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#1. Which is one factor that greatly affects your stopping distance?

If something is in your path and you need to stop, you need to see it in time to be able to stop. It takes much longer and further to stop than many people think. The process of stopping your car has three main components: perception, reaction, and braking. The first two components can be affected by human factors such as tiredness, alcohol, fatigue, and concentration levels. The last component depends on factors such as: tires, brakes, road, and weather conditions.


#2. What does this sign mean?

This is a yield sign.

Slow down as you approach a yield sign. Look to left and right. Yield to pedestrians and vehicles performing lawful maneuvers or crossing.


#3. Whenever you come to a hill or curve where you cannot see over or around, you must:

You may not know what is on the other side of a hill or just around a curve, even if you have driven the road many times. If a vehicle is stalled on the road just over a hill or around a curve, you must be able to stop. Whenever you come to a hill or curve where you cannot see over or around, adjust your speed so you can stop if necessary.


#4. You should never attempt to overtake a bicyclist:

Be especially careful to look for bicyclists when you are preparing to enter a roadway or to make a turn. Intersections are particularly dangerous for both cars and bikes. You must not try to pass a bicyclist just before making a turn. Merge safely where it is allowed, then turn.


#5. You near an intersection. The traffic light changes from the green to yellow. What would your best action be?

A steady yellow light means caution. The signal is changing from green to red. You should prepare to stop. If you are too close to stop safely, continue through the intersection with care.


#6. Pavement marking with a double solid white line means:

Multiple lanes of travel in the same direction are separated by white lane markings.

A dashed (broken) white line between lanes of traffic means that you may cross it to change lanes if it is safe to do so.

A solid white line between lanes of traffic means that you are discouraged from changing lanes.

Double solid white lines prohibit lane changing.

Solid white lines are also used along the side of the road show you where the outside edge of the travel lane is located.


#7. What does this sign mean?

Side road enters highway from right. Watch out for traffic entering from the side road and oncoming traffic turning.


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

You must always stop before reaching any school bus from either direction when it is stopped to load or unload school children except when you are on the opposite side of a highway having four or more lanes, even then proceed slowly.

The overhead alternately flashing red lights and stop arm will be activated when the bus is stopped to pick up and discharge pupils. You must not proceed until the red lights have stopped flashing, and the stop arm has been retracted, then proceed cautiously.

Remember, you must always obey the directions of the police.


#9. When you approach this sign you should be especially aware of:

Playground area. Numerous children requiring caution.


#10. When following a truck and there is a single-lane construction zone ahead, you should:

When cars cut in too soon after passing, then abruptly slow down, truck drivers are forced to compensate with little time or room to spare. Because it takes longer to pass a large vehicle, you should maintain a consistent speed when passing, and be sure you can see the cab of the truck in your rear-view mirror before pulling in front.

Trying to beat a truck through a single-lane construction zone, for example, removes the truck driver’s cushion of safety and places you in danger.


#11. When it is hard for you to see ahead because of darkness or bad weather, you need to:

When it is hard for you to see ahead because of darkness or bad weather, you need to increase your following distance.


#12. When driving at night, which of the following is a requirement?

Never overdrive your headlights. Keep your speed low enough to be able to stop within the distance you can see ahead.


#13. Before turning left, it is important to:

Check cross traffic and yield to oncoming traffic and pedestrians. Drivers turning left must yield to oncoming vehicles going straight ahead.


#14. Drinking alcohol, even a little:

If you drink alcohol, even a little, your chances of being in a crash are much greater than if you did not drink any alcohol.

Remember, even one drink of alcohol can affect your driving. With two or more drinks in your bloodstream you are impaired and could be arrested.


#15. Any time you merge with other traffic, you:

Anytime you want to merge with other traffic, you need a gap of about four seconds. If you move into the middle of a four second gap, both you and the vehicle that is now behind you have a two second following distance. You need a four-second gap whenever you change lanes, enter a roadway, or when your lane merges with another travel lane.

