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#1. When should you use your horn?

You may use your horn as a warning when you are coming to a place where you cannot see what is ahead, such as exiting a narrow alley or approaching a steep hill or narrow curve.

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#2. Your driver's license will normally expire after five to eight years:

Your license expires on your birthday. It is valid for another 60 days.

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#3. If you accumulated nine points under the point system for habitual offenders, for how long will your driving privileges be barred?

Based on the points accumulated, the person shall be barred from operating a motor vehicle on the highways of this state as follows:

  • 6-7 points – two years.
  • 8-9 points – three years.
  • 10-12 points – four years.
  • 13-15 points – five years.
  • 16 and more points – six years.
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#4. Parking is never allowed:

Never park in an intersection.

Parking in a disabled person parking space is allowed when you are authorized and display disabled license plate or placard.

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#5. Which car or cars are best positioned for a left turn on this one-way street?

Turn from the lane that is closest to the direction you want to go and turn into the lane closest to the one you came from. Compare illustrations in Driver’s Manual.

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#6. A flashing yellow light means:

Proceed with caution. Yield to vehicles and pedestrians and proceed when it is safe.

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#7. Which is the most important driving technique when driving on slippery roads?

Slow down at the first sign of rain, snow, or sleet. These all make the roadway slippery. Increase your following distance. You should be most careful when turning and stopping during the first half hour of rain

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#8. What does this sign indicate?

Do Not Pass. This sign marks the beginning of a no passing zone.

Passing signs consider unseen hazards such as intersections, driveways, and other places a vehicle may enter the roadway. The signs indicate where you may pass, or the beginning and ending of a passing zone, or where you may not pass. Where passing is allowed, you may do so only if it is safe.

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#9. Whenever you drive, you should adjust your speed based on:

Posted speed limits do not tell you at what speed to drive. They only tell you what the maximum legal speed is under ideal conditions. By law, you have to go slower if conditions make the posted speed limit unsafe.

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#10. There is a work zone ahead. This barricade is in your lane. What does it mean?

Slanting stripes on a panel or barricade tell you on which side to pass. Stripes sloping down to the right mean pass on the right. Stripes sloping down to the left mean pass on the left.

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#11. What should you do when you approach a railroad crossing and see a vehicle with this sign ahead?

Watch for vehicles that must stop at railroad crossings. All school buses and vehicles carrying passengers for hire, and all vehicles required to be placarded for hazardous materials, must stop within 15 to 50 feet of railroad tracks before crossing.

Remember, if you are following this type of vehicle you should slow down and be prepared to stop. It is against the law to pass any vehicle within 100 feet of a railroad crossing.

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#12. When you plan to exit an interstate highway, you should:

Thinking ahead is the key to leaving a freeway or interstate.

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#13. If you are in a roundabout when an emergency vehicle with flashing lights approaches from behind, you should:

If you are within an intersection, including a roundabout, clear it before you pull over.

Remember, do not block intersections.

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#14. This road sign means:

T-Intersection Ahead. The road you are on does not go straight ahead. Prepare to turn right or left.

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#15. When keeping a two-second following distance between you and the car ahead, you know that you always have enough space to stop safely.

The safest and easiest way to judge a safe following distance is to use the two-second rule. This will keep the vehicles in front of you far enough ahead that you will be able to stop within the assured clear distance ahead.

Remember, the two-second rule does not mean that you are able to stop within two seconds.

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#16. If you see a pedestrian with a white cane attempting to cross the street, you must:

If you approach a person walking with a white cane or a white cane tipped with red, you must stop and take whatever action is necessary to prevent injury to that person. The same applies to a person being led by a guide dog which is wearing a harness and walking by or in front of the person.

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#17. You approach this vehicle from behind. It is keeping an exceptionally low speed. What should you do?

A broken yellow line indicates that passing on the left is permitted when the way ahead is clear. Overtaking and passing should be done with care because of oncoming traffic.

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#18. The following is true about motorcyclists, except:

Remember there are other road users such as motorcycles, bicycles, and pedestrians that are harder to see than cars and trucks.

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#19. Anti-lock brakes will take effect when:

The ABS system allows you to stop without skidding. Press on the brake pedal as hard as you can and keep pressing on it. Do not let up on the brake pedal.

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#20. What should you do as you approach a curve in the road?

It is easy to go too fast in a curve. If you go too fast, then the tires will not be able to grip the road and the vehicle will skid. Always slow down before you enter the curve, so you do not have to brake in the curve. Braking in a curve can cause the vehicle to skid.

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#21. You may be arrested for driving under the influence of:

It is illegal to drive when you are affected to the extent that you cannot drive safely.

With an alcohol content of .08 percent you are guilty of operating a vehicle while intoxicated (OWI). No other proof is needed. The law also prohibits a person from operating a motor vehicle with any amount of a controlled substance present. You can also be convicted of OWI based on a peace officer’s observations regarding your mental ability, judgment, emotions, and control of bodily actions or motions.

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#22. Which road signs have the shape of an upside-down triangle?

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.

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#23. What is true about safety belts?

