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Colorado Basic Written Test

Who Must Take the Test?

You need to take the basic written test when you apply for a license or permit and have not been licensed before. Once you obtain a Colorado driver's license or instruction permit, you only have to repeat the written test if you apply for a different class of license or add an endorsement, have had your license or permit canceled, revoked or denied, or let the license or permit expire for more than one year. Traffic tickets which result in suspension, may also require a new test.

If you are 16 years of age or older and have a valid license issued by another U.S. state, territory or possession, you will normally not be required to take the written test or the road test.

Colorado has agreements with Canada, France, Germany, and the Republic of South Korea. If you apply for a Colorado license and have a driver license from any of these countries, the testing requirements will be waived. Drivers any other country are required to successfully pass both the Colorado written knowledge exam and the road test.


Appointments are not required for the written test. Testing are on a first come, first served basis. To allow sufficient time to complete the test and any processing, no written test will normally be given after 4:15 p.m.

Drive tests are by appointment only.

How Many Questions Are There?

The Colorado written knowledge test has 25 questions. You must correctly answer 20 out of the 25 questions (80% passing score).

What the Test Covers

The Colorado basic written test covers various aspects of driving knowledge and safety. Questions are based on the contents of the driver handbook including road signs, driving under the influence, as well as other driving rules, safety rules and legal items.

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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