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#1. A center lane with yellow pavement markings on both sides is:

On many streets where it is difficult to safely make a left turn, there is a shared left turn lane located in the middle of the roadway. The solid yellow center line means you cannot use the center lane for passing. The broken yellow center lines show that vehicles traveling in either direction may use the center lane only to make left turns. Louisiana law prohibits traveling in this lane for more than 200 feet. Do not move into the lane too soon.

If a two-way left turn lane has been provided, do not make a left turn from any other lane.


#2. This sign tells you that:

Hospital is a word message sign or an H symbol sign. Remember, blue and white signs direct you to services, such as gas, food, motels, and hospitals.


#3. Which is the most common crash between cars and motorcycles?

Motorcyclists are more vulnerable to injury than a car driver if involved in an accident. Research shows that over two-thirds of the car/motorcycle accidents are the results of a car driver turning in front of a motorcyclist.


#4. When passing a bicyclist, Louisiana law says you may pass:

Remember, a three-foot distance must be present between the passing automobile and slower traveling bicyclists. Give bicyclists the entire lane when they are passing parked cars. They need the space to avoid opening doors.


#5. If your car starts to skid due to wet or icy conditions, it is generally wrong to:

You should not brake hard.

Different types of braking and steering systems and vehicles with 4-wheel drive or front-wheel drive respond in different ways. If your car begins to skid due to wet or icy conditions let off the gas. Do not brake. Simply look and steer in the direction you want to go. Be prepared to counter steer after making the initial steering corrections.

This question asked what you should not do.


#6. To avoid striking a deer on the road, you should:

Use caution and be alert when driving on roadways marked with deer crossing signs. Be especially alert when driving at dawn and dusk and between the months of October through December. Slow down and use caution when approaching animals that are standing near the roadway.


#7. Green road signs that give directions and information are usually:

Horizontal rectangles are generally used to give directions or information.

When vertical, signs are generally used to give instructions or tell you the law.


#8. To avoid glare from high-beam headlights of an approaching car:

The glare of oncoming headlights can reduce your vision to near zero. If a stubborn driver refuses to dim the lights, look to the right edge of the road as a guide and slow down.


#9. According to Louisiana's Move It, Move It, Move It - Steer It Clear campaign, it is your responsibility to:

Louisiana’s Move It, Move It, Move It – Steer It Clear campaign is an attempt to make you aware of your responsibility to remove vehicles from the roadway to the nearest soft shoulder. Removal of vehicles from the roadway will play a great role in reducing traffic congestion and reduce the chances of secondary crashes.


#10. When you park headed uphill and there is a curb, you should turn your front wheels:

Headed uphill, turn your front wheels away from the curb (toward the travel lane) and let your vehicle roll back a few inches. The curb will stop the car from rolling anywhere.

Remember, when you park on a hill, the general rule is to turn your wheels sharply towards the side of the road or curb. This way, if your vehicle starts to roll downhill, it will roll away from traffic. However, when headed uphill at a curb, you should turn the front wheels in the opposite direction, away from the curb and towards the road.


#11. Louisiana law prohibits any driver from using a cell or mobile phone while driving.

There is no handheld cell phone prohibition for drivers except that school bus drivers and novice drivers in Louisiana.

Using a wireless or cellular communication device while operating a motor vehicle if the driver holds a Class E learners or intermediate operator’s license, or is under the age of 18, or has been issued a first-time operator’s license that is within one year from the original issue date, excluding out of state transfers. This is a violation for which your driving privileges will be suspended.


#12. 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.


#13. This sign means you:

This sign tells you that a left turn is permitted when you face a green signal, but you must yield to oncoming traffic.


#14. To be safe, car tires must have a minimum tread depth of:

Check your tires and air pressure often. Remember, it is not safe to drive on tires with less than 1/16 inch of tread.

Good tire tread helps water escape quickly through the grooves and helps prevent hydroplaning. Worn or bald tires can increase your stopping distance and make turning more difficult when the road is wet. Worn tires also increase the chance of having a flat tire.


#15. On which side should you pass a vertical panel like this?

The diagonal stripes on the barricade or vertical panel guide the driver toward the direction in which traffic is to pass. Stripes sloping downward to the right mean the driver should bear to the right. Conversely, stripes sloping downward to the left mean bear to the left.


#16. As a defensive driver you should:

Do not rely on traffic signals or signs to keep others from crossing in front of you. Some drivers may not obey traffic signals or signs. At an intersection, look to the left and right, even if other traffic has a red light or a stop sign.


#17. Emotions affect your driving. If you feel angry, excited, or upset, you should:

If you are worried, nervous, angry, frustrated, or depressed, take time to cool off or let someone else drive. You may become impulsive and aggressive and take risks you normally would not take. You should avoid driving when you are not emotionally prepared to handle the additional stress that driving can cause.

Remember, any stress situation can affect your driving. Even mild emotional feelings can affect your driving ability. Emotions are hard to control and they can make you temporarily accident prone.


#18. Rear-end collisions are usually caused by:

Rear-end crashes usually occur because of drivers following too closely. If your rear-view mirror shows another vehicle is too close to you, realize you are dealing with an unsafe driver. You should still keep a safe following distance behind the vehicle ahead.