When it is safe, go back to following the three-second rule.


#16. What should you do when you approach a railroad crossing marked only with a crossbuck sign?

A white, X-shaped sign or crossbuck is located at railroad crossings. This sign has the same meaning as a yield sign. You must yield to crossing trains.

As you approach any railroad crossing, slow down, and look up and down the tracks to make sure a train is not coming. Do not assume that a train is not coming even if you have never seen one at that crossing before. Always expect a train.


#17. You are in an intersection and see an emergency vehicle with flashing lights behind you. What should you do?

If you are in an intersection when you see an emergency vehicle, continue through the intersection and then drive to the right as soon as you can and stop. Never stop in an intersection.


#18. You are driving on an interstate when you suddenly have a flat tire. What should you do?

If a tire suddenly goes flat, hold the steering wheel tightly and keep the vehicle going straight. Slow down gradually. Take your foot off the gas pedal and use the brakes lightly. Do not stop on the road if possible. Pull off the road in a safe place.

Remember, if one of your tires becomes flat or you have a blowout, you might lose control of your vehicle.


#19. With a Class D operator's license it is unlawful to drive:

This class of license includes passenger cars, station wagons, pickup trucks, utility vehicles, and most panel trucks. This type and class of license is valid for any single motor vehicle, and a trailer, with gross vehicle weight ratings (GVWR) not greater than 26,000 pounds, designed to carry less than 16 passengers (including the driver), and not placarded for the purpose of transporting hazardous materials.

You may not tow another vehicle over 10,000 pounds GVWR.


#20. If you come upon a traffic accident where someone is hurt, one of your main priorities should be:

Help anyone who is not already walking and talking. Check for breathing then check for bleeding. Do not move the injured unless they are in a burning vehicle or in other immediate danger of being hit by another vehicle. Keep them lying down.

To help prevent an injured person from going into shock, cover the person with a blanket or coat.


#21. Which is true about sobering up after you have consumed too much alcohol?

There is no way to sober up quickly. Coffee, fresh air, exercise, or cold showers will not help. Time is the only thing that will sober you up.


#22. When you park your car on the same side as an entrance to a fire station, you must keep this distance from the driveway entrance:

It is illegal to park within 20 feet of driveway entrance to any fire station or on opposite side of street within 75 feet of entrance when signs are posted.


#23. When driving in fog, you should:

Use your low beams when following another vehicle or when in heavy traffic. You should also use the low beams in fog or when it is snowing or raining hard. Light from high beams will reflect, causing glare and making it more difficult to see ahead. Some vehicles have fog lights that you also should use under these conditions.

Do not drive at any time with only your parking lights on.


#24. If you are angry or upset with another driver, you should:

Delaware’s Law Enforcement Agencies is out in force to stop and ticket those individuals who carelessly endanger our lives every day. You can assist by:

  • Remaining Calm
  • Not Taking Traffic Problems Personally
  • Avoiding Eye Contact with Aggressive Drivers
  • Not Challenging Them
  • Staying Away from Erratic Drivers

Additionally, you can help make Delaware’s roadways safer by reporting Aggressive Driving with your cellular phone. Get their tag number and report it. Call 911.


#25. What does the pavement marking (diamond symbol) in this lane tell you?

On various roadways, one or more lanes may be reserved for special vehicles. Reserved lanes are marked by double-dashed yellow lines, a diamond symbol, and signs stating that the lane is reserved for special use.

  • Transit or bus means the lane is for bus use only.
  • Bicycle means the lane is reserved for bicycles.
  • HOV stands for High Occupancy Vehicles and indicates lanes reserved for vehicles with more than one person in them. Signs say how many people must be in the vehicle, as well as the days and hours to which it applies. For example, HOV 3 means there must be at least three people in the vehicle.

#26. On the highway, you should look well down the road:

To avoid last-minute braking or the need to turn, you should look well down the road. By looking ahead and being ready to stop or change lanes if needed, you can drive more safely, save fuel, help keep traffic moving at a steady pace, and allow yourself time to better see around your vehicle and alongside the road.


