District of Columbia DMV Knowledge Test – Quick Facts
|What You Should Know|
|Number of questions on exam:||25 (non-GRAD)|
|Passing score:||80 percent|
|Correct answers to pass:||20 (non-GRAD)|
|Allotted time to complete test:||60 min. (non-GRAD)|
75 min. (GRAD)
|Wait time before retest:||3 days|
|This Practice Test||Number of questions on each practice test:||25|
|Each test is random|
#1. Which lane should you use for a left turn?
A flashing yellow X signal means that a driver is permitted to use the lane for a left turn.
A steady yellow X signal means a driver should move out of the lane as soon as safely possible.
The signals are used to control traffic flow by reversing lanes direction during different hours of the day. The lanes and their directions may be marked with signs and signals.
#2. Which background color is used for signs that give general warning of specific road conditions?
Yellow is used for general warning and advisory of what to expect ahead.
#3. What is a suitable restraint system for a child under the age of one year?
Small children should ride in a rear seat in child safety seats approved for their age and size. Rear-facing infant carriers are the safest way to transport an infant and should be used until the child no longer meets the height or weight limit of the seat.
#4. When driving inside a roundabout, do not:
Do not drive beside or overtake trucks or buses in a roundabout. Large vehicles may have to swing wide on the approach to or within the roundabout.
This question asked what you should not do.
#5. When driving past this sign:
You are going the wrong way. Turn around immediately.
Remember, the wrong way sign is a supplement to the do not enter sign. It is placed along the exit ramp or the one-way roadway farther from the crossroad. It tells you that you have already entered a one-way road and are driving in the wrong direction.
#6. You should always look carefully for motorcycles before you change lanes because:
In collisions with motorcycles, drivers often say that they never saw the motorcycle. Drivers of cars must always be alert for motorcycles, as their size makes them difficult to see. Always remain alert and check your blind spot frequently to make sure that a motorcycle is not passing you.
#7. In which situation are you allowed to overtake a school bus?
You may overtake a school bus if it is in motion and no red lights are flashing.
#8. Which light indicates that you should slow down and proceed with caution at an intersection?
When approaching a flashing yellow traffic signal light you must slow down and proceed with caution.
You do not need to stop for a flashing yellow light.
#9. Proof of financial responsibility is needed:
Insurance must be maintained if the vehicle is registered. Lapse in coverage is subject to fines. Do not cancel insurance until your vehicle tags are surrendered to DMV.
If stopped by MPD while driving a motor vehicle in the District of Columbia, you will be responsible for providing your valid driver license, vehicle registration and proof of insurance. After an accident you must provide insurance information to drivers involved in the accident.
#10. Which of the following is known to put you in danger of being an aggressive driver?
Aggressive driving is often caused by dangerous driving attitudes and selfishness.
#11. Passing another vehicle by driving to the left of the center of a two-lane roadway is dangerous and illegal:
On two-lane highways, you are not allowed to pass when crossing or within 100 feet of a railroad crossing.
#12. What does this sign mean?
This diamond sign warns of pedestrian crossing. Slow down, prepare to stop, if necessary.
#13. Unless otherwise posted, what is the speed limit in a school zone during opening or closing hours?
Speed limit in District of Columbia school zone is 15 mph.
#14. When parking at a railroad crossing, you must keep this following distance from the crossing:
Parking is not allowed within 50 feet of the nearest rail of a railroad crossing.
#15. What does this sign mean?
The stop sign is the only 8-sided sign you will see on the highway. 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.
#16. Under ideal conditions, which method helps you determine a safe following distance between you and the vehicle ahead?
The best way to assure proper following distance is to use the three-to-four second rule. In many situations you may need more following distance to be safe.
Remember, a four-second following distance does not mean that you are able to stop within four seconds.
#17. If you are involved in a minor crash without injuries and you are blocking the flow of traffic, you should:
If possible, move your car away from the line of traffic.
Turn on your emergency flashers to show you are having trouble. Never stand in the roadway.
#18. What is the main cause of car skids?
Skids are mainly caused by drivers traveling too fast for conditions. The best policy is to keep a skid from happening. Slow down to a speed at which you can control the car.
#19. You must turn on your headlights:
By law, you must turn on your headlights one-half hour after sunset and one-half hour before sunrise.
You must turn on your headlights at other times when you cannot see persons or vehicles on the highway clearly at 500 feet or less.
You must also turn on your headlights when the windshield wipers are on.
#20. What does this sign mean?
Divided highway ahead (divided highway begins).
The highway ahead is divided into two one-way roadways. Keep to the right.
#21. If you run off the pavement, you can lose control of your vehicle if you:
Do not try to get back on the roadway until you have the vehicle completely under control. Overcorrecting might throw your vehicle off balance.
This question asked what you should not do.