#19. What should you do when you approach a railroad crossing and see a vehicle with this sign ahead?

Watch for vehicles that must stop at railroad crossings. Drivers of vehicles carrying passengers for hire, school buses or trucks, or any vehicle carrying explosives or flammable liquids must stop at railroad crossings. Do not pass them unless it is legal to do so and there are no unsafe conditions. You should have a clear view of the tracks.

Remember, if you are following this type of vehicle you should slow down and be prepared to stop.


#20. When being stopped by a law enforcement officer:

If an officer signals for you to stop, remain calm and pull over safely. Be prepared to produce your driver’s license, vehicle registration certificate, and proof of insurance. Remain in the vehicle unless the officer tells you otherwise. Keep your hands visible.

Remember, to limit the movements of the driver and passengers while stopping your vehicle. Obtain your driver license and vehicle registration only when requested. If you believe the reason for the stop is vague or unclear, you can ask the officer for details. Do not argue with the officer at the scene. Traffic violations and traffic crimes charged against you are decided in court. Treat the officer the way you would like to be treated.


#21. You approach this sign. What should you expect ahead?

Cross road. A road crosses the main highway ahead. Look to the left and right for other traffic.


#22. When may you drive faster than a maximum speed limit?

The General Speed Law is that you must not drive at a speed greater than is reasonable.

Remember, you must drive at a safe, appropriate speed depending on the area in which you are driving, the road and traffic conditions, light, and weather conditions.

  • You must not drive faster than the posted maximum limit.
  • You must not drive slower than the posted minimum limit.
  • While driving within the posted speed limit, you must not drive so slowly that you hold back other traffic.

#23. If you have a state driver's license and move, you must report your new address within:

Louisiana law requires you to correct the address on your license within 10 days after a move. Please visit your local motor vehicle office to have the corrected license issued at no charge. Failure to change your address may result in a violation if you are stopped by law enforcement.


#24. If a traffic signal light is not working, you must:

If a traffic light is not functioning at an intersection, rules for a 4-way stop will apply. Come to a complete stop before entering the intersection and then proceed when the roadway is clear. If two vehicles arrive at the intersection at about the same time, both must stop and the driver of the vehicle on the left must yield the right-of-way to the driver on the right.


#25. Alcohol is generally categorized as:

There are several things you should remember about alcohol. Alcohol is a depressant, not a stimulant. It has anesthetic effects on the brain which goes to sleep. It slows normal reflexes, interferes with judgment, reduces alertness, and impairs vision. If you feel stimulated after drinking, it is simply because your inhibitions are lowered, causing loss of caution and self-control.

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Facts about Louisiana OMV Knowledge Examination

LA Knowledge Test for Permit and Driver’s License
  Number of questions on exam: 40 questions
  Passing score: 80 percent
  Correct answers to pass: 32
  Allotted time to complete test: No limit
  Wait time before retest: None (but no more than 2 tests the same day)

Permit Practice Tests for Louisiana

Each permit practice test at has 25 random questions to help you study for your Temporary Instructional Permit or Adult Louisiana Driver’s License.

All questions and answers are based on the information in the Louisiana Class D & E Driver’s Guide and exam questions.

After each question on the practice test you will get instant feedback. It tells you if your answer is correct or not.

Should you miss a question, there is also a short comment explaining the correct answer. Use the information to look up more facts in the Driver’s Guide. Working with both these practice tests and the Louisiana Driver’s Guide will help you learn faster.

Louisiana OMV

The Real Written Knowledge Test for Your Permit

The written knowledge test in Louisiana has 40 questions. You must reach a score of at least 80% to pass. This means you can only miss 8 out of the 40 questions.

The test has many questions about common road signs and the meaning of traffic light signals.

In addition to knowing the meaning of some road signs, you must also be able to identify signs by their shape and color .

There are also questions about your responsibility as a driver, including knowledge of Louisiana vehicle laws, safe driving practices, and impaired driving.

All new drivers, regardless of age, must complete a driver education or pre-licensing course before Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles (OMV) issues a permit or adult driver’s license.

These courses are offered by driver education providers who are licensed by the LA Department of Public Safety and some secondary schools. You complete the knowledge test as part of these courses.

Wait time before a re-test is at the discretion of the examiner.

Drivers with an out of country license must also show proof of a driver education training. Drivers with a valid license from Canada, Germany, Switzerland, and Taiwan are exempt from the driver education training requirement, knowledge and road skills tests but are required to pass the vision test.

How to Study for Your Permit or License

If you haven’t done so already, get a copy of the Driver’s Guide online , your third-party education provider, or from your nearest Office of Motor Vehicles (OMV) .

OMV recommends that you read through the Driver’s Guide at least three times. They also tell you to focus on memorizing numeric information in the guide like lengths, distances, measurements, etc.

Check your knowledge of some important numbers here

Even if we acknowledge that numbers can be hard to remember, we still think that your main priority should be to focus on true understanding of traffic signs and signals, pavement markings, right-of-way rules, and safe driving practices. Such knowledge will help more on the knowledge test and on the road when you finally get your Temporary Permit and Driver’s License.

