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West Virginia Knowledge Exam

Who Must Take the Test?

All first-time applicants who have never held a driver's license must pass the knowledge examination.

If you are transferring a license from out-of state that has been expired you are also considered first-time applicant and must take all examination tests, vision, written, and road skills examination before being eligible for a West Virginia license.

If your out-of-state license is still valid, you are required to pass a vision test, complete a brief alcohol awareness course, and surrender your out-of state license before a WV license will be issued. The written knowledge test is usually waived.

If your out-of-state license is suspended or revoked, you will not be licensed in WV until you receive a clearance.

Anyone who lets his or her West Virginia license expire more than six months is also require to pass all applicable examination tests.

An expired regular Instruction Permit (ages 18 and over) also requires a re-examination.

If your license has been revoked, you must re-apply for a new license after the revocation period and take all examination tests.

You may also be required to take the written knowledge examination if the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles has good cause to believe you are incompetent or otherwise not qualified to be licensed.

West Virginia Knowledge Test

The West Virginia knowledge examination includes at least 25 questions covering basic knowledge, traffic rules, regulations, signs, and markings found in the Driver's Licensing Handbook. You must answer 19 out of 25 questions correctly (76%).

In West Virginia, there is a time limit on the written test. Any questions not answered in the allotted time will be considered incorrect.

Audio versions of the knowledge test are available for the reading impaired. The applicant must have previously attempted the written examination and failed at least two times. Headsets are limited.

Oral tests are not available. Employees of the DMV may not read the questions to you, re-word the information, or provide additional help explaining questions.

No other person than the applicant is allowed in the exam room. No cell phones, PDA, blue-tooth devices, electronic devices, or similar will be permitted.

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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