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New Hampshire Knowledge Test

Who Must Take the Test?

You will be required to take the written, vision, and road tests when you have not been licensed and apply for an initial New Hampshire driver's license.

If you want to upgrade your license to a different class you must take the written test for that class of vehicle and a road test.

When moving to New Hampshire and transferring a valid out-of-state driver license, you do not normally have to take the written test. If your out-of-state license is no longer valid, a written and road test is often required.

When you want to transfer an out-of-country license, a written and road test may also be required.

New Hampshire Knowledge Test

Knowledge tests are given on a first-come, first served walk-in basis only. You should arrive at the DMV office no later than 3:30 p.m. to be able to finish the test before closing.

All tests are computer-based with a touch screen monitor. Every knowledge test has a time limit based upon the number of questions. In general, you have one minute per question. Expect 40 questions for the Operator License and 40 minutes to complete the test. A passing grade of 80% is required. If you exceed the time limit or have too many incorrect answers, the test will automatically terminate.

If you fail your test, you must wait ten days before you can take a new test.

The test station has an optional audio feature which can be accessed by using headphones. Let the licensing representative know if you have trouble reading and want to use headphones.

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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