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#1. You have a green light and there are vehicles blocking your way in the intersection. What should you do?

This signal means GO. You may go through an intersection in the direction indicated by the signal if the roadway is clear. Check right and left for oncoming traffic.

Remember, do not enter the intersection if the roadway is not clear.


#2. Food in the stomach causes alcohol:

All the alcohol consumed eventually gets into the blood whether you have eaten or not. Food can slow down the absorption of alcohol. Drinking on a full stomach prevents large amounts of alcohol from going to your brain immediately.


#3. When two vehicles meet on a narrow mountain road, which must yield?

You must yield to vehicles going uphill if you are traveling downhill on a narrow road.


#4. A revocation of a driving privilege is the same as:

A revocation is a restraint action that invalidates the driver’s license and revokes the driving privilege.


#5. In which situation are you allowed to pass a school bus?

Remember, under special circumstances, an officer may be directing the flow of traffic. If so, obey the officer’s signals instead of the normal traffic signals or signs.


#6. This eight-sided shape is used for which road signs?

A stop sign has eight sides and is red with white letters. It means you must come to a complete stop. Stop at the marked stop line or, if none, at the point just before the intersecting street. If there is a crosswalk, you must come to a complete stop before entering it. You may proceed only after yielding to all pedestrians and vehicles.


#7. Anti-lock brakes reduce the chances of a skid occurring particularly when:

The ABS system allows you to stop without skidding. Press on the brake pedal as hard as you can and keep pressing on it. Do not let up on the brake pedal.


#8. Unless otherwise posted, what is the speed limit in a business district?

Unless otherwise posted, Colorado speed limits are as follows:

  • 20 mph on narrow, winding mountain highways and blind curves
  • 25 mph in any business district
  • 30 mph in any residence district
  • 40 mph on open mountain highways
  • 45 mph for vehicles in the business of hauling trash
  • 55 mph on urban interstate and highways
  • 65-75 mph on designated rural interstate and highways

#9. A sign with this shape means:

General warning signs are yellow or fluorescent green with black symbols and most are diamond shaped. They may warn you to slow down or be prepared to stop, or may warn you of upcoming intersections, curves, slippery surfaces, merging traffic, etc.


#10. It is illegal to park a vehicle if a fire hydrant is within:

There are several locations where it is forbidden to stop or park a vehicle. Among these are:

  • On a crosswalk, sidewalk, bridge, elevated structure, railroad tracks or any controlled access highway
  • Within 30 feet of a traffic signal, stop sign, railroad crossing or within 15 feet of a fire hydrant
  • Within an intersection, tunnel, runaway truck ramp, on/off ramp or blocking a driveway

#11. 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.


#12. Which pavement marking separates lanes with traffic going in the same direction?

White lines separate lanes of traffic moving in the same direction. Broken white lines mean you may change lanes if it is safe. A solid white line means you should stay within the lane. A solid white line also marks the shoulder of the roadway.


#13. How far ahead should you look when you are driving in the city?

In order to avoid last-minute braking or the need to turn abruptly, you should look down the road at least 10 seconds ahead of your vehicle (City – one block, Open road – one half a mile). By looking well ahead and being ready to stop or change lanes if needed, you can drive more safely, save on fuel, and help keep traffic moving at a steady pace.


#14. What should you do when you see this sign?

Move or merge right. Flashing arrow boards are often used to indicate a detour or crossover. In these cases, lane markings on the road, traffic cones, barrels or barricades will outline the path a vehicle must follow.

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


#15. Red and blue signs in the shape of a shield mark:

This is an example of an Interstate freeway sign.

Blue and red signs indicate that the route is part of the national system of interstate and defense highways. These highways join centers of population and defense establishments. They also join with the major international highways at the Mexican and Canadian borders. They are part of a nationwide network of the most important highways.


#16. A Crossbuck sign at a railroad crossing means:

A Crossbuck sign should be treated the same as a yield sign. If there is more than one track, a sign below the crossbuck indicates the number of tracks at this crossing.


#17. When you see this sign:

Merging Traffic or Merge sign. Vehicles merge onto the roadway on which you are traveling. Be prepared to allow vehicles to enter traffic near you.


#18. When can you drive off the pavement to pass another vehicle on the right?

Never drive on the shoulder of the road. Passing on the shoulder could be seen by a law enforcement officer as aggressive if the officer believes the action is willful and places others in danger.


#19. You must always keep proof of your liability insurance:

Evidence of insurance includes the insurance company, policy number, date of expiration and vehicle covered, and must be in your motor vehicle while in operation.

Should you be stopped by a police officer, if you do not have evidence of insurance in your vehicle and you are not listed in the database as having insurance, your license is subject to confiscation and suspension.


#20. This sign means:

Divided Highway Begins. The road is dividing into two separate roadways by a median or divider. Each roadway is one-way. Stay to the right.

Note the difference between divided highway ends and divided highway begins.


#21. You should use your high-beam headlights:

Use your high beam lights when driving in rural areas and on open highways away from urban and metropolitan areas.


#22. If an oncoming vehicle is drifting head-on into your lane, it is dangerous to:

Never pull into the opposing lane, because the oncoming driver may pull back sharply into that lane. Remember that it is generally better to run off the road than to crash head-on into another vehicle.

This question asked what you should not do.


#23. What is a suitable restraint system for a child under the age of one year?

Children less than one year of age, and less than 20 pounds, must be fastened in a rear-facing child restraint system in a rear seat of the vehicle. Never place an infant in a rear-facing child safety seat in the front seat of a vehicle with a passenger side air bag.


#24. Emotions affect your driving. If overly worried, excited, afraid, or angry, it is a good idea to:

Emotions can have a great effect on safe driving. You may not be able to drive well if you are overly worried, excited, afraid or angry. Keep cool. Do not transfer the anger you may feel from other situations into your driving.


#25. Trucks and buses have:

Trucks and buses have blind spots which are called no-zones. No-zones are the areas around trucks and buses where cars either disappear into blind spots or are so close that they restrict the truck or bus driver’s ability to stop or maneuver safely. Both types greatly increase the potential for a crash. You must know the no-zones.

Remember, the bigger the truck (or bus), the bigger the blind spots.

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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.

  Is it the Same Questions on the Practice Test?

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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.

COVID-19 Alerts

COVID-19 Alerts

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

During your visit you must wear a face mask. You will also be screened with a laser thermometer for fever and must answer a COVID-19 questionnaire.

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.

Colorado DMV COVID-19 FAQ here .

Office closures and delays here

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