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This Virginia Permit Practice Test
  Questions per test: 25
  Question pool: 500+
  Type of test: Random multiple-choice / True or False



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#1. If you have been drinking alcohol, which is the only thing that will sober you up?

Only time can decrease intoxication. Things like coffee, cold showers, vitamins, or exercise will not sober you up.


#2. What do the light gray areas in the picture mark?

Blind spots are danger areas where vehicles around you cannot be easily seen. Before driving, adjust your vehicle’s mirrors. Make sure the inside rear-view mirror frames the entire back window. Adjust both side mirrors so you can barely see the sides of your vehicle.

The best way to see a car in your blind spot is by quickly turning your head and glancing over your shoulder to ensure the way is clear before changing lanes or passing another vehicle.

Avoid driving in someone else’s blind spot. This can be just as dangerous as not checking your own blind spot. Speed up or drop back – but don’t stay in the other driver’s blind spot.


#3. It is always illegal to use a cell phone for text messaging while driving:

When on the road, drivers should not use cell phones, computers, or other distracting devices except to report a crash or emergency. There is, however, no general prohibition on cell phone use while driving in Virginia.

Virginia law prohibits drivers under age 18 from using cell phones or any other wireless communication device while driving except in a driver emergency and the vehicle is lawfully parked or stopped.

Text messaging or reading of text messages while driving is illegal for all drivers


#4. When are you allowed to proceed straight ahead against a red light?

You must obey all signs and signals unless directed by law-enforcement officers or crossing guards. You must obey such directions or instructions, even if they conflict with existing signs, signals, or code.


#5. When a pedestrian enters a crosswalk where there are no signs or signals:

Always yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian in a marked crosswalk, or at an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection. Remember that turns on red are especially hazardous to pedestrians. Avoid conflict with pedestrians and permit them to cross the street safely.


#6. When may you drive at the maximum speed indicated by a speed limit sign?

A speed limit is the maximum legal speed you can travel on a road under ideal conditions. You may drive slower than the posted speed, but it is illegal to drive any faster. By law, you must drive slower if conditions such as road construction or bad weather make the posted speed unsafe.


#7. Which lane should you use if traveling straight ahead?

Lane use signals indicate lanes where you can and cannot drive during different hours of the day.

  • Red X: Never drive in a lane marked with a red X signal.
  • Yellow X: A yellow X signal means that you should move out of the lane as soon as safely possible.
  • Green Arrow: You are permitted to drive in a lane marked with a green arrow signal.
  • Left-turn Arrow: You are permitted to enter in a lane marked with a one-way or two-way arrow only to turn in the direction of the arrow.

#8. Consuming caffeine, energy drinks or other stimulants are reliable methods for staying awake and prevent drowsy driving.

Consuming caffeine, energy drinks or other stimulants do not prevent drowsy driving and are not reliable methods for staying awake.


#9. If red lights are flashing at a railroad crossing you must:

Always stop when the light begins to flash and be alert for approaching trains. Do not proceed until all trains have passed, the tracks are clear, and the lights are no longer flashing. Be especially alert at multi-track crossings because a second train could be approaching from the opposite direction.


#10. On a two-lane road with no lane markings:

Many two-lane roads in Virginia do not have lane markings to separate the lanes. On an unmarked two-lane road, you may pass a slow-moving vehicle on the left side if there are no signs prohibiting passing. Make sure that the way is clear.


#11. Unless posted otherwise, you can legally park at a railroad crossing, if you keep this distance from the nearest rail:

You may never park within 50 feet of the nearest rail of a railroad crossing.


#12. When being passed by a motorcycle, you should:

When being passed, do not speed up. Stay in the proper lane. Maintain a steady speed or slow down.


#13. A three-second or four-second rule is a way for you to determine:

Keeping a three-second distance gives you time and distance to respond to problems in the lane ahead of you. At speeds over 45 mph or when road conditions change, you should use a following distance of four seconds or more.


#14. When driving beside a motorcycle, you should:

Respect the vehicle space of a motorcycle and its position in traffic. Never drive beside a motorcycle in the same lane. Although a motorcycle is not as wide as the lane, the rider will use the entire lane as traffic situations and road conditions change. A slight change or debris on the road surface can be a major obstacle for a motorcyclist. Expect the motorcycle to make sudden moves within the lane.


#15. True or false? Radar detector use is illegal in Virginia.

It is illegal to use a radar detector in Virginia (passive or active).


#16. When entering an interstate or a high-speed divided roadway, you should be driving:

Speed up to the flow of traffic when leaving the entrance ramp or acceleration lane. Avoid coming to a complete stop. You must yield the right-of-way to traffic already on the highway. Enter the right-hand lane when safe.


#17. Which of the following freeze first when wet?

Watch for ice on bridges and in shady areas. Bridges freeze before other road surfaces.

Always approach bridges, shaded spots, overpasses and turns slowly.


#18. When driving in fog, you should:

Turn on your low-beam lights when you encounter fog, dust, heavy rain, or snow. Do not use your high beam because the light will be reflected back into your eyes.


#19. Children from 2 years until at least 8 years should normally be secured:

The safest place to install a child safety seat is in the center of the back seat. Children should ride rear facing from birth to 2 years, or as long as the safety seat manufacturer allows. If the vehicle does not have a back seat, a rear facing child seat may be placed in the front passenger seat if the vehicle is not equipped with a passenger side air bag or if the passenger air bag is turned off. Children should ride facing forward in a child safety seat or booster seat until at least age 8, or until they can attain a proper seat belt fit. (Note that older versions of the manual have slightly different recommendations.)


