver’s license or an instruction permit, you must always pass a written knowledge test, a vision test, and a road test.
You must also take the written test after Arizona MVD has revoked your driver’s license.
A revocation is a complete withdrawal of your Arizona driving privilege. The termination is indefinite and there is no guarantee that you will get your license back. After a specified time, you may apply for a new license and you must pass all tests again.
This is different from a license suspension. If your driver’s license would have been suspended, your privilege is not terminated – it is just put on hold. It is a temporary action for a period, after which you will get your license back.
What if I have a License from Another State?
If you have a driver’s license from another state and want to get an Arizona license, MVD usually waives both the written test and the driving test.
There are, however, some situations when Arizona officials can ask you to pass a knowledge test, even if you have a valid driver’s license. If you are in doubt, it’s a good idea to contact your local MVD office before you visit.
How Many Questions are on the Arizona MVD Test?
The real driver’s license and permit exam has 30 multiple-choice questions. You can miss 6 questions and still pass (80%).
You take the test at a computer workstation using a touch screen. The test has random questions from a larger pool of questions based on the content of the Arizona Driver License Manual.
Like all DMV exams, each test is random and different than what another test taker gets.
Can I Take the Arizona Test at Home?
If you are under 18 years, AZMVD offers the option to take the test online in your home with supervision of parents or legal guardians.
To qualify as a test administrator in in the Permit Test @ Home program, a parent or legal guardian must:
- Have a State-issued driver license or ID card
- Certify that they are the test takers parent/guardian
- Commit to administering the exam in a room or facility where access can be limited
- Ensure test taker don’t have access to other mobile or electronic devices, documents, notes or writing materials during the exam
The registration for the Permit Test @ Home account is made by the parent or legal guardian.
Just like the official test at an AZMVD location, the test is scored as it progresses. You will see the results immediately with an on-screen notification. You need 24 correct answers to pass.
Should you fail, you can retake the test without waiting time and with no extra fees. When you take the test at the MVD office, you must wait 1 day before you can take it again.
The online test can also be offered by an Arizona Professional Driving School.
Can I Ask for an Oral Test?
If you have trouble reading, you should ask for an oral test at one of MVD’s locations. They will offer oral tests in the following situations:
- You cannot read, or your reading competency is low.
- You have incorrectly answered many questions on a previous test or has failed a second or third attempt.
- You read in a foreign language and a written test in the foreign language is not available.
What If I Fail the First Time?
MVD gives you three attempts to pass the written test within 12 months from the date of the application.
Should you fail the test at MVD, you can take it again the next day, if there are available appointments. You will not get the same test again since all tests are random.
After failing three times, you must pay for a new application.
Note that this doesn’t apply if you are under 18 years and use the Permit Test @ Home program.
What is the GDL Process?
Like all states, Arizona has a Graduated License Program. The purpose is to allow teen drivers to get driving experience and skills gradually over time.
The program has three steps:
1 Graduated instruction permit (learner’s permit)
2 Graduated restricted driver’s license (provisional license)
3 Unrestricted driver’s license (class D)
Step 1: Graduated Instruction Permit
If you are at least 15 years and 6 months but under 18 years, you can apply for the Instruction Permit.
Bring a completed Driver License Application (Form 40-5122) to the licensing office or start the application online.
If you are under 18 years old, a parent or legal guardian must sign the application and the signature must be witnessed. This is usually done when you visit the MVD office.
You must show proof of your identity and age. MVD must also verify your legal U.S. presence. [ Read More ]
Then, before MVD issues the permit, you must pass both the written test and a vision test.
When you have your instruction permit, you can start practicing. You must be accompanied by a licensed driver who is at least 21 years and sits beside you whenever you drive.
The permit is valid for 12 months.
Step 2: Graduated Driver’s License
When you are 16 years and have had an instruction permit for at least six months, you can apply for a Graduated Driver’s License, often called a provisional license or intermediate license.
MVD will ask for a log of 30 hours of supervised driving practice. You must have completed 20 hours of daytime driving and 10 hours of nighttime driving.
