California DMV Practice Test – 25 Questions and Answers



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#1. You can drive in a lane marked with this sign, if you are:

An HOV lane is a special lane used only for carpools, buses, motorcycles, or decaled low-emission vehicles. You may use a carpool/HOV lane or on-ramp if your vehicle carries the posted minimum number of people required for the carpool lane (three in this case), or you drive a low-emission vehicle displaying a special DMV issued decal.


#2. For which of the following must you always stop your vehicle?

When a traffic signal light is not working and/or no lights are showing on the signal, you must proceed cautiously as if the intersection is controlled by stop signs in all directions.


#3. What is most important when you adjust to a safe speed?

Posted speed limits do not tell you at what speed to drive.

Regardless of the posted speed limit, your speed should depend on:

  • The number and speed of other vehicles on the road.
  • Whether the road surface is smooth, rough, graveled, wet, dry, wide, or narrow.
  • Bicyclists or pedestrians walking on the road’s edge or crossing the street.
  • Whether it is raining, foggy, snowing, windy, or dusty.

#4. Which of the following vehicles must always stop before crossing railroad tracks?

Watch for vehicles that must always stop before they cross train tracks. These vehicles include buses, school buses, and trucks transporting hazardous loads.

Remember, if you are following this type of vehicle you should slow down early, allow plenty of room, and be prepared to stop.


#5. If your vehicle has anti-lock brakes (ABS) and you need to stop quickly on a slippery road, you should:

If your vehicle is equipped with anti-lock brakes, it is not necessary to pump them when braking in slippery situation, apply constant and firm pressure and your vehicle will make a smooth, safe stop.


#6. You should adjust your seat and mirrors:

Keep your windshield and side windows clean inside and outside. Nothing should block your view. Adjust your seat before you put on your seat belt and before you start driving. You should sit high enough to see the road. If you still cannot see, use a seat cushion. Adjust your rear and side mirrors.


#7. Unless a child is 4 feet 9 inches tall, he or she must be secured in a child passenger restraint system up to:

The law requires that children under 8 years old who are 4 feet 9 inches tall or taller to be properly secured with an appropriate safety belt, or be buckled into a federally-approved child passenger restraint system if under 8 years old and less than 4 feet 9 inches tall.


#8. A driver with a provisional driver's license may transport passengers under 20 years of age:

During the first 12 months after you are licensed, you cannot drive between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. and you cannot transport passengers under 20 years of age, unless you are accompanied by a licensed parent or guardian, a licensed driver 25 years of age or older, or a licensed or certified driving instructor.

Provisional driver’s license restrictions last a total of 12 months from the date of issuance or when a driver turns age 18, whichever comes first.


#9. When a pedestrian enters a crosswalk at an uncontrolled intersection, you should:

Respect the right-of-way of pedestrians. Always stop for any pedestrian crossing at corners or other crosswalks, even if the crosswalk is in the middle of the block, at corners with or without traffic lights, whether or not the crosswalks are marked by painted lines.


#10. You approach a stopped school bus on your side of an undivided highway with four lanes. The bus is displaying alternating flashing red lights. In this situation, you must:

When the bus flashes red lights (located at the top front and back of the bus), you must stop from either direction until the children are safely across the street and the lights stop flashing. The law requires you remain stopped as long as the red lights are flashing.

Drivers on the other side of a divided highway are not required to stop.


#11. What does this sign mean?

Sharp Turn.

The sign is used to warn of a sharp turn.


#12. If it is raining when you approach this sign, you should:

Some road surfaces are more slippery than others when wet and usually have warning signs posted. To prevent skidding on slippery surfaces:

  • Drive slowly and stay farther behind the vehicle ahead of you.
  • Slow down as you approach curves and intersections.
  • Avoid fast turns.
  • Avoid quick stops.

#13. If you park facing uphill on a street with a curb and turn the front wheels to the left:

When you park on a sloping driveway, you must turn the wheels so the vehicle will not roll into the street if the brakes fail.

Headed uphill with a curb, you must turn your front wheels away from the curb and toward the center of the road.

Then, let your vehicle roll back a few inches. The wheel should gently touch the curb. Set the parking brake.

Study the illustration in your handbook.


#14. If you turn into a road where road reflectors shine red, the reflectors tell you that:

Red pavement markings or reflectors indicate a roadway that must not be entered.

If you are going the wrong way at night, the road reflectors will shine red in your headlights.


#15. If you are involved in a collision you must:

If you are involved in a collision, you must stop at the scene. Call for help if anyone is hurt.

If no one is injured or killed, you should move your vehicle out of the traffic lane.

Show your driver license, registration card, evidence of financial responsibility, and current address to the other driver, persons involved, or police officer.


#16. You must obey directions, signals, and instructions from:

You must obey any traffic direction, order, or signal by a traffic or police officer or a fire fighter even if it conflicts with existing signs, signals, or laws. You must also obey instructions from school crossing guards.

