Who Must Take the Test?
All persons applying for an original Georgia license are required to pass a knowledge exam consisting of a road signs test and a road rules test.
To renew a driver's license that has been expired more than two years, you must also pass the knowledge test.
A knowledge test is also required when transferring a license from another country. Citizens of some foreign countries may be exempt from knowledge and skills testing. For a list, visit www.dds.ga.gov.
If you hold a valid driver's license or instructional permit issued by any other state of the United States or by the District of Columbia, you will normally be eligible to obtain a comparable license or permit issued by Georgia without taking the exam.
Knowledge exams are given on a walk-in basis at every Customer Service Center. You must begin taking the written test at least 30 minutes prior to closing.
The road rules tests are available in some non-English languages, but the road signs test are conducted in English only. You must be able to read and understand simple English such as is used in highway signs.
Special assistance for customers with reading disabilities and hearing impairment is available.
You may not bring pens, pencils, paper, books, or any other items into the testing area. Cell phones, text messaging devices, and other types of wireless devices are prohibited. You may not speak to anyone during the test.
Georgia Knowledge Test
The questions on the knowledge exam are based on the topics discussed in the Driver's Manual, and consist of two parts.
First, a set of questions on the meaning of standard highway signs will be given. This test is given in English only. You will be asked to identify certain signs, signals and markers. To pass, you must correctly answer 15 out of 20 questions.
The second part consists of a set of questions about driver responsibility, knowledge of laws, and safe driving practices applicable to the class of license for which you are applying. 15 out of 20 questions must be correctly answered.
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 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.