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  Number of questions on each practice test:25
  Question pool:500+
  This practice test is NOT timed



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#1. A combination of these two signs means:

School Crossing ahead. Slow down. Watch out for children crossing the street or playing. Be ready to stop. Obey signals from any crossing guards.


#2. When there is an oncoming car to your left and a child on a bicycle to your right on a two-way road, you should:

As you approach a bicyclist, slow down. Avoid honking your horn. Bicyclists can usually hear an approaching vehicle and loud noises can startle bicyclists, causing a crash. Pass a bicyclist as you would any slowly moving vehicle. Be prepared to slow down, wait until oncoming traffic is clear and then allow at least 3 feet of clearance between your car and the bicyclist when passing.


#3. When you park and leave your car, you must:

Set your parking brake when you park. Place the vehicle in gear if it has a manual transmission or in park if it has an automatic transmission. Turn off ignition and take the ignition keys with you. It is a good habit to lock the doors whenever you leave your vehicle.


#4. When being passed by another vehicle, you must:

When being passed by another vehicle, you must yield to the other vehicle and not increase your speed.


#5. If your car starts to skid, what is the most common cause?

Skids are caused by drivers traveling too fast for conditions. The best way to prevent skids or hydroplaning is to keep your speed down, avoid fast turns and quick stops, and have good tire tread.


#6. If you are involved in a traffic crash, you must:

If you are involved in a crash where someone has been injured, you must immediately stop at the scene of the crash and call 911 to get help with police, fire, and ambulance. Identify the number of people involved, the type of injury and the location of the crash. Do not move the vehicles.

Do not move the injured unless they are in a burning vehicle or in immediate danger of being hit by another vehicle. Moving a person can make injuries worse.


#7. A posted speed limit like this is:

You must comply with speed limits. You may drive slower than the posted speed limit, but it is illegal to drive any faster than the posted speed limit.


#8. What is true about a center left turn lane?

Enter the two-way left turn lane just before you want to make the turn. If you enter too soon, you may interfere with another driver’s use of the lane.

This lane is not a regular traffic lane or a passing lane. If a two-way left turn lane has been provided, do not make a left turn from any other lane.

The lane should also be used for U-turns when they are permitted.


#9. Which is true about Anti-Lock Brakes (ABS)?

When the ABS engages, you may hear a rumble from the brakes and the brake pedal will vibrate under your foot. Do not let up on the brake pedal. The ABS system will only work with the brake pedal pushed down.


#10. When must you use your headlights?

Knowing when and how to use your headlights is critical for safe driving.

When driving, you must turn on your headlights anytime there is not enough light to clearly see at least 1,000 feet ahead of your vehicle. Key times to use headlights are nighttime, foggy conditions and stormy weather. Maryland law requires that you turn on your headlights when you are using your windshield wipers in inclement weather.


#11. When following a large truck that blocks your view ahead, you should:

A minimum following distance of 3 to 4 seconds is recommended under ideal driving conditions. However, when following drivers who cannot see you, you may need more following distance to be safe. Unlike cars, trucks and buses have huge no zones directly behind them. The truck or bus driver cannot see your car back there. If the truck or bus brakes suddenly, you have no place to go. Falling back also allows you more room to see ahead.


#12. Which lane should you use if traveling straight ahead?

Lane use signals are used to control traffic flow by reversing a lane’s direction during different hours of the day.

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

You are permitted to drive in a lane under a green arrow signal.

A steady yellow X signal means a driver should move out of the lane as soon as safely possible.

A flashing yellow X signal or two-way left turn arrows mean that a driver is permitted to use the lane for a left turn.


#13. What is true about drugs and driving?

Illegal drugs, (marijuana, heroin, etc.), prescription medications (i.e. codeine), and chemical inhalants can severely impact a person’s ability to safely operate a motor vehicle. Drugs have serious harmful effects on the skills required to drive safely, like alertness, concentration, coordination, and reaction time. All drugs can make it difficult to judge distances and react to signals and sounds on the road.

Remember, using prescription drugs can also impair your ability to drive.