#20. True or false. Persons operating vehicles with air bags are not required to use a safety belt.

Persons in vehicles equipped with air bags are not exempted from the safety belt law.


#21. When approaching a stopped school bus with flashing red lights at a four-way intersection, which car or cars must stop in this situation?

You must stop for stopped school buses with flashing red lights and an extended stop sign when you approach from any direction on a highway, private road, or school driveway.


#22. Revocation of a driving privilege is the same as:

Revocation means that your privilege to drive has been terminated. Your driving privilege may be restored if you re-apply for a driver’s license and show proof of legal presence after the revocation period has passed. You must successfully complete the vision screening, two-part knowledge exam and road skills tests and pay the required fees when you re-apply.


#23. A truck's blind spots:

It is important to remember that there are several no-zones (blind spots) in which a truck driver cannot see other vehicles. Trucks have bigger blind spots than most passenger vehicles. Longer and taller vehicles tend to have significantly larger blind zones. The blind spots are not eliminated by outside mirrors or the size of the mirrors


#24. When preparing for a right turn at an intersection, you see this sign. What should you do?

No right turn. You cannot make a right turn at this intersection.

Remember, regulatory signs with a red circle with a red slash over a symbol prohibit certain actions.


#25. When a traffic signal is showing a steady red light:

You may turn right while the traffic signal displays a red light. Before turning, you must come to a complete stop. Look both ways and yield the right-of-way to pedestrians and other traffic. Be sure to check for less visible vehicles such as motorcycles, bicycles, and mopeds. You may not turn right on red if signs are posted at the intersection that read No Turn on Red, or if a red arrow pointing to the right is displayed.

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The Official Virginia Written Knowledge Test
  Questions on real exam: Part I: 10
Part II: 25
  Passing score: Part I: 100%
Part II: 80%
  Correct answers to pass: Part I: 10
Part II: 20
  Allotted time to complete test: No limit
  Wait time before retest: 1-15 days

Virginia DMV practice tests at Drivers Prep

This Virginia (VA) Permit Practice Test

This practice test helps you prepare for the second part of your knowledge examination. It has 25 questions about Virginia traffic laws, common road rules, and safe driving practices.

After each question, you can see if your answer is correct or not. If your answer is wrong, there is also a short explanation to help you understand the correct answer.

Keep the latest version of the Virginia Driver’s Manual handy and compare comments with the information in the manual. By reading up on your weaknesses, you will learn faster. If you don’t have the manual yet, you can quickly get the latest PDF-version online .

Remember, the practice tests are designed to help you study. Use them as a supplement to the Driver’s Manual – not instead of it.

The easy way to pass your Virginia DMV test

Two-part Knowledge Examination

To get your learner’s permit or driver license in Virginia, you must pass a two-part knowledge examination:

    A road sign identification test
    A general knowledge test

The first test addresses 10 of the road signs described in the driver’s manual. You must correctly identify all 10 signs by shape, colors, and/or symbols and messages. You can check your knowledge of the road signs here: Virginia road sign Recognition test .

The total passing score in Virginia is 86 percent. On the practice tests, you should aim for a perfect score of 100%. It is particularly important to know and understand all the road signs.

The second part will verify your general knowledge of laws, rules, and common driving practices. On this part, the passing score is 80 percent. Out of 25 questions, you need to correctly answer at least 20 questions to pass.

If you combine these two parts, the passing score is 86%, which is higher than in many other states .

Who Must Pass the Virginia Knowledge Exam?

  First-time applicants.

First-time applicants who hasn’t been licensed before must always pass all tests, including the written knowledge exam.

  Drivers who had their license revoked.

After a revocation of your Virginia driving privilege, your license may be restored only if you re-apply for a driver’s license. This means that you must pass all applicable tests again, including the written knowledge exam.

  Drivers who let their license expire for more than a year.

Don’t wait to renew your driver license. In some situations, you must take all tests again if you let your license expire more than one year.

  Drivers with a foreign driver license.

If you apply for a Virginia license and hold a valid driver’s license from another U.S. state, the knowledge exam is usually waived. The same applies if you are 19 or older and hold a valid license from Canada, Germany, France, or the Republic of Korea.

Applicants with a license from a country other than Canada, Germany, France, or the Republic of Korea and who are 19 years or older, may convert their license to a Virginia license only after successfully passing all tests.

Failing the Knowledge Exam

You can only take the written exam once per day.

If you fail the test and you are less than 18 years, you must wait a full 15 days before you can retake it. If you are 18 years or older, you can re-take it the next business day – but must pay an additional testing fee.

If you fail the knowledge exam three times, you must complete a driver education course before you can take the test a fourth time. The course must be part of driver education at a driver training school approved by DMV or the Department of Education. Note that driver improvement courses don’t meet this requirement!

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The knowledge test is available in English and Spanish. But several other languages are also supported. For a complete list, check out .

Audio versions of the exam are available. Ask for a headset and audio support before you start the test.

Applicants with other needs or special help should let a DMV staff member know before the examination. We recommend that you always call ahead and explain your situation. Special accommodation may not be available at driving schools.

Virginia DMV Driver's Manual


Remember, you can’t:

  • Get help from others when taking the test.
  • Help another person during the test.
  • Try to get test questions or answers before the test.
  • Give another person exam questions or answers.
  • Use a cell phone or other electronic devices during the exam.


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