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California DMV Test Questions & Answers – 100% FREE

California DMV practice tests
California DMV Test Questions & Answers – 100% FREECalifornia DMV Test Questions & Answers – 100% FREE
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Practice Permit Test & Driver License Test

The best way to study for your permit or full driver license test is to use both the Driver Handbook and these permit practice tests!

Make sure you get the latest version of the handbook and read it. Pay special attention to rules and laws that are specific for California.

Use the practice tests to verify if you are ready or not. Take enough sample tests at Driver’s Prep to make sure you can reach a perfect score of 100%.

Student taking practice tests

Each CA DMV practice test has 36 random questions based on the handbook and real questions from California DMV (dmv.ca.gov). After every question on the test, you get instant feedback with a detailed explanation.

The passing score on the real DMV examination is 83 percent. On a test with 36 questions, this means you can only miss 6 questions.



The number of questions on the real California knowledge test depends on your age and what test you take (see details below). If you are under 18 years, the test has 46 questions.

Read more about studying for your exam: How to Ace the DMV test.

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Who Must Take the California Written Knowledge Test

You must always take a knowledge test, vision test, and road test when you apply for an original California driver license or upgrade to a different class of driver license.

If you have a license from another state, DMV will usually waive both the knowledge test and the road test.

After a license revocation, you must apply for a new license and re-take all necessary tests.

How many questions are on the California DMV test

How Many Questions Are on the California DMV Test?

If you are less than 18 years, but at least 15 years and six months, and applying for a provisional permit, you need to take the written test on traffic laws and traffic signs. There are 46 questions on this test. To pass, you must correctly answer 38 questions. If you fail, you must wait one week before taking it again. You have three chances to pass the test.

If you are over 18 years and apply for an original driver license, the test covering traffic laws and road signs consists of 36 questions. If you pass, you will be issued a permit if you have never been licensed before.

A CA DMV renewal test for adults has 18 questions.

Computerized Tests with Touch Screens

Previously, you got the DMV knowledge test on paper. Today, you take the test on a computer with a touch screen. Instead of marking the correct answer with an “X”, the applicant now just taps the correct answer on a screen.

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The new computer version has randomized questions just like on our practice tests, which means that no two tests are the same. The computer tests are available in English and Spanish.

Computer tests speed up the exam process, but it is also a lot easier to misread and make a hasty decision. So, take your time and read everything carefully.

Make an Appointment?

To save time when you are ready for your test, make an appointment online at www.dmv.ca.gov or call during normal business hours.

Do Not Cheat!

Remember, the use of any testing aids is strictly prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to, the use of cell phones, cheat sheets, and the California Driver Handbook. If you use any aid during the written test, you will fail. An action may also be taken by the DMV against your driving privilege or the driving privilege of anyone else who assists you in the examination process.

After The California DMV Knowledge Test

If you pass the test, California DMV issues a provisional permit (learner’s permit).

Once you have your permit, you may practice driving supervised by a parent, spouse, legal guardian, or certified driving instructor. You may also practice driving with any licensed California driver 25 years of age or older.

To learn more about California’s graduated driver license process, read this article: What is California Graduated Driver’s License?

California DMV Practice Test on YouTube

Here you can find more driver’s license and permit practice questions with correct answers. These are some of the questions and answers you must know for your California driver license or permit examination.

More Practice Tests for Your CA DMV exam

Once you start practicing, you will see links to more practice tests! Just tap/click on the link that says “Next Test”.

31 Comments

  1. I have been declared medically blind on one eye,can I be allowed to take the vision test and drive?

  2. Shirley Espinoza May 19, 2019 at 4:56 pm

    I have studied and studied but of course nervous. I have a question that I can’t find an answer for. I have my test on June 4 and my birthday is June 6. If I fail and need to do again, do I need to do the driver’s test again? I have a clean record and need to know what to expect. I am a senior. I live in So. CA. Thank you.