With your restricted driver’s license, you can drive alone. But you can only drive between 5 a.m. and midnight. If you want to drive at night (midnight to 5 a.m.), you must drive with a parent or legal guardian who has a valid driver license and is sitting in the front passenger seat.
You can drive unsupervised after midnight if you are driving to or from a sanctioned school sponsored activity, sanctioned religious activity, place of employment, or must drive because of a family emergency.
The nighttime restriction is lifted after the first six months with a graduated driver’s license.
The license also has a passenger restriction. You cannot drive with more than one passenger under the age of 18 unless one of these conditions is met:
- The passengers are your siblings.
- You are accompanied by a parent or legal guardian with a valid driver license who occupies the front passenger seat.
Wireless Communication Restrictions
Both the instruction permit and the provisional license comes with a new (2018) wireless device restriction.
While you hold the instruction permit, you cannot use a wireless communication device for any reason except during an emergency in which stopping the vehicle is impossible or will create an additional emergency or safety hazard.
During the first six months with the class G license, you may not drive using a wireless communication device for any reason except:
- During an emergency in which stopping the vehicle is impossible or will create an additional emergency or safety hazard.
- When using an audible turn-by-turn navigation system under specified conditions.
The New Cellphone Law for All License Holders
In 2019, use of handheld devices was be banned for all license holders. The law is enforced starting this year (2021).
The new law prohibits:
- Holding a cellphone in any way while talking on the phone.
- Writing, sending, or reading any text-based communication including a text, instant message, or email.
- Watching any kind of video or recording video.
Unlike some other states you may, however, use a handheld cellphone while stopped at a traffic light or stop light.
You are also allowed to:
- Swipe a phone screen to make or accept a phone call.
- Talk on the phone if using an earpiece, headphone device or device worn on a wrist.
- Use a GPS system.
- Talk on a handheld cellphone when calling 911.
Step 3: Class D Operator License
If you want, you can continue using your Class G graduated driver license even after you turn 18.
But you probably want to get a new license reflecting the Class D operator status. Visit ServiceArizona.com to replace your current graduated license.
If you are under 21 years, the unrestricted license retains the special vertical orientation. It indicates that you are still under 21.
When you turn 21,you are eligible to (but not required to) get a replacement license with the regular horizontal orientation. This license will not have the under-21 designation.
Arizona MVD Service Limitations During COVID-19 Pandemic
During the pandemic, Arizona MVD office services are by appointment only. Some appointments can be scheduled online others by calling 602.255.0072 for all services, appointments, or questions. Hours: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday. More information
Activate your AZ MVD Now account and see if you can get the service you need online.
Please note that it is mandatory to wear a mask when visiting a MVD office in Arizona.
Other Common Questions (FAQ)
Yes. If you are eligible for the Permit Test @ Home program, you can take the knowledge test comfortably at home.
Applications for Arizona driver licenses, identification cards and instruction permits at MVD offices are currently limited. Please call 602.712.2700 for a visit.
Normally, you would complete the online application, gather your documents and then visit an MVD office or Authorized Third Party Driver License provider, where you need to have a photo taken and pass a vision screening.
During the pandemic, your Arizona driver license is automatically extended. Deadlines to renew standard driver licenses that have an expiration date between March 1, 2020, and December 31, 2020, have been extended one year from their original expiration date
For example, if a driver license expired on June 20, 2020, the new expiration date will be June 20, 2021.
You must report any change of address to MVD within 10 days. You can change your address online. Register at AZ MVD Now and update your personal information.
You may also visit a Arizona MVD service office. Please call 602.712.2700 to schedule an appointment.
Note that you need to replace your driver license if you want the license to reflect your new address.
Arizona Driver Services don't record failure rates. It is, however, estimated that about one third of all new applicants fail the knowledge test the first time. It is slightly below average in United States.
Due to the use of home tests, estimates are less reliable.
Yes, all customers must wear a mask in Arizona MVD offices. During the pandemic all visits are by appointment only.
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