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#1. When you change lanes, you should:

Look over your shoulder to check your blind spot, which is the area slightly to the rear and side of your vehicle that you cannot see in your mirrors.


#2. This flagger signal means:

To stop traffic, the flagger extends a red flag into the line of traffic, with the flag hanging down. The free arm is held with the palm above shoulder level and facing the viewer.

Drivers are responsible for knowing how to read and react to work zone directional signs.


#3. When you see this sign, you should:

Side Road Ahead sign. It tells you that there is an intersection ahead. Watch out for traffic entering from the side road and oncoming traffic turning.


#4. What does this sign mean?

Sharp Curve Ahead (Chevron) sign. The sign warns of sharp turn or curve in direction of arrow. Signs are normally placed in series.


#5. If your headlights suddenly go out at night and you cannot get them working again:

Try the headlight switch a few times. If that does not work, put on the emergency flashers, turn signals, or fog lights, if you have them. Pull off the road as soon as possible.


#6. To avoid a collision, a driver basically has three options:

There almost always is something you can do to avoid the crash or reduce the impact of the crash. In avoiding a collision, drivers have three options: stop, turn, or speed up.


#7. When you see this sign, you should:

Stop sign ahead. When you come to this sign, you should slow down and be ready to stop at the stop sign ahead.


#8. This hand signal means:

Slowing or stop – left arm extended downward, with palm of hand to the rear.


#9. If you are involved in a traffic crash, you must always:

In the event of an accident you should:

  • Stop immediately.
  • Check for injuries and where practical render reasonable assistance.
  • Call the police and emergency personnel.
  • Exchange name, address, phone, registration and insurance information.

#10. When the driver is less than 18 years of age, an adult car passenger must always wear a safety belt:

The safety belt law requires that a fastened safety belt must be worn by the driver and every front seat passenger. Children between the ages of 8 and 16 must wear safety belts no matter where they sit.

When the driver is under the age of 18, back seat passengers must also wear a safety belts.

Even when the law requires only front seat passengers to wear safety belts, it is still a good idea to encourage everyone to buckle up.


#11. Where is it always illegal to park or stand a vehicle?

It is forbidden to stop or park a vehicle blocking a driveway.


#12. When driving in the right lane of traffic you must always yield to:

Drivers behind a transit bus are required to yield the right-of-way to the bus if the bus, after stopping to allow passengers to board or exit, is signaling to enter a traffic lane and the yield warning sign on the back of the bus is illuminated. These yield signs are a warning to drivers behind transit buses that they are required to yield when the bus is entering a traffic lane.


#13. What does this sign mean?

No Left Turn.

You must not make a left turn at this intersection.


#14. If you encounter an aggressive driver on the road:

To protect yourself from an aggressive driver, do not engage with that driver. Do not attempt to match his or her aggressive act. Avoid eye contact.

Even if you have unintentionally made a mistake that made the other driver angry, back off, give way to the other driver and let the aggressive driver go.

A few seconds engaged with an aggressive driver could change your life, or the lives of the loved ones riding with you, forever.


#15. The alcohol concentration in your blood will be reduced only by:

Once alcohol is in the blood stream, the body gets rid of it through normal bodily processes. In spite of popular opinion, coffee, cold showers, and other so-called cures will not make a person sober. Only the passage of time will make a person sober.

Note: food can slow down the absorption of alcohol, it does not help you sober up.


#16. Driving over a bridge may be dangerous in winter because:

Overpasses, bridges, shaded areas and snow packed portions of the road can be icy even when other pavement is not.


#17. When a school bus is displaying overhead amber warning lights, it tells you:

When a school bus is about to stop and load or unload children, the bus driver activates amber warning lights. The amber warning lights will stay on until the bus door opens.


#18. When entering a freeway, your speed:

When entering a freeway from an on-ramp try to increase your speed to match that of the freeway traffic. High speed roadways generally have acceleration ramps to give you time to build up your speed.


#19. You must always stop at a railroad crossing when:

Never start to cross the tracks until there is enough room for your vehicle to clear the tracks on the other side.


#20. If you become drowsy and tired on a long trip, you should:

If you become drowsy, pull of the road and rest.


#21. Which road signs have a white background?

