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North Dakota Knowledge Test

Who Must Take the Test?

When you apply for an original North Dakota driver license of any type, you must pass a written knowledge test.

If you move to North Dakota want to transfer your out-of-state license, the written knowledge test is usually waived, unless your license is or in the process of being revoked, suspended, or canceled.

When renewing a North Dakota license, you must retest if your license is expired more than one year.

North Dakota Written Test

The North Dakota written test will verify your knowledge of the rules of the road and traffic signs.

To take the test, you must visit one of the Driver's License and Testing offices. You do not need to make an appointment to take the written examination. Be sure to arrive no later than one hour prior to noon and no later than one hour prior to closing. You may not have sufficient time to test otherwise.

If you fail your test, you cannot retake the examination the same day.

Remember that children, backpacks, purses, books, papers, and electronic devices such as cell phones and tablets are not allowed in the testing area.

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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