#27. This is:

This is an advisory speed sign. It is the recommended speed for its stretch of highway. Often posted under other warning signs.

Advisory speed signs are posted along portions of highways to warn you that conditions may often make it unsafe to drive faster. Although an advisory speed is not a specific speed limit, if you exceed it and have an accident, it may well be concluded that you violated the general speed restriction and you could be subject to arrest.


#28. You have a green light at an intersection and a blind pedestrian is preparing to cross. Who must yield?

Pedestrians using guide dogs or white canes with or without a red tip must be given the right-of-way at all times. These pedestrians are partially or totally blind.


#29. When you see emergency lights behind you, you should:

When you see emergency lights behind you, stay calm, activate your turn signal, and pull off or to the side of the roadway as soon and safely as possible. When pulling over for an emergency vehicle, movements should be made to the right side of the roadway, whenever possible.


#30. Where will you find a sign with this shape?

Crossbuck signs are found at railroad crossings.

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Delaware DMV Permit Test – Quick Facts

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: 10 days


This Practice Test
  Number of questions on each practice test: 30
  Question pool: 1,000+
  Each test is random

Delaware Class D written knowledge test has 30 multiple-choice questions. You must correctly answer at least 24 questions to pass the test.

The passing score on the Delaware knowledge test is 80 percent, which is slightly higher than it used to be. But don’t let this discourage you. Just remember to read the manual and take many practice tests until you feel comfortable with all questions and answers.

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Delaware Permit and Driver License Practice Tests

This practice test draws 30 random questions from a large database with questions and answers based on the information in the Delaware Driver Manual and official state tests.

After each question, you will see if your answer is correct or not. If your answer is wrong, there is also a short explanation to help you learn faster and look up the corresponding item in the driver’s manual.

Remember that the practice test is a supplement to the manual. It should not be used instead of the manual.

1   Always Start by Reading the Manual

Before taking practice tests for your Learner’s Permit or Operator’s License, we strongly recommend that you familiarize yourself with the contents of the Delaware Driver Manual and read it carefully.

You can pick up a copy of the manual at a DE DMV office or download it online from .

Without a good knowledge about the rules and laws described in the Driver Manual, it is difficult to pass the knowledge exam.

When studying the Delaware manual, you can use the practice tests to verify your progress and identify weak spots.

Don’t attempt the real exam too soon. Aim for a full score on a few practice tests. It gives you a good margin for passing the real knowledge examination.


Is the Delaware DMV Test Hard?

The difficulty is considered moderate. After studying with these free DE DMV practice test questions, we are convinced that you will pass.

Most of our visitors do!

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Who Must Take the Delaware Knowledge Test?

All new drivers who haven’t had a license before must pass the knowledge test.

When you want to get a revoked Delaware driver’s license back, you must apply for a new license. This means you must start all over by taking all tests again, including the written knowledge test.

If your Delaware driver’s license has been suspended, there some suspensions that require a new knowledge test.

When renewing an expired Delaware driver’s license, the examiner may also ask for a new knowledge test.

The written knowledge test is always necessary when you move to Delaware and wish to transfer a driver’s license from a country other than United States, U.S. Territories, Germany, Taiwan (Republic of China) and France.

If you have a valid driver’s license from another state in United States, Germany, Taiwan (Republic of China) and France, DMV will waive the written knowledge test. But if your license has expired, the DMV examiner will usually ask you to take the test.

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What’s on the Delaware Knowledge Test?

On the test, you must identify certain highway signs only by their shape, color, or the symbols appearing on them. You must also understand the meaning of these and other highway signs, traffic signals, and pavement markings.

A second part of the test covers Delaware motor vehicle laws and general safety practices.

You should expect 10 road sign questions and 20 questions about common road rules, traffic laws, and safe driving practices.