Also, obey special signs or instructions from workers (flaggers). Driving carefully through work zones improves safety for drivers, pedestrians, bicyclists, and road workers.


#17. When entering a freeway from the acceleration lane, how fast should you go?

Enter the freeway at or near the speed of traffic. Do not exceed the speed limit.


#18. What should you do when you are pulling a trailer?

You should allow a four-second or more following distance when:

  • Following motorcyclists or bicyclists, especially on wet or icy roads, on metal surfaces, and on gravel.
  • Following large vehicles that block your view ahead.
  • Driving on slippery roads.
  • Being crowded by a tailgater.
  • The driver behind you wants to pass.
  • Towing a trailer or carrying a heavy load.
  • Merging onto a freeway.
  • You see a bus, school bus, or a placarded vehicle at railroad crossings.

#19. This is the shape and color of a:

This is a yield sign.

Three-sided red yield signs mean you must slow down and be ready to stop, if necessary, to let any vehicle, bicyclist, or pedestrian pass before you proceed.


#20. You may legally turn right on a red light:

Always stop for a red traffic light. You may turn right if there is no sign to prohibit the turn.

Yield to pedestrians, motorcyclists, bicyclists, or other vehicles moving on their green light.


#21. What should you do when approaching an area where high winds are likely?

Some precautions for driving in high winds include reducing speed.

Slowing down gives you better control over the vehicle and will give you more time to react in the event your vehicle gets hit by a strong gust of wind.

Maintain a firm hand position on the steering wheel. Strong wind gusts are unpredictable, and if you are not holding the wheel properly, gusts can be strong enough to cause the steering wheel to be jerked out of your hands.

Do not use your cruise control.


#22. You are stopped at an intersection, waiting to complete a left turn. Your front wheels should point:

While waiting to turn left, keep your wheels pointed straight ahead until it is safe to start your turn.

If your wheels are pointed to the left and a vehicle hits you from behind, you could be pushed into oncoming traffic.


#23. When you are following another vehicle at night, at what distance must you dim your lights?

You must dim your lights to low beams within 500 feet of a vehicle coming toward you or within 300 feet of a vehicle you are following.


#24. A trucker has serious blind spots in which a car can disappear from view:

Many passenger vehicle drivers incorrectly assume that a trucker can see the road better because he or she is higher off the road. While truckers do have a better forward view and bigger mirrors, they still have large blind spots and your vehicle can get lost in those blind spots.


#25. California's zero tolerance law:

This law states that it is against the law to drive with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .01% or higher if you are under 21 years of age.

See result

DMV Written Test for California

Key numbers for the official CA written knowledge test:

Number of Questions: 46 (under 18 years)
36 (18 years or older)
18 (renewal test)
Correct answers needed: 38 (under 18 years)
30 (18 years or older)
15 (renewal test)
Passing score: ~83 percent
Time limit: n/a
Earliest retest upon failure: 7 days

If you are under 18 years when you apply for an instruction permit you will get a knowledge test with 46 questions. For applicants 18 years and older the test has 36 questions.

Anyone who must take a California renewal test will get 18 questions.

The passing score in California is 83 percent, which is higher than in many other states.

Is the California DMV Test Hard?

The failure rate on the California knowledge test is close to 40 percent. Approximately one of three test takers fail the exam.

Surveys, however, show that test takers who studied the handbook, took 20 practice tests or more, and studied for more than a week had a pass rate of 92 percent.

Compared to other states, grade the difficulty of the California Class C DL examination as moderate.

[ Pass rates 2015 ]

Moderate - DMV Test difficulty grading by licenseroute

Is the California DMV Test an Open-Book Test?

Open-book exams allow you to take notes, texts, or resource materials into an exam situation, but the California knowledge test is not an open-book exam. All use of testing aids is strictly prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to the California Driver Handbook, cheat sheets, and/or electronic communication devices such as a cell phone, hand-held computer, etc.

Turn off your phone and don’t try to take pictures of exam questions with your phone!

If you are caught using your phone or any testing aid during the knowledge test, not only will your test be marked as a failure, but DMV may also act and postpone your possibilities of earning a driving privilege.

What Happens if You Fail the Test?

If you fail the California DMV test you must wait 7 days before you can try to pass exam again.

A re-test may also be subject to availability, which means you might have to wait longer.

To avoid this, you should prepare well to be able to pass the first time.

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What is the Best Way to Prepare for the California DMV Test?

You will not pass the knowledge examination without a good understanding of California laws and rules of the road.

You should always start by getting the latest version of the California Driver Handbook. The handbook is available at all DMV service centers but also online. By downloading a PDF-version from you can have the handbook ready on your phone, tablet, or computer. It is an easy way to study the handbook and refer to it when you need to check up on certain questions.

After reading the handbook, you are ready to verify what you have learned.

Practice tests is an easy way to get familiar with DMV questions and answers. They will also give you a good idea about your level of readiness.

Try to reach a full score on each practice test. It gives you some margins when you take the real exam.

Good Luck.

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3 months ago

Great practice questions!