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District of Columbia DMV Knowledge Test – Quick Facts

What You Should Know
  Number of questions on exam: 25 (non-GRAD)
30 (GRAD)
  Passing score: 80 percent
  Correct answers to pass: 20 (non-GRAD)
24 (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
  Question pool: 500+
  Each test is random


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#1. You may be eligible to receive a safe driving point (good point) on your driving record if you drive without obtaining pointable moving violations for:

If you maintain a valid DC driver license for a full calendar year without obtaining pointable moving violations, you may be eligible to receive a Good Point on your driving record.


#2. If the rear of your vehicle starts to skid left, you should:

Do not panic and do not brake. Take your foot off the gas pedal. Steer in the direction of the skid. If your rear wheels start going to the left, turn your front wheels to the left. Once your car regains traction, straighten out your wheels.


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

Make sure it is safe to turn. You must yield to oncoming traffic including bicycles and to pedestrians in crosswalks.


#4. Which is the best advice if you encounter an aggressive driver on the road?

How to protect yourself from aggressive drivers:

  • Get out of the way and let an aggressive driver pass.
  • Do not challenge an aggressive driver.
  • Avoid eye contact.
  • Always be a courteous driver.

#5. To avoid last minute moves, you should:

Concentration is essential for safe driving. Driving is a full-time job. You should be constantly aware of the road and the other vehicles around you.

Keep shifting your eyes from one area of the roadway to another, near and far left and right. Avoid staring straight ahead.


#6. Unless posted otherwise, you can legally park at a railroad crossing, if you keep this distance from the nearest rail:

Parking is not allowed within 50 feet of the nearest rail of a railroad crossing.


#7. Which of the following has always the right-of-way at a railroad crossing?

Trains have the right of way 100 percent of the time, over ambulances, fire engines, cars, the police, and pedestrians.


#8. You approach this road sign. It tells you to be particularly alert and watch for:

Deer crossing. The animal pictured on the sign is common in this area. Watch for this species crossing the road particularly during twilight and night-time hours.


#9. 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.


#10. Which is true about large trucks?

Trucks take longer to stop. A truck traveling at 60 mph takes more than 400 feet to stop.


#11. This sign (red X) means:

You must never drive in a lane under a red X signal.

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.


#12. What does this sign mean?

Stop sign ahead. When you come to this sign, you should slow down and be ready to stop at the stop sign ahead.


#13. Which of the following freeze first when wet?

In winter weather, every stretch of the road may be different depending upon sun, shade, the amount of salting being done and other conditions. Ramps and bridges freeze first before highways and roads. They also dry out last


#14. You approach a HAWK signal with alternating flashing red lights. No pedestrians are in your path. What should you do?

High Intensity Activated Crosswalk (HAWK) is a signal beacon designed to help pedestrians safely cross busy streets. If there is a RED FLASHING LIGHT, proceed with caution. If no pedestrian is present and the intersection is clear, go.


#15. 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 that a red circle with a slash means no. The sign shows you what is not allowed.


#16. A white cloth tied to a radio antenna or a door handle indicates:

If you have an emergency, pull to the side of the road, turn on your emergency flashers, raise your hood, and tie a handkerchief or white cloth to the radio antenna or to the left door handle and/or raise the hood. This will signal an emergency.


#17. What type of road sign is the vertical rectangular shape generally used for?

Vertical rectangular signs are generally used to give instructions or tell you the law. In the horizontal position, the signs may give directions or information.


#18. When a pedestrian in a wheelchair is crossing the street, you must:

Drivers should be especially alert for and yield the right-of-way to pedestrians who are deaf or have physical disabilities that require the use of canes, crutches, walkers, guide dogs/service animals, wheelchairs, or motorized scooters.

You must come to a complete stop when a pedestrian crossing the roadway in a crosswalk is on your half of the roadway or approaching so closely from the other half as to be in danger.


#19. When approaching within 100 feet of a highway intersection on a two-lane highway, you must:

On two-lane highways, you are not allowed to pass when crossing or within 100 feet of an intersection.


#20. When is it wrong to use your horn?

Remember, you may use your horn when it is reasonably necessary to ensure safe operation. Do not use your horn around horses.

It is a traffic offense to scare horses or stampede livestock.

This question asked when you should NOT use your horn.


#21. Wearing earplugs in both ears while driving:

A person may not wear earplugs, a headset, or earphones attached to a radio, tape player, CD player or other audio device while driving a motor vehicle.

Use of earphones or earplugs for cellular phones are acceptable.

Hearing aid devices are also acceptable.


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

If you see a vehicle coming toward you in your lane, pull to the right, slow down, sound your horn, and flash your headlights. Do not turn into the lane the vehicle has left as the other driver may wake up, realize the mistake, and turn back into their proper lane.

Remember, if you have a choice, running your vehicle into a ditch may be preferable to hitting another vehicle head-on.


#23. What does this sign mean?

Cross road. Another road crosses the highway ahead. Be alert for cross traffic and regulatory signs or signals.


#24. A condition known as highway hypnosis is often brought on by:

Highway hypnosis is a condition of drowsiness or unawareness brought on by monotony, the sound of the wind, the tires on the pavement, and the steady hum of the engine. Always stop driving if you feel drowsy.


#25. What does this sign mean?

Workers ahead. This sign warns that There are workers in or near the roadway ahead.

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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 – 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.

You can get a PDF-version of the manual online from or from your local Service office .

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.

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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.

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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.

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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 Alerts

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)
  • inspections
  • 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.


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