#22. To back your vehicle safely, it is generally wrong to:
You should not depend on your mirrors.
Turn your head and look back out the rear window.
This question asked what you should NOT do.
#23. When driving on an interstate or other limited access highway it is generally illegal to:
Stopping on the traveled portion of a highway is prohibited. Stopping on the shoulder is permitted only when your car breaks down or in other emergencies.
#24. If you need to pull off the road because of thick fog, you should:
If the fog is so thick you cannot see well, pull completely off the highway, or stop at a rest area, service station or other parking space. Do not continue driving until you can see well.
#25. During the second step of parallel parking you start backing into the parking space and toward the vehicle behind you. Your wheels must be turned:
Back the car slowly while turning the steering wheel sharply to the right.
District of Columbia DMV Sample and Practice Tests
This 25-question sample test addresses the non-grad knowledge test, which includes all questions about road signs, traffic signals, D.C. traffic rules, safe driving, and common courtesy on the road.
The official 30-question GRAD test contains additional questions about the graduated licensing program. If you are under 21 years and must completed the graduated licensing steps, you must pass the 30-question test. You can find an example of this test at Licenseroute.com – DMV Practice Test for Permit or check your knowledge of the D.C. graduated licensing program here
Each Sample Test is Random
Each driver’s license and learner’s permit test at Driver’s prep has 25 random questions drawn from a larger pool of questions. This means that every test is different and that you are likely to see new questions when you restart the test.
After each question, you will get instant feedback. If your answer is incorrect, there is also a brief comment that explains the correct answer. Remember that all answers on the official examination is found in the D.C. Driver’s Manual.
The passing score in District of Columbia is 80 percent, which means you must answer at least 20 of these 25 DMV questions correctly. Aim a little higher when you are studying and preparing for the exam. You have a much better chance of passing the examination, if you can reach a score of 100%.
You Should Always Read the D.C. Driver’s Manual
Studying the D.C. Driver’s Manual is a must for successfully passing the driver knowledge test.
Always start by reading the manual. Then, use these practice tests to check how much you have learned and if you are ready for the real exam or not.
Don’t use the practice tests instead of the manual, even if friends and some less committed websites suggest such a strategy. The best way to learn is to put the rules of the road in a context and not simply try to memorize questions and answers.
Learn more about How to Study for the driver test.
Who Must Pass the District of Columbia Driver’s License Test?
If you never been licensed before, you must always pass the written knowledge test.
In District of Columbia, foreign Nationals with a valid out-of-country or out-of-state driver license must also pass the knowledge examination.
If you have a DC driver license and let it expire for more than 90 days, you must take the knowledge examination again. Should you let your license expire for more than 180 days, you must take and pass both the knowledge test and the road test.
When DMV has revoked your driver’s license and you want it back, you must apply for a new license and take all necessary tests again.
Things to Know about the Knowledge Examination
The driver examination checks your knowledge of traffic laws, road signs, and driving safety rules. The knowledge test will show if you can drive a vehicle in accordance with D.C. law.
The knowledge test consists of several highway signs. The DMV examiner will also check to see if you pay attention to the signs during the driving test. This is why you should learn all common highway signs and know how to act when you see one.
You can take the driver license knowledge examination at any DMV service center. There is no need for and appointment, DMV offers all testing on a walk-in basis. Tests are available in the following languages: Amharic, Arabic, Cantonese, English, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, Thai, and Vietnamese.
If you need help with reading, you can get an audio assisted test. Ask for a headset before you take the exam.
If you fail the official knowledge test, you must wait at least 72 hours (3 days) before you can take it again on the 4th day.
Should you fail your knowledge test six (6) consecutive times, you must wait one year from the date you failed the first test.
You must pay a new testing fee each time you take the knowledge test. So, it is a good idea to try to pass it the first time by preparing well.
If you are under 21 years and follow the graduated licensing steps, the official knowledge test has 30 questions. If you are 21 years or older, the test has 25 questions.
The passing score is 80%. On the GRAD test with 30 questions, you must correctly answer 24 questions. On the 25-question test for applicants over 21 years, you must correctly answer 20 questions.
You must wait at least 3 days and can retake the test on the 4th day.
COVID-19 Safety Information
All Service Centers are operating on an “Appointment Only” basis. this includes knowledge tests and road skills tests.
Customers can schedule an appointment online , or by calling 311 or (202) 737-4404.
All documents expiring on and after March 1 are extended until 45 days after the public health emergency concludes, including:
- driver licenses (renewals and first-time licenses)
- learner permits
- non-driver identification cards (renewals and first-time IDs)
- vehicle registrations (renewals and first-time registrations)
- ticket payments
- ticket adjudication responses
All driver licenses, vehicle registrations, and vehicle inspections scheduled to expire have been granted a waiver without penalty until DC DMV reopens at full operating capacity.