Regulatory sign tell you of laws and regulations that apply at a location. They are normally black or red on a white background. Failure to obey these signs is a traffic violation.


#22. When must you use your headlights?

Colorado law requires you to drive with your headlights on from sunset to sunrise or when visibility is less than 1,000 feet. A good advice is to turn on your headlights when you turn on your windshield wipers.


#23. If you hold a valid driver's license from another state and become a resident in Colorado, you must get a Colorado driver's license:

Any person who owns or operates a business in Colorado or who has resided within the state continuously for 90 days or who has obtained gainful employment within this state, whichever shall occur first, is considered a Colorado resident and must obtain a Colorado driver’s license.

For special exemptions, please see driver’s handbook.


#24. A center lane marked on both sides by a solid yellow line and a broken yellow line is used for:

Many two-way streets have a center lane marked as a two-way left turn lane. This lane is bordered on either side by two yellow lines – the inner line is broken, the outer line is solid. These lanes are reserved for turning and are used by vehicles traveling in both directions.

You may turn into or from the road using this lane. You may stop in this lane until it is safe to complete the turn. When a street has a shared center turn lane, you may not turn left from any other lane. This lane is not to be used to pass another vehicle.


#25. A solid green signal light means:

A green light means Go.

You may proceed straight through or turn right or left unless a sign prohibits such turns. However, you must yield to any vehicle or pedestrian within the intersection or adjacent crosswalk.

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Facts about Colorado DMV Knowledge Test

What You Should Know
  Number of questions on exam: 25
  Passing score: 80 percent
  Correct answers to pass: 20
  Allotted time to complete test: No limit
  Wait time before retest: 1 day
This Practice Test
  Number of questions on each practice test: 25
  Question pool: 500+
  Each test is random

Practice Tests for Colorado Instruction Permits

All new drivers must get an instruction permit before they are eligible for a Colorado Driver license.

DMV can issue the instruction permit after an applicant passes the vision exam and a written knowledge test.

This practice test prepares you for that knowledge test. It has 25 random questions, just like the real written examination.

Each test is a multiple-choice test and after each question you will get instant feedback. If your answer is incorrect, there will also be a brief explanation to help you look up the corresponding item in the Colorado Driver Handbook.

1   Start by Reading the Colorado Driver Handbook

Colorado Driver Handbook 2020

The latest version of the Colorado Driver Handbook is your best friend when studying for a re-examination or your first instruction permit. Make sure you get a copy from your nearest driver licensing office or download the handbook online .

Answers to exam questions are always taken directly from this booklet.

2   Take Practice Tests to Verify What You Have Learned

After studying the handbook, take many practice tests. They will tell you if you are ready or not for the real knowledge exam.

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Questions are randomly drawn from a larger question bank, which means that no two tests are the same. This set up gives you many chances to practice.

Remember not to use the tests as a replacement for the handbook. You will learn faster if you use both the handbook and the practice tests.

Even if you can miss 5 questions on the real examination and still pass, your best strategy is to aim for a full score when practicing.

Read the question and answer choices all the way through. Don’t jump at the first answer that looks right. Words like “safe”, “slowly”, or “carefully” can easily make you pick the wrong choice.

Some alternatives can also be correct statements by themselves but have nothing to do with what was asked in the question.

Always double check to make sure your answer makes sense.

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3   Give it Time

A common mistake is to start studying for your permit just days before the examination.

Even if some people are good at cramming before a test, your new knowledge is likely to stick. Which can result in more mistakes in traffic.

It is better to start many weeks before the written test and give both the handbook and the practice tests a good deal of time.

Don’t forget Colorado DMV’s purpose with the test! The want to make sure you have studied the handbook and learned the essential driving rules.

How many questions are on the Colorado DMV test

How Many Questions are on the Official Examination?

The official knowledge examination consists of 25 multiple-choice questions.

To pass you must correctly answer at least 20 questions. That is a passing score of 80%.

What is on the Colorado Written Knowledge Test?

The Colorado DMV test questions span from the most common road signs and traffic signals to penalties and license suspensions.

It is impossible to say which exact question a test taker will get since all tests are random. Not two tests are the same.

