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2021 Delaware Permit Practice & DMV License Tests



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#1. All the following is true about alcohol, except:

It is not true that drinking three drinks in one hour has the same effect as three drinks in three hours. Drinking three drinks in one hour will affect you more.

This question asked what is not true (you need to select the statement that is false).


#2. What does this sign mean?

Divided highway ahead. The highway ahead is divided into two one-way roadways. Opposing flows of traffic are separated by a median or other physical barrier.


#3. If you get angry or upset, you should:

If you are angry or excited, give yourself time to cool off. If necessary, take a short walk, but stay off the road until you have calmed down.

Remember, emotions can have a great effect on your driving safely. You may not be able to drive well if you are overly worried, excited, afraid, angry, or depressed.


#4. This is the shape and color of a:

When you come to a stop sign, you must make a complete stop at the stop line. If there is no stop line, stop at the crosswalk. If there is no crosswalk, stop before entering the intersection. Before starting you must yield the right-of-way to any vehicle or pedestrian in or approaching the intersection. Be careful to look for less visible vehicles such as bicycles, mopeds, and motorcycles.


#5. A license applicant over age 18 will be issued a temporary instruction permit. This permit is valid for:

A temporary instruction permit (learner’s permit) is issued to first time applicants over age 18. The learner’s permit will be issued for six months. While you are learning to drive you must be accompanied by a licensed driver who is qualified to drive the class of vehicle in which you are training, and he/she must be at least 21 years of age.


#6. Safety zones are set aside for:

Safety Zone means an area officially set aside within a highway for exclusive use of pedestrians and so marked. You must not drive through a pedestrian safety zone.


#7. Where is it illegal to park a vehicle?

Parking is not allowed in front of a public or private road, driveway, or alley.


#8. What does this sign mean?

No U-Turn.

You cannot make a complete turn to go in the opposite direction where this sign is displayed.

Remember, regulatory signs with a red circle with a red slash over a symbol prohibit certain actions.


#9. If you are involved in a traffic crash and someone is injured, you must always:

If any person is injured or killed, get help. Make sure the police and emergency medical or rescue squad have been called.

Do not move the injured unless they are trapped inside a burning vehicle or other immediate form of danger.


#10. On the times shown, which of the following may use the HOV lane?

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 that there must be at least three people in the vehicle.


#11. When turning in the direction of a green arrow, you must:

A green arrow means go. You must proceed with caution in the direction the arrow points. Remember that you must yield to all pedestrians and vehicles already lawfully in the intersection.

The green arrow allows you to make a protected turn. This means oncoming vehicles, bicyclists, and pedestrians are stopped by a red light if the green arrow is lighted.


#12. Which of the following vehicles must always stop before crossing railroad tracks?

Leave extra room for vehicles required to come to a stop at railroad crossings, including transit buses, school buses, or vehicles carrying hazardous materials. These vehicles must always stop at the railroad crossing.


#13. This road sign means:

This sign is used on two-way roadways in advance of any bridge or culvert that has only one lane. This lane must be shared by traffic from both directions. Temporary traffic signals might be installed, or a flagman stationed to direct and let traffic take turns using the single lane bridge.


#14. Scanning for bicyclists in traffic is important, particularly when you approach:

Intersections are particularly dangerous for both cars and bikes. Make sure that there is sufficient time before turning left or right. Do not pass a cyclist only to turn directly in front of him.

Most crashes involving a motor vehicle and a bicyclist occur at intersections. Always allow bicyclists extra time to cross intersections.


#15. When you see a motorcycle's turn signal flashing:

Do not be fooled by a flashing turn signal. Turn signals are not automatically self-canceling on most motorcycles. At times, the rider may forget to turn the signal off. Before you make a turn in front of a motorcyclist, be sure the rider is turning and not continuing straight ahead into your path with a forgotten turn signal still blinking.


#16. When driving at night in heavy traffic, you should use:

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.


#17. The following are true about large trucks, except:

It is not true that trucks gain speed quicker than cars.

In general, large trucks have longer stopping and starting distances. On an upgrade, a truck often loses speed, so it is easier to pass than a car. On a downgrade, however, the truck’s momentum may cause it to go faster.