It is important to pay close attention to both prescription and over the counter drug label warnings, which instruct individuals to avoid using certain drugs when operating a motor vehicle or heavy machinery. Disregarding this recommendation can lead to criminal penalties should your ability to safely operate a vehicle be impaired.


#14. You can legally drive in a carpool lane if you are:

High Occupancy Vehicles. An HOV lane is a special lane used only for carpools, buses, motorcycles, or decaled low-emission vehicles. You may use a carpool/HOV lane or on-ramp if your vehicle carries the posted minimum number of people required for the carpool lane (three in this case), or you drive a low-emission vehicle displaying a special DMV issued decal.


#15. When you see this sign, you should:

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


#16. When driving in a construction zone:

Expect the unexpected. Work zone conditions change constantly – be ready to react.


#17. Orange road signs give:

Orange is used for construction and maintenance warning. The signs are usually diamond shaped. They notify drivers of unusual or potentially dangerous conditions near work areas.


#18. When making a left turn, you should:

Plan your turn before reaching the turning point. Activate your turn signal in advance to alert other drivers. Look behind and to both sides to ensure it is safe to proceed before making a turn. Adjust your speed for the turn.


#19. When approaching a stopped emergency vehicle with activated lights on a two-way two-lane roadway, you must:

If you are approaching an emergency vehicle that is using its visual signals and is stopped on a roadway, you must pull into the far lane, if possible, or slow down to a safe speed for the conditions.


#20. A driver's license is:

A driver’s license is a privilege and comes with responsibilities. Your license may be withdrawn by suspension, revocation, or cancellation.


#21. What is the most important driving technique when driving on icy or snowy roads?

The most important driving technique is to reduce speed and increase your following distance.

No precaution makes it safe for you to drive on ice or snow-covered roadways at normal speeds. Start braking early and avoid slamming on the brakes. Avoid sharp steering or changing speed quickly. Do not use cruise control.


#22. When a traffic signal is showing a steady green arrow, you:

Proceed with caution in the direction the arrow points. There should be no on-coming or crossing traffic while the arrow is green. This is known as a protected turn. You must yield to all pedestrians and vehicles already in the intersection.

Remember, it does not mean that all other traffic is stopped by a red light.


#23. You are following a school bus and there is a railroad crossing ahead. You must slow down and be prepared to stop because the bus:

Be alert for vehicles that may be stopping before railroad crossings. School buses, commercial buses and trucks carrying hazardous materials must stop before every highway-rail crossing.


#24. When entering a highway from a private road, you must:

You must yield the right-of-way to drivers on a public highway if you are entering the highway from a driveway or a private road. You must also yield to pedestrians and bicyclists crossing your path.


#25. When displayed on the rear of a vehicle, the sign shown indicates:

You may encounter slow moving vehicles on the roadways, including bicycles, horse-drawn vehicles, and farm vehicles. Some of these vehicles may have the slow-moving emblem on the back of the vehicle to help warn you they are only going 25 mph or less.

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Facts about Your Maryland MVA Knowledge Examination

Maryland MVA Knowledge Test for Learner’s Permit and Driver’s License
  Number of questions on exam:25
  Passing score:88 percent
  Correct answers to pass:22
  Allotted time to complete test:20 minutes
  Wait time before retest:1 day (1st failure)
7 days (after 2 or more failures)

Free Permit Practice Tests for a Maryland Driver’s License

Each permit practice test has 25 questions based on the Driver’s Manual and real MVA tests.

After answering a question, you will get instant feedback and a brief explanation if your answer is wrong.

Whenever you miss a question on the practice test, make a note of it and look up the information in the driver’s manual. Make sure you fully understand the correct answer and why you got it wrong.

MVA Driver Manual

Test Preparations Step by Step

1   Get the Driver’s Manual.

When you prepare for your first learner’s permit or full driver’s license, always start by reading the driver’s manual. You can get a copy from your local MVA office or download it online.

Don’t get a copy from a friend or parent. Always make sure you have the latest version. Rules and information in the manual change over time.

2   Take the practice tests.

After reading the manual, you should have a good understanding of Maryland’s rules of the road, common road signs and signals, and how alcohol and drugs affect your driving.

Use the practice tests to verify your knowledge and if you are ready for the real exam or not. With a bank of more than 500 questions, you will get plenty of practice and cover all aspects of the exam.

