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2021 Delaware Permit Practice & DMV License Tests



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#1. Unbalanced tires and low pressure:

Unbalanced tires and low pressure cause faster tire wear, reduce fuel economy, and make the vehicle harder to steer and stop. If the vehicle bounces, the steering wheel shakes, or the vehicle pulls to one side, have a mechanic check it.


#2. What does this sign mean?

Winding road ahead. There are three or more curves ahead. Adjust your speed and avoid passing other vehicles.


#3. 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.


#4. If you are involved in a traffic crash and someone is injured, your first course of action should be:

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.


#5. What does this sign mean?

Traffic signal ahead. This sign warns of traffic signals at the intersection ahead. Slow down. Poor visibility is likely.


#6. What does this sign mean?

The keep left sign tells you to keep left of an obstruction, traffic island or divider. The other two signs indicate that the lane is for left turns only,


#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. Passing another vehicle to the right on an unpaved shoulder is permitted:

You may use the shoulder to pass left-turning vehicles on the right in Delaware. Other drivers will not expect you to be there so extreme care is required.

Remember, you may only pass left-turning vehicles on the right using the shoulder when necessary. You may not pass on the shoulder in any other situation. Passing on the shoulder is prohibited in most states.


#9. With a valid Class D operator's license you may drive a single motor vehicle weighing no more than 26,000 lbs. and:

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.


#10. When you approach a roundabout, you must:

Approach the roundabout as you would a typical four-way intersection. Upon approaching the roundabout, stay to the right of the splitter island and slow down to 10-15 mph. Watch for bicyclists and allow for them to merge into the entry lane. Watch for and yield to pedestrians in the crosswalk. Yield to traffic already in the roundabout.


#11. When driving on slick roads, you should:

As you cannot control a vehicle when it is skidding, it is best not to cause your vehicle to skid in the first place. Skids are caused by drivers traveling too fast for conditions. Slow down as you approach curves and intersections. Avoid fast turns and quick stops. Try to avoid especially slippery areas, such as ice patches, wet leaves, oil, or deep puddles.


#12. If your vehicle breaks down on a highway and you cannot move it off the road:

If your vehicle breaks down on a highway, 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. Try to stop where other drivers have a clear view of your vehicle if you cannot get your vehicle off the roadway. (Do not stop just over a hill or just around a curve.)

Turn on your emergency flashers to show you are having trouble. If you have them, place emergency flares behind the vehicle.


#13. When driving at night on well-lighted streets, 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.


#14. You may not cross a double solid yellow center line:

Pavement markings separating traffic moving in opposite directions are yellow.

A dashed yellow line between opposing lanes of traffic means that you may cross it to pass if it is safe to do so.

Where there is both a solid and a dashed yellow line between opposing lanes of traffic, you may not pass if the solid yellow line is on your side. If the dashed line is on your side, you may pass if it is safe to do so.

Two solid yellow lines between lanes of traffic means neither side can pass. You may cross a solid yellow line to turn into a driveway if it safe to do so.


#15. The posted speed limit on a road is 55 mph. When there is packed snow on this road:

When the road is slippery, the tires do not grip as well as on a dry road. On a wet road you should reduce your speed about 10 mph. On packed snow you should cut your speed in half. On ice, you must slow to a crawl. It is extremely dangerous to drive on ice.


#16. Which is true about alcohol?

Alcohol is a major cause of fatal car accidents. Nationally in 2018, alcohol was involved in about 29% of fatalities. In Delaware, in 2018, 25% of fatal crashes were impaired related. 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.


#17. Why should you slow down and be prepared to stop when following a truck with hazardous load and there is a railroad crossing ahead?

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.


#18. A pavement marking with the letter R on each side of a large X means:

Many highway-rail intersections have roadway surface or pavement markings in advance of the crossing. These markings usually include an X symbol with the letters RR and a stop bar.


#19. During a traffic stop, your vehicle may be searched on-scene:

Your vehicle may be searched on-scene if consent is provided to the officer to do so, if the officer believes he/she has probable cause to do so, or as part of an inventory assessment of a vehicle that is being towed.


#20. The driver in front of you signals (left arm extended, with elbow bent upward, at about a 90-degree angle):

Right turn – left arm extended, with elbow bent upward, at about a 90-degree angle.


#21. A school bus is displaying yellow flashing lights at the top. What does it tell you?

School buses have two overhead alternately flashing yellow lights both front and rear. They will be activated approximately 10 seconds prior to the overhead flashing red lights to warn drivers of approaching vehicles that a stop to load or unload school children is about to be made. Approach a bus flashing these yellow lights with caution and anticipate a stop. Children may be waiting for the bus or may be running to board it.


#22. Which is the background color on a warning sign like this?

General warning signs are usually yellow with black lettering or symbols and most are diamond shaped. These signs warn you to slow down and be prepared to stop if necessary. They warn you that a special situation or a hazard is ahead.


#23. Being tired when driving causes you to:

It takes you more time to make decisions and you do not always make good decisions. You can be more irritable and can get upset more easily.


#24. When a big rig appears to be turning left ahead, you should:

Truck drivers sometimes need to swing wide to the left to safely negotiate a right turn. Cutting in between the commercial vehicle and the curb or shoulder to the right increases the possibility of a crash. When you follow a big rig, look at its turn signals before you start to pass. If the truck appears to be turning left, check the turn signals again, the driver may be turning right but first swinging wide.


#25. When you drink alcohol, it passes into the bloodstream and reaches your brain:

Immediately after an alcoholic beverage is swallowed, the alcohol starts to move from the stomach into the bloodstream. The rate of this movement and how much alcohol gets into the blood depends primarily on how much alcohol is in the drinks taken. The alcohol reaches your brain in 20 to 40 minutes.


#26. If you are being tailgated, you increases the risk of a collision from behind if you:

Every now and then you may find yourself being followed closely or tailgated by another driver. If you are being followed too closely and there is a right lane, move over to the right. If there is no right lane, wait until the road ahead is clear then reduce speed slowly. This will encourage the tailgater to drive around you. Never slow down quickly to discourage a tailgater, all that does is increase your risk of being hit from behind.


#27. When a traffic signal turns green, you:

Green means go, but only if the intersection is clear. Never block an intersection. When it is safe to proceed, you may enter the intersection to go straight ahead or turn unless a sign or additional signal prohibits the turn. You must yield to pedestrians and vehicles already in the intersection or adjacent crosswalk. When you turn, you must be especially careful of pedestrians and oncoming traffic.


#28. What is an important reason for increasing the distance between your car and a large vehicle ahead?

The drivers of trucks, buses, vans, or vehicles pulling campers or trailers may not be able to see you when you are directly behind them. They could stop suddenly without knowing you are there. Large vehicles also block your view of the road ahead. Falling back allows you more room to see ahead and to be seen.


#29. 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.


#30. The penalty for operating an uninsured vehicle is a fine and mandatory suspension of driver license for:

Upon conviction, the penalty for operating an uninsured vehicle is a fine not less than $1,500.00 nor more than $2,000.00 and mandatory suspension of driver license and/or driving privileges for six months. For each subsequent offense occurring within three years of a former offense, the fine shall be not less than $3,000.00 nor more than $4,000.00.

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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.

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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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