Florida Permit Practice – Driver License Sample Test Questions



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#1. What should you do when you see this sign?

A horizontal flashing bar indicates a warning – use caution approaching the work area.

Flashing arrow panels are used both during the day and at night to give advance warning and directional information to drivers, where it is necessary to move to the right or to the left into another lane.


#2. If you have stopped at a railroad crossing with gates and red lights, you should not move forward until:

If the gates are down, the road is closed. It is against the law to drive around or under a crossing gate, either down or being opened or closed.

Do not move forward until the gates are raised and the lights stop flashing as there may be a train approaching on an adjacent track.


#3. In this situation (approaching the bicyclist from behind), you should:

On a two-lane road, pass a bicyclist like a slow-moving vehicle, and only when it is safe to do so. Do not follow too closely and avoid honking your horn. Loud noises can startle bicyclists, causing a crash.

On this road, the sharp curve and pavement markings indicate that passing is not safe.


#4. This sign (red X) over a lane means:

Lane signals are used

  • when the direction of the flow of traffic changes during the day.
  • to show that a toll booth is open or closed.
  • to show which lanes are opened or closed.

Green arrow means you may use this lane and you must also obey all other signs and signals. Yellow X means that the lane signal is about to turn red. Prepare to change lanes. Never drive in a lane under the red X.


#5. What is true about a center left turn lane?

Two-way roadway with a center lane for left turns in either direction of travel. The specially marked center turn lane is intended for slowing down and for sheltering turning vehicles and may not be used for passing.

Drivers from either direction may use the center lane for left turns.


#6. This sign tells you:

No U-Turn.

You cannot make a complete turn to go in the opposite direction where this sign is displayed.

Remember that a red circle with a slash means no. The sign shows you what is not allowed.


#7. You approach this traffic signal. You may make a left turn:

You may make a turn in the direction of the arrow. If the red light is illuminated at the same time, you must be in the proper lane for such a turn.


#8. The following are true about large trucks, except:

It is not true that they need less room to maneuver.

Truck and bus drivers sometimes need to swing wide to the left to safely negotiate a right turn. They cannot see cars, motorcycles, or bicycles directly behind or beside them. Cutting in between the commercial vehicle and the curb or shoulder to the right increases the possibility of a crash.


#9. The driver in front of you signals (left arm extended horizontally out of open window):

Left turn – left arm extended horizontally out of open window.


#10. Your car must have the following equipment in proper working order:

Your vehicle must have a windshield wiper in good working order for cleaning rain, snow, or other moisture from the windshield.

A bell, siren, or exhaust whistle is not allowed.

A red light showing from the front is not allowed.

Running board courtesy lights are optional equipment.


#11. If your driver license is suspended for too many points, you must have, or purchase:

If involved in a suspension for too many points, you must have, or purchase insurance under Florida Financial Responsibility Law.


#12. When driving at night, be sure that you can stop:

Make sure you can stop within the distance you can see ahead (the distance lighted by your headlights).


#13. The law in this state says

The law does not actually give the right-of-way to anyone. The law only says who must yield (give up) the right-of-way. Every driver, motorcyclist, moped rider, bicyclist, and pedestrian must do everything possible to avoid a crash.


#14. You have a sudden tire blowout while driving. What should you do?

  • Do not use brakes.
  • Concentrate on steering.
  • Slow down gradually.
  • Brake softly when the car is under control.
  • Pull completely off the pavement.

Remember, keep your car in the same lane by steering straight until the car is under control.


#15. When should you use your high-beam headlights?

Keep headlights on low beam to reduce the glaring reflection of your lights during any rain, smoke, or fog. You must also use low beams when approaching another vehicle from behind.


#16. Why should you use special caution when driving at dawn and dusk and between the months of October through December?

Use caution when driving at dawn and dusk. This is when animals are most active. Deer/vehicle crashes occur most frequently from October to December.


#17. What does this sign mean?

Sharp turn. The road will make a sharp turn. Slow your speed, keep to the right, and do not pass other vehicles.


#18. What does a sign with this shape mean?

The upside-down triangle shape is exclusively used for yield signs. Slow down and, if necessary, stop to give the right of way to vehicles and pedestrians.


#19. How many hours of driving experience are required before you can change a learner's permit to an intermediate license?

A parent, legal guardian, or responsible adult 21 years of age or older, must certify that the driver has had at least 50 hours of driving experience, of which 10 hours must be at night.


#20. When parking close to a stop sign you must keep what distance?

The distance you must keep from a stop sign is more than 30 feet. Parking is not allowed within 30 feet of any flashing signal, stop sign or traffic signal.


#21. True or false? Air bags give you full protection in case of a crash.

Seat belts save lives, but only if correctly worn every time you are in a motor vehicle. Air bags are not a substitute for seat belts.


#22. Always allow extra room in front of your vehicle when:

The two-second rule applies to any speed in good weather and road conditions. If road or weather conditions are not good, double your following distance. You should also double your following distance when driving a motor home or towing a trailer.


#23. You approach this road sign. What should you do?