Don’t attempt the real test too soon. It is a good idea to get all questions right when you use the practice tests. If you do, you are more likely to pass the real exam.

Read more about risky study tactics .

3   Interact with others.

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Discussing road rules and safe driving with a parent, teacher, driving instructor, or a friend also helps you prepare. Don’t be afraid to ask questions.


Who Must Take the Maryland Knowledge Test?

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 All first-time applicants

All new drivers applying for their first Maryland learner’s permit or driver’s license must take and pass the written knowledge exam.

 A driver who had their license revoked

A license means that MVA takes away your driving privilege and it is not automatically reinstated. A revocation means that there is a minimum waiting period before you can re-apply for a license. To get a new license you must pass all tests.

 A driver who let their license expire

When you wish to renew your driver license, you must take the written test if your license is expired for more than one year. If your license expired less than a year ago, new tests are not required.

 Applicants with an out-of-country license

Drivers with an out-of-country license must, in general, pass all examinations, including the knowledge test.

There are exceptions for drivers with a driver’s license from France, Republic of Korea, Germany, Taiwan (Republic of China), and Japan.

The license should be valid, but MVA accepts if a license from France or Japan has been expired for less than one year .

All drivers must, however, pass the vision test.

The Maryland Knowledge Test is Waived

If you hold a driver’s license from another state, Territories of the United States, or Canada, the knowledge test and the practical driving test are normally waived.

What You Need to Know about the Knowledge Testing

The Maryland knowledge test for a noncommercial Class C driver license has 25 questions. You need to correctly answer 22 questions. That is a passing score of 88%, which is higher than in other states . Make sure you prepare well.

The Maryland MVA test is timed. You have 20 minutes to complete the knowledge test. It may not seem much, but 20 minutes is usually more than enough. You still have time to read questions and answer choices all the way through.

Don’t be lured into answering questions too quickly. Remember to read everything carefully before you pick your answer.

Knowledge tests are administered on a computer and are available in English and the following languages:



You can use foreign language interpreters for other languages but MVA does not pay the interpreter fee.

If you are uncomfortable with computers, you may be offered a test on paper. Make sure you ask for it in advance.

If you need an oral test, you must always make an appointment and let MVA know your special needs.

Don’t try to cheat on the test. All electronic devices must be turned off and put away during the test. This includes cell phones, tablets, and MP3 players. Don’t bring papers, notes, or books into the testing area.

Should you fail the test the first time, you can take it again the next business day if the branch office has a test appointment available.

If you fail the test a second time, you must wait a minimum of seven days, before you can retake it.

What is the Maryland Graduated Driver Licensing System?

The Maryland Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) system is a three-step program to let new drivers gradually gain experience while limiting risks that can contribute to crashes. In this program, a teen driver progress through three levels of licensing:

    Step one: the learner’s permit
    Step two: the provisional license
    Step three: the full, unrestricted driver’s license

MVA often refers to this program as the Rookie Driver Program.

Step One: The Learner’s Permit

Supervised driving

The purpose of the learner’s permit is to allow new drivers practice driving under supervision of a licensed driver and gradually develop driving skills and gain experience.

In Maryland, all new drivers must start with a learner’s permit before they can get a provisional license. The period they must hold the permit varies by age, from 45 days (25 years and older) to 9 months (under 18 years).


  Minimum age 15 years and 9 months.

MVA cannot issue a learner’s permit before you turn 15 years and 9 months.

  School Attendance Certificate if under 16 years.

If you are under 16 years, you must provide a completed Learner’s Permit School Attendance Certification form (DL-300 ).

  Parental approval if under 18 years.

If you are under 18 years, a parent or legal guardian must co-sign your application.

  Pass vision screening and knowledge test.

Before MVA issues the learner’s permit, you must pass a vision screening and the written knowledge test.

Restrictions on the learner’s permit:

  Supervised driving only.

A learner’s permit does not allow you to drive alone.

Whenever you practice driving, you must drive under supervision of an experienced, licensed driver who is 21 years or older and has held a driver’s license for at least three years.

The supervising driver must sit beside you in the front seat. No one else can sit in the front seat.