Some items are, however, always on your test. They include some of the road signs described in the Driver Handbook, effects and dangers of driving impaired, right-of-way rules at intersections, and sharing the road with pedestrians, bicycles, motorcycles, and trucks.

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Is the Colorado Written Exam Hard?

The failure rate in Colorado is about 30%, which means that almost 1 of 3 test takers fails the exam.

Taking many practice tests is one way of improving your chances.

Who Must Take the Colorado Written Test?

  New drivers.

You must always pass the written examination when you apply for a permit and haven’t been licensed before. All new drivers must have a permit prior to applying for a driver’s license.

  Drivers with a revoked or cancelled license.

After revocations and cancellations DMV may require a new license, which means you must go through the full application process again .

Traffic tickets that result in a suspension can also require a new test if DMV has doubts about your ability to drive safely.

The letter of revocation or suspension from Colorado DMV will include all your reinstatement requirements.

  Drivers who let their license expire more than one year.

If you let your driver license (or permit) expire for more than one year, you must also apply for a new license and take all tests again.

  Drivers with a license from a foreign country.

Drivers with a driver license from another country must normally pass both the Colorado written knowledge exam and the road test before they can get a Colorado license. Remember, you must always show proof of legal presence and current Colorado residency to be eligible for Colorado license.

Colorado has, however, agreements with Canada, France, Germany, and the Republic of South Korea. If you apply for a Colorado license and have a driver license from any of these countries, the Department will waive the testing requirements.

If you are 16 years of age or older and have a valid license issued by another U.S. state, territory, or possession, the tests are also waived.

What Happens if You Fail the Examination?

Under normal circumstances you can take a new test the next day.

Driversprep, however, recommends you to wait at least a few days. Try to learn from your mistakes on the test. Which areas did you miss? Read up on them in the handbook.

If you misunderstood any of the Colorado rules of the road, discuss the with a teacher, driving instructor, parent, or friend. Talking about your mistakes makes it easier to remember them the next time.

If you think that we missed anything in our practice tests, let us know by using this form: Contact / Or comment below.

What Happens if You Pass the Examination?

If you pass both the vision exam and the knowledge test, DMV will issue a temporary permit.

With the permit you may practice driving. While driving you must always have the permit in your possession. You must also be accompanied by a person who holds a valid state driver’s license, is at least 21 years, and has signed an affidavit of liability.

If you are under 18 years you must hold the instruction permit for at least 12 months and be at least 16 years before obtaining a driver’s license.

You must also submit a driving log showing 50 hours of driving experience (10 of which must have been at night).

If under 16 years and 6 months, you must complete 6 hours of behind the wheel training with an approved driver education instructor or, under some circumstances, 12 additional hours of driving with your supervising driver.

Adults who are 21 years or older are not required to hold an instruction permit for a specified amount of time before applying for a driver’s license.

Summary of Frequently Asked Questions

The official knowledge examination consists of 25 multiple-choice questions. To pass you must correctly answer at least 20 questions. That is a passing score of 80%.

The official knowledge examination consists of 25 multiple-choice questions. To pass you must correctly answer at least 20 questions. That is a passing score of 80%.

Items on your test on your test include some of the road signs described in the Colorado Driver Handbook, effects and dangers of driving impaired, right-of-way rules at intersections, and sharing the road with pedestrians, bicycles, motorcycles, and trucks.

The failure rate in Colorado is about 30%, which means that almost 1 of 3 test takers fails the exam.

You can apply for an instruction permit when you are at least 15 years old. You must successfully complete 30 hour driver education course and pass the written test before a permit can be issued.

Minors under 18 years must hold an instruction permit for at least 12 months and be at least 16 years before obtaining a driver's license. Adults who are at least 21 years are not required to hold an instruction permit for a specified amount of time.

Colorado DMV offers the written test in English and Spanish only. If you speak any other language you may bring an interpreter.


During the pandemic, appointments are required for all written tests.

Road tests are currently not conducted by DMV. Check with an authorized driving school if they will allow you to take the road test.


Before you visit a branch office for your knowledge test, you must make an appointment .

DMV schedules only customers who are unable to use online services and must visit an office.

These services include applying for your first instruction permit and taking the written knowledge test.

Be sure to check office closures and delays here