#18. Merging onto a high-speed roadway is safest if you:

Do not try to merge into a gap that is too small. A small gap can quickly become even smaller.

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.


#19. Which of the following acts could be driving behaviors related to aggression rather than inexperience?

Aggressive driving is defined in terms of existing Title 21 offenses such as failure to yield, unsafe lane change, disregard of a traffic control device, failure to stop at the command of a police officer, following too closely, passing on a shoulder, and speeding. Individuals convicted of three or more of these offenses as a result of continuous conduct are guilty of aggressive driving and are subject to increased penalties.

Offenders will be fined between $100.00 and $300.00 for the first offense. Additionally, offenders are required to complete a behavioral modification/attitudinal-driving course within 90 days after the conviction for aggressive driving. Failure to attend the course will result in suspension of the individual’s driving privilege.


#20. Which is the background color on a road sign like this?

Motorist service signs usually have white letters on a rectangular blue background. (For example: gas, food, and lodging.))

Blue is also used to identify parking spaces for disabled drivers.


#21. If you run off the pavement, it is usually unsafe and dangerous to:

If your tire drops off the edge of the pavement onto the shoulder, do not try to swerve back onto the pavement because you may lose control of your vehicle.

Grip the steering wheel and ease up on the accelerator. If you brake hard, you may go into a skid. After you have slowed down and are in complete control, look for traffic behind you, signal, and turn gently back onto the pavement.


#22. What does this sign mean?

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


#23. Applying for a Delaware driver's license means you consent to take a test for the alcohol content of your blood, breath, or urine:

Anyone arrested for driving under the influence shall be deemed to have given consent to submit to a test for the purpose of determining the alcohol content in his or her blood.

If the person refuses to submit to the test designated by the officer, reasonable steps can be taken to conduct tests without the person’s consent. Upon such refusal the arresting officer will deliver a report of refusal to the Division of Motor Vehicles who may revoke the person’s driver license and/or driving privilege for one to two years depending on the number of previous DUI offenses, probable cause, and/or chemical test refusal offenses.


#24. An emergency vehicle with activated lights and sirens approaches from behind. You must yield the right-of-way by:

You must yield the right-of-way to a police vehicle, fire engine, ambulance, or other emergency vehicle using a siren, air horn, or a red or blue flashing light. Pull over to the right edge of the road or as near to the right as possible when you see or hear an emergency vehicle approaching from any direction. Follow any instructions given over the emergency vehicle’s loudspeaker. If you are in an intersection, drive through the intersection before you pull over.


#25. You may change lane and pass when the line dividing two lanes is:

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.


#26. To avoid glare from headlights of an approaching car at night:

Do not stare at oncoming headlights. To avoid glare, use quick glances to the right edge of road. Make sure you know the lane position of oncoming vehicles, your own position, and where the right edge of road is. Glance ahead for objects in your path.


#27. You are driving on a busy street and your accelerator sticks. What is the best thing to do?

If your gas pedal sticks and the motor keeps going faster and faster, keep your eyes on the road. Quickly shift to neutral. Pull off the road when you have slowed down and when it is safe to do so. Turn off the engine.

Never turn your vehicle’s ignition to the lock position while it is still in motion. This will cause the steering to lock if you try to turn the steering wheel, and you will lose control of your vehicle.


#28. In which situation is it necessary to always allow extra room in front of your vehicle?

You should allow a four-second or more following distance when you have a heavy load or are pulling a trailer. The extra weight increases your stopping distance.


#29. If your vehicle breaks down on a highway, you should always:

If your vehicle breaks down on a highway, get your vehicle off the road and away from traffic if possible. Always make sure that other drivers can see it. All too often crashes occur because a driver did not see a stalled vehicle until it was too late to stop. Turn on your emergency flashers to show you are having trouble. Place emergency flares behind the vehicle. This allows other drivers to change lanes if necessary. Never stand in the roadway.


#30. When you have been stopped by a police officer, you should:

Turn off the ignition and radio, and stay in your vehicle unless directed by the officer to exit. Do not make sudden moves or search for your driver’s license or vehicle documents. Wait for the officer to give you instructions. If the documents are out of your reach, tell the officer where they are before you reach for them.

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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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