There will also be two questions related to traffic stops by a law-enforcement officer, including some of the following:

    Your constitutional and other legal rights during a traffic stop, including rights related to searches and seizures, to remain silent, and to an attorney.

    Laws regarding questioning and detention by a law-enforcement officer.

    The role of a law-enforcement officer in general and during a traffic stop and the procedures a law-enforcement officer must follow during a traffic stop.

    How to interact with a law-enforcement officer during a traffic stop.

    How and where to file a complaint against or compliment on behalf of a law-enforcement officer.

Read more:

  What Should You Do at a Traffic Stop by the Police?

All questions are based on the information in Delaware Driver Manual. You should study this manual carefully. The test will contain questions from all sections of the manual. Make sure you discuss anything which is not perfectly clear with a friend or a parent. It helps you learn faster.

Read more:

  Is it the Same Questions on the Real Test?

What If I Fail the Knowledge Test?

If you fail any part of the driver examination test, you must wait at least 10 days before DMV will let you take the test again. Use this time to prepare yourself even better. Try to remember which questions you missed on the exam and read up on these areas.


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Delaware Graduated Driver License Program

Delaware, like all other states in USA, has adopted The Graduated Driver License (GDL) program. Its purpose is to reduce the high accident and fatality rate among young drivers. In the GDL program, new drivers will get a supervised driving experience and reduced exposure to high-risk driving situations. The way towards a basic Delaware driver license is divided into different steps.

The program is designed for new drivers under 18 years. Participation is optional for any person who is 18 years or older. If opting out of the program, a new driver 18 years or older must pass both the knowledge and road skills exam at DMV.

Delaware Level One Learner’s Permit

Requirements for the Delaware Learner’s Permit:

  Be between 16 years and 18 years old.

You must be at least 16 years old to apply for a level one learner’s permit in Delaware. DMV issues the permit to applicants between 16 and 18 years old, or to applicants up to 22 years if they are part of an Individualized Education Program (IEP).

  Passed a certified Delaware Driver Education Course.

You must pass a certified Delaware Driver Education Course before you apply. Present the Delaware Driver Education Certificate (Blue/White Certificate) as proof.

  Provide necessary documents.

You must show proof of full name, birth date, and social security number. Unless you live at the same address as your sponsor (usually a parent or legal guardian), you must also show two proofs of your address in Delaware.

If you are under 18 years, you must show a document that also has your parent(s) or legal guardian(s) name(s). This means that you should bring a U.S. issued birth certificate in original or a certified copy. In case of legal guardians, bring court documents in original.

Applicants 18 years or older may bring a passport, U.S. Citizen Identification Card, or State/Province/Territory issued photo ID card. See full list .

I addition to documents that prove your identity and birth date, DMV wants your social security number from your Social Security Card, W-2 tax form, SSA 1099 form, or a pay stub with your name and full SSN.

Unless you are a minor that lives with your sponsor, you must also show two proofs of Delaware residency. This can be achieved by bringing utility bills, credit card statements, bank account records, employment records, or rental Agreements etc.

Alien residents must show proof valid proof of legal presence in the United States, such as a Resident Alien Card or Temporary Resident Identification Card. See full list .

  Application must be signed by a sponsor.

A sponsor is normally a parent, legal guardian, or court-appointed custodian. The sponsor must sign the application in the presence of a Division licensing employee.

  Pay the license fee.

The fee for a license application in Delaware is currently $40.00

  Pass a vision test.

COVID-19 Alerts

Delaware COVID-19 Response

  Due to current pandemic, Delaware DMV is now operating at limited capacity until further notice (Check wait times .)

  Wednesday hours will be 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. for the time being (there are no evening hours.)

  There are dedicated opening hours for seniors and vulnerable population from 8:00-9:00 am, Monday through Friday

  All exam appointments are accepted, including knowledge tests. To schedule your test, please visit:

  Do NOT visit Delaware DMV service locations if you are sick. Be prepared to answer health screening questions and for a no-touch temperature screening.

  Remember to wear face coverings during all visits at DE DMV

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