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 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 score of 92 percent or more.
Each practice test has 25 random questions based on the handbook and real questions from California DMV. After every question on the test, you get instant feedback with a detailed explanation.
The passing score on the real test is 83 percent. On a test with 25 questions, this means you can only miss 4.
The real test has a different number of questions, depending on your age and type of test (see details below).
Read more: How to Ace the DMV test.
Who Must Take the California Written Knowledge Test
Knowledge test, vision test, and road test are always required 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, both the knowledge test and the road test can be waived.
You must also take all necessary tests after a license revocation.
How Many Questions Are on the California DMV Test?
If you are less than 18, 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 and applying for an original driver license, the traffic laws and sign test consists of 36 questions. If you pass, you will be issued a permit if you have never been licensed before. If you have a permit, you must drive with an accompanying adult who is 18 years of age or older and have a valid California license.
A 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.
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 any testing aid is used during the written test, the written test will be marked as a failure. 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.
California DMV Test on YouTube
More driver’s license and permit practice questions with correct answers. Questions and answers you must know for your California driver license or permit examination.
CA DMV Questions in Exam Mode
Sample tests in exam mode don’t give you instant feedback, instead your score is shown at the end of each test. Just so you know.