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Alabama Written Knowledge Test

Who Must Take the Test?

If you have not been licensed in Alabama before or if your Alabama license has been expired for over three years you must pass the required drivers examination.

With an out-of-state license which has not been expired over one year you do not have to pass a driver examination.

New Alabama resident with a driver's license from a country other than United States, Germany, South Korea, or Puerto Rico must pass the written knowledge test before getting an Alabama license.

Available Tests

The written knowledge tests are available in foreign languages: Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, French, German, Greek, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Spanish, Thai and Vietnamese.

Automated testing is available to all applicants taking the driver license knowledge test.

Examinations may also be administered to the hearing impaired in American Sign Language. Automated testing equipment is used and available only at certain Driver License offices.

If you are unable to read and comprehend the knowledge tests, oral examinations may be administered using automated testing equipment.

What Does the Test Contain?

The driver examination contains questions on Alabama traffic laws, road signs, and rules of safe driving.

Questions are based on material found in the Alabama Driver Manual. You can download a digital version from the DPS web site.

To pass the Alabama knowledge test you must correctly answer 24 out of 30 questions.

If you are applying for a motor driven cycle or a motorcycle license, you will need to study the material found in the motorcycle manual.

Are You Ready for Your Drivers Permit Test?


Read the state Driver's Manual or Handbook. All real permit test questions are based on the material in this manual. Get familiar with all areas and learn the laws and rules presented. Pay special attention to facts that are bolded or highlighted.

Give yourself plenty of time. Start preparing at least two weeks before the real test.

Take several of our driver permit practice tests to make sure you are ready for the real examination.

Our Practice Tests

Our permit and license practice tests contain 25 questions. You must correctly answer 20 questions to pass (80%). This is a common passing score in most states. You should, however, aim for a score of 90% or more on a permit practice test.

Read Carefully

Read all questions and answers carefully. You will see many DMV test answers, but do NOT focus on memorizing exact phrases - focus on understanding! The practice permit test questions may be repeated with several different alternatives and different wording. Real DMV permit test questions are created the same way.

All questions are multiple-choice or true/false. Only one alternative is correct and acceptable. If you see All of the above, None of the above, or similar as one alternative, make sure you evaluate all alternatives carefully.


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