After all, learning the rules of the road is all about your safety once you hit the highway.

Read more about our study tips: Ace the DMV Test .

When you are comfortable with your understanding of Louisiana rules of the road, you will also find that most numbers make more sense and, hopefully, are easy to remember.

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Who Must Take the Louisiana Knowledge Test?

  All first-time applicants.

Anyone who hasn’t been licensed before must pass the Louisiana knowledge test to get a Learner’s Permit.

  Holders of a Louisiana license that has been expired more than 12 months.

If you hold a driver’s license from Louisiana or another state and let it expire more than 12 months, you must start over and take all tests again.

If your license has been expired for 12 months or less, you don’t have to take the test.

  Holders of a foreign license.

If you have an out-of-country license you must successfully pass a driver education course, the knowledge exam, and the behind-the-wheel test, before you can get a Louisiana license.

Applicants with a driver’s license from Canada, Germany, Switzerland, and Taiwan are exempt from the knowledge exam and road skills test.

  Drivers who have had their license revoked.

A revocation of your license means your license is cancelled and there is no automatic reinstatement procedure. You must submit to an investigation before you can apply for a new license.

If You Have an Out-of-state License

Applicants with an out-of-state license don’t have to take the knowledge or skills test, unless they let their license expire for more than 12 months. They must, however, pass a new vision test and have your photo taken.

Before You Can Take the Test

To apply for a Louisiana permit, you must:

  • Show proof of residency
  • Have proof of legal presence in United States, if applicable
  • Meet minimum physical and mental requirements
  • Provide current proof of school enrollment if you are a minor
  • Have completed a driver education training course
  • Pass a vision and knowledge test

Anyone applying for their first driver’s license must complete a driver education training course. This applies to both teenagers and adults.

Since 2018, OMV will issue a Temporary Instructional Permit (TIP) after your license application is registered.

You must present this temporary permit to an enrolled driver education provider before they will give a knowledge test, let you drive during a driving skills instruction, or take an on-road driving skills test. Always keep this TIP in your possession when driving.

If you are at least 15 years old and less than 17 years, you must complete 30 hours of classroom instruction and 8 hours of behind-the-wheel driving instruction.

If you are 17 years or older and haven’t entered the graduated licensing program, you must complete a 38-hour education course or a 6-hour pre-licensing course and an 8-hour behind-the-wheel course.

What is the Graduated Licensing Program?

The Louisiana Graduated Driver Licensing Program (GDL) has three steps:

1   The Learner’s Permit

After completion of the driver education course and after you have passed pass a vision and knowledge test, OMV will convert your TIP to a Learner’s Permit.

The Learner’s Permit allows you to practice driving with a licensed parent, guardian, or adult at least 21 years. You may also drive with a licensed sibling who is at least 18 years.

During this step you must practice driving for a minimum of 50 hours, with at least 15 hours at night.

If you are at least 15 years and under 16 years, you must hold your permit for a minimum of 180 days AND until you are 16 years.

If you are at least 16 years and under 17 years, you must hold your permit for a minimum of 180 days AND until you are 17 years.

When you are 17 years, you may apply for either a learner’s permit or full license.

2   The Intermediate License

An intermediate license is the next step in Louisiana’s GDL program. With the intermediate driver’s license you can drive unsupervised under certain restrictions.

To get an intermediate license, you must present a verified log showing at least 50 hours of driving practice with a licensed adult driver. You must also pass a road skills test, also known as a behind-the-wheel test.

The license comes with a night curfew and a passenger restriction.

  No driving between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m.

You may only drive at night if accompanied by a licensed adult at least 21 years or a sibling at least 18 years.

  No more than one passenger under 21 years between 6:00 p.m. and 5 a.m.

Between 6:00 p.m. and 5 a.m. you cannot transport more than one passenger who is under 21 years and not a member of your immediate family.

  All passengers must wear a seat belt.

  No handheld cellphone while driving.

The restriction doesn’t apply to any calls made to report an emergency or criminal activity.

3   The Full License

If you have entered the GDL program (step 1 and 2), you must hold your intermediate license until you turn 17.

At age 17, you are eligible for a full unrestricted license.

If you are 17 years and haven’t completed the GDL program you may apply for a full license or a learner’s permit after completing the full driver’s education course OR a pre-licensing course.

Where do I take the Test?

The knowledge and skills tests are normally administered by the driver education provider. Only teenagers that get their driver education course from a secondary school that does not provide the knowledge or skills test may request OMV to provide the testing.


Can I Take the Test in Another Language?

Unlike many other states, Louisiana does not offer the knowledge test in any other language besides English. You may, however, have an interpreter to translate for you during the examination process.

You may request an oral test, but make sure you check with your education provider or your OMV service office.

What Happens if I Fail the Louisiana Test?

If you fail the test, you can take the test again the same day. You may, however, be placed back in rotation to await your turn at a service office or third-party provider. You can only re-test once per day.

Any attempt to cheat on the test will result in a discontinued and failed test. After cheating, you must wait a minimum of 30 days before you can try again.

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