    • The important question first: DMV will not ask for the behind-the-wheel test when you renew your license just because you fail the knowledge test.

      Secondly, the knowledge test for a renewal is usually very easy and has questions that you are probably very familiar with. Most drivers with some experience easily pass this renewal test. So, try not to be nervous about it. Read carefully, but don’t read to much into the questions. There aren’t any trick questions.

      With that being said, it is always up to the examiner’s discretion to ask for a practical driving test if there are reasons to believe that you have mental and/or physical condition or an inability to follow California traffic laws. This is rare and almost never comes as a surprise to a test taker.

  3. Evelyn Tobias Martin May 1, 2019 at 1:40 am

    If I’m out of the country and I can’t renew on time of my license can you still accept even I’m late, how many months or days do you allow. Thanks

    • California allows you to renew at any time. Process is the same. No late fees.

      An in-person DMV visit is required for the new Real ID driver’s license. To board a domestic flight in 2020, you will need a federally-compliant ID, such as a Real ID driver’s license.

      If eligible for online renewal , you may be able to apply for the old driver’s license online and replace it at a later point.

      Remember, there is no grace period when your license has expired. It is illegal for you to drive until your license is renewed.

  4. on the california test there is a question ?12 about which way to turn wheels when downhill with not curb

    The correct answer should be toward the curb or “to the Right” not left which you say is the correct answer

    • You are correct about the proper way to turn the front wheels when parking downhill.

      But there is no question on the California tests suggesting that you should turn them the other way. There are five versions of this question (downhill with or without curb). Correct answers on these questions are “toward the curb”, “toward the side of the road”, “to the right”, or “away from the road”.

  5. Hi Mark, For a renewal license, how many mistakes to pass the test and how many questions for the test.
    Thank you.

  6. I would like to know how I can take the oral test

  7. Virginia-Gigi Angeles Turpin August 16, 2018 at 3:27 pm

    I just took my drivers renewal test last August 14,2018 @ ave L6 10 st west in Palmdale/Lancaster I had Roxanne to process my papers to take the written test and Allyssa to take the written test I was so nervous but both employee made feel that it will be ok both of them were so professional they made you at ease ..I thought I will have coronary attack both of them explained to me the computer and written test very well… the line was long coz there are too many who take the test and I understand it….took the written test coz Im not too good in computer Im old …but got 100% in the test and Alyssa made sure that Ihave an extension of my drivers license …both roxane and alyssa are perfect asset in your dept..thank you im waiting for my drivers renewal license..keep up the good work Roxanne and alyssa ..I suggest to the people who is taking the renewal test to study the 2018 booklet and you pass it…thank you..

  8. quwationa 25,26,29 and 30 have nothing to do with the questions

  9. I have an appointment for my license renewal, do I have to stand in those 2 hour lines. If so, whats the deal of making an appointment. I live in CA

    • No you dont wait in line you go ahead right in and say you have an appointment

      • Odessa Hood Bolden July 12, 2019 at 4:53 pm

        I am 81 yrs. old and I have too take a drivers test and on Aug. 27 I will 82yrs old, I would like to know what I can do so I don’t have to stand inline for 1 or too two hours. Please help me.

  10. in spanish

  11. Is it possible to retake the driving test if my license need to be renew?

  12. Which test I take to renew my license

  13. I already had a Ohio state license but moved to California a month back, so need to apply for California license. Thanks drivers prep . I cleared my written test for California dmv today with just two mistakes. Practice sample tests were really helpful.

  14. I failed DMV written test because half of the questions were not on your practice tests. I think you should update your practice test questions.

    • You failed your test because you didn’t know and/or understand the facts described in the California Driver Handbook. As simple as that.

      Our CA practice questions has more than 1,200 questions. With 8 completed practice tests, you covered less than 15 percent of them.

  15. Can someone please recommend a local driving instructor prior to dmv driving test in Palo Alto, ca.?

    Thank You

  16. I wish you would post what the correct answers are. You don’t learn this way

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