Hill – Downgrade ahead. This sign warns you of a dangerous hill. It may be very long or steep, or it may have sharp curves. Slow down before you start down the hill. It may be a good idea to shift to a lower gear to control speed and preserve brakes.


#24. Blue road signs are used for:

Motorist services signs are white on blue. They direct you to services, such as gas, food, motels, and hospitals. Blue is also used to identify parking spaces for disabled drivers.


#25. The blood alcohol level at which it is illegal for any person 21 years or older to drive is:

The DUI limits are .08 or higher for adults (21 and over) and .02 or higher for minors (under 21).

Remember, you can be convicted even if tests show lower limits.

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Florida FLHSMV Driver Knowledge Exam

Quick facts about the Florida Driver License Class E Knowledge Exam for learner’s permit and driver’s license:

  Number of Questions: 50 questions
  Correct answers needed: 40
  Passing score: 80 percent
  Time limit: N/A
  Earliest retest upon failure: Same day (new fee)

This Florida Sample Test

While the real Florida knowledge examination has 50 questions in each set, this practice test will show you 25 random multiple-choice questions in each set. By taking two tests in a row, you can simulate the real examination.

Florida used to have two tests, one road sign recognition test and one test about road rules. These tests are now combined into one and expanded with 10 additional questions. Questions are updated on a regular basis and always random, which means that not two tests are the same.

To pass the Florida Permit Exam you must correctly answer at least 40 questions, a passing score of 80%.

If you fail your first attempt at the test, you can retake it the same day.

How to Prepare for the Florida Permit Test

To prepare for your Knowledge Exam, you should start by studying the Official Florida Driver License Handbook. You can get a hard copy at your local service center or tax collector . You can also download the PDF-version online and keep it handy on your computer or smartphone.

Take many the Class E knowledge practice tests. They will help you understand what kind of questions you will see on the real examination and tell you if you are ready for the real examination or not. Aim for a full score on a handful of practice tests before you attempt the real one.

Surveys show that this Florida permit practice really helps.

Where to Take the Real Test

Note that this website does not offer the real examination, only the Florida permit practice.

If you are 18 years or older, you normally take the test in person at one of DHSMV service centers. The test is given on a computer and you cannot bring books into the testing area or use a cellphone during the test.

If you are still in high school, you probably already know that many high school driver education classes are authorized to provide the knowledge exam (known as DELAP). If you pass the test in an approved course in a public or private school, the result is forwarded to FLHSMV’s test records.

Minors under 18 years can also take the test online at approved third party administrators. A Parent Proctoring Form is required for these online tests. This form must be notarized or signed in the presence of a driver license examiner.

You cannot take the online test from home.

Is the Florida Knowledge Test Hard?

In 2015, the failure rate was a staggering 60%. Since then, the state has changed many questions and the goal is to have a 70 percent passing rate.

The difficulty level is rated “moderate”. It is not the easiest test in United States, but it is also not hardest.

Moderate - DMV Test difficulty grading by licenseroute

What Happens if You Fail the Test?

Florida has no official wait time for retesting, but most examiners will recommend you to wait at least 1 day before taking the test again.

If you miss more than 10 question on the exam, you were probably not ready. Remember, a permit or driver’s license is a privilege that comes with great responsibilities. It should not be taken lightly.

What Happens if You Pass the Test?

After submitting all necessary documents and passing the exams, including the Traffic Law and Substance Abuse Education (TLSAE) course, FLHSMV will issue a learner’s license.

Learner's License

With a learner’s permit, you can start practicing your driving skills.

When you sit behind the wheel, you must always carry your permit. You must also be accompanied by a driver who:

  • Holds a valid license to drive this type of vehicle
  • Is at least 21 years of age
  • Occupies the closest seat to the right of you

Under no circumstances can you drive alone.

Restrictions on Your Learner’s Permit

You may only drive during daylight hours for first three months after permit is issued. After three months, you may drive until 10 p.m.

You must hold your learner’s permit for a minimum of 12 months or until your 18th birthday, whichever comes first.

Frequently Asked Questions

To pass the Florida Permit Exam you must correctly answer at least 40 out of 50 questions, a passing score of 80%.

If you fail your first attempt at the test, you can retake it the same day. You must, however, pay the testing fee each time you retake the test.

To prepare for your Knowledge Exam, you should start by studying the Official Florida Driver License Handbook and take many practice tests.

To apply for your first Florida learner’s license you must be at least 15 years old.

You can get a hard copy from all DHSMV service centers. You can also download a PDF-version from FLHSMV's website. You should not download it from privately owned websites.

TLSAE is a Traffic Law and Substance Abuse Education course. All drivers who have not been licensed before must complete TLSAE course before applying for a license in Florida. Drivers under 21 years with suspension for driving with a blood alcohol level (BAL) of .02 to .05 must complete the course.

A holder of a Florida Learner's License can only drive during daylight hours for first three months. After three months they may drive until 10 p.m.

You cannot take a Florida online test from home. Online testing is only offered by approved third party administrators.

There is no time limit, but you are not allowed to begin the test if it cannot be completed before closing (usually 30 minutes before closing).

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