There are no other passenger restrictions and no night curfew.

  No use of cell phones.

Learner’s permit holders under 18 years cannot use a cell phone or any other Bluetooth/hands-free devices while operating a motor vehicle, except to make an emergency 911 call.

  Permit is valid for 2 years.

Learner’s permits are valid for 2 years from the date they are issued. You must always have the permit in your possession when you drive.

Step Two: The Provisional License

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You are now ready to drive on your own, without a supervising driver.


  Minimum age 16 years and 6 months

A minor under 19 years must generally hold the learner’s permit for at least 9 months and, consequently, be at least 16 years and 6 months before MVA issues a provisional license.

  Had a permit for a violation-free minimum period

For a minor, the normal holding period is 9 months. If you are 18 years old with a High School Diploma or its equivalent, you need to hold the permit for only three (3) months.

A three-month holding period also applies if you are between 19 and 24 years old.

If you are 25 years or older, the holding period is 45 days.

If you have been convicted of, or granted probation before judgement for, a moving violation, the holding period is always 9 months.

  Completed at least 60 hours of driving experience.

When you got your learner’s permit, you also got a practice skills log. Your supervising driver (parent, guardian, or mentor) must complete the practice skills log and the certification page must be provided when you apply for the provisional license. The log must show at least 60 hours of driving practice, of which 10 must be at night. If you are 25 years or older, the log must show 14 hours of practice with experienced driver, of which 3 hours must be at night.

  Completed driver education course.

You must also have completed a driver education course including 30 hours of in-class and six hours of behind-the-wheel instruction. You can enroll in this course already at age 15.

Out-of-state education certificates are not typically accepted by the MVA. Exception exist for Delaware driver education courses.

  Pass the driving skills (road) test.

All requirements mentioned above must be fulfilled before you can take the road test.

Restrictions on the Maryland provisional license:

If you are under 18 years, the MD provisional license carries four restrictions .

  1. Night curfew between midnight and 5 a.m.

If you hold a provisional license and are under 18 years, you cannot drive between midnight and 5 a.m., unless you are:

    accompanied and supervised by a licensed driver who is at least 21 years old,
    driving to or from work, or driving in the course an employment,
    driving to or from a school class or official school activity,
    driving to or from an organized volunteer program, or
    driving to or from an opportunity to participate in an athletic event or related training session.

The curfew restriction is lifted when you turn 18.

  2. Passenger restrictions

You are not allowed to have passengers under 18 years during the first 5 months (151 days) of the provisional period. This restriction does not apply if passengers are immediate family members or relatives living at the same address, or if you are accompanied by a qualified supervising driver.

The passenger restriction is lifted after 151 days or when you turn 18.

  3. Seat belt requirement

Driver and all passengers must be properly restrained by a seat belt or in a child safety seat. This restriction applies to all license holders in Maryland, regardless of age.

  4. Wireless Device Restriction

All provisional license holders under 18 years are prohibited from using a wireless communication device, except to make an emergency 911 call .

The restriction includes both handheld and hands-free devices.

If you are 18 years or older, you are prohibited from using hand-held cell phones, including texting, while driving. Although hands-free devices are permitted, you should use your cell phone only in emergencies.

Step Three: The Full Driver’s License

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  Minimum age 18 years.

MVA cannot convert the provisional license to a full driver’s license until you are 18 years.

  Held the Provisional License for at least 18 months.

  No moving violations during the previous 18 months.

You must not have any moving violation convictions or have been granted probation before judgment for any moving violations within the previous 18 months.

If you are 18 years and meet all requirements:

Once you are at least 18 years and meet the other requirements, MVA automatically converts the provisional license to a full driver’s license.

You don’t have to get a new license, instead you will get an attachment card showing the new status. When your provisional license expires and you apply for a renewal, you will automatically get a full license and the attachment card is no longer needed.

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COVID-19 Alerts

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You will be asked health screening questions and have a temporal scan of body temperature before entering the office. You must also wear a face covering while in the branch office.

Transactions that will be available for scheduling include:

    learner’s permits,
    commercial driving tests,
    non-commercial driving tests,
    renewing driver’s license and identification cards and
    vehicle services.

Make an appointment .

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