Your chances of not being killed in an accident are much better if you stay inside the car. Seat belts can keep you from being thrown out of your vehicle into the path of another one.

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#24. Road signs with a yellow background indicate:

Yellow is used for general warning and advisory of unexpected roadway conditions.

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#25. When you see this sign you should expect a railroad crossing before coming to the T-intersection ahead.

This sign tells you there is a railroad crossing if you turn right at the T-intersection ahead.

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The Iowa MVD Knowledge Examination

Quick facts about the Iowa MVD written test for the Instruction Permit or adult Driver’s License:

  Number of Questions: 35
  Correct answers needed: 28
  Passing score: 80 percent
  Time limit: N/A
  Earliest retest upon failure: 1 day

Understand the Practice Test

This practice test will provide you with random questions from real Iowa examinations and questions based on the information in the official driver’s manual.

With questions from a large bank of exam questions you can expect each practice test to be slightly different until you have covered all the important items in the manual.

The practice test is created to give you a general understanding of the principles of safe and lawful operation of a motor vehicle in Iowa. However, it is NOT intended to serve as a cheat sheet with precise answers to be memorized for the knowledge examination.

Think of the practice test as a learning tool and a complement to the driver’s manual.

  More study tips .

How Many Questions are on the Iowa MVD Test?

The knowledge test for an Iowa instruction permit has 35 question. You need 28 correct answers to pass. That is a passing score of 80%.

The test is a closed-book test given on a computer with a touch screen. You cannot bring books, papers, or any other material into the testing area. All use of cell phones, tablets, and other wireless devices is prohibited.

The test is available in a few other languages in select branches. If you don’t speak English, call ahead to verify that the test is available in your language. For hours and locations, please visit Iowadot.gov.

Get Ready for Your Iowa MVD Written Examination

You will not pass the written examination without a good understanding of traffic laws described in the driver’s manual. Start by getting a copy from a MVD service center, driving school, or online .

Read through the manual. Everything you must know to pass the test is found in this manual and questions can be drawn from all chapters.

Practice Makes Perfect

Research says that test takers who use practice tests before the examination stands a much better chance of passing the first time.

Used wisely, you will also learn facts much faster than just by reading the manual.

Practice tests also give you a good idea of the kind of questions MVD will ask on the test.

When you easily reach a score of 100% on the practice tests, you are probably ready for the real examination.

Who Must Pass the Iowa Written Knowledge Test?

You must take the MVD knowledge test, when you:

  Apply for a permit or driver’s license and haven’t been licensed before.
  Move to Iowa and hold a foreign license from another country than Canada or Germany.
  Move to Iowa and hold an out-of-state license that is invalid or expired more than one year.
  Had your driver’s license revoked by Iowa or another state.

Holders of an out-out-state license are normally exempt from taking the knowledge test, but if the license is invalid or has expired for more than one year you must pass the full examination as a first-time applicant. The same applies if you had your driver’s license revoked in this or another state. With a revoked license, you must apply for a new one. This includes passing all tests again.



Where Can I take the Iowa Knowledge Exam?

  If you are under 18 years, you can now take the knowledge test from the comfort of your own home. You don’t need to visit a branch office for just the test.

This is what you need:

  Be 14 years and under 18 years.
  Have a reliable internet connection and a desktop or laptop (not a cell phone or tablet).
  Approval and application submitted by a parent or legal guardian.

A parent or legal guardian must complete and submit the Application to Proctor Knowledge Exam form. The same parent/legal guardian must also administer the test and make sure you follow the rules.

Once the application is approved an email will be sent with instructions for taking and administering the test. It takes up to two weeks before the application is approved and until you get the email. Use this time to study the manual and take practice tests.

After you have completed the home test, you will get an email with test results and further instructions. You will need to visit a service center to be issued your permit.

An email will also be sent with the test results and instructions after the test is completed.

  Students enrolled with a participating school or agency can take the knowledge test in school or at an approved agency.

  If you are 18 years or older or cannot take an online test from home, in school, or at a test participating agency, you must make an appointment and visit a MVD service center.

Schedule an appointment

What Happens if I fail the Iowa knowledge examination?

You must wait at least one day before you can take the test again.

Should you fail the written knowledge exam at the service center, you must schedule a new appointment.

Who Needs an Iowa License?

Anyone who operates a motor vehicle or motorcycle or moped on public streets and roads in Iowa is required to have a license. For purposes of driver licensing you are considered an Iowa resident f if you have:

  • registered to vote in this state;
  • enrolled your children in public school;
  • accepted a permanent job in the state; or
  • lived in Iowa continuously for 30 days.

You do not need an Iowa driver’s license if you:

  • are driving a military motor vehicle while on duty with the U.S. Armed Forces;
  • are driving farm equipment between the home farm and any nearby (not more than two miles) farmland or farm operation; or
  • are a student or visitor and have a current license from your home state or country.

What is the Iowa Graduated Driver Licensing System?

The purpose of the Iowa Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) system is to gradually let drivers under 18 years accumulate driving skills and demonstrate responsible driving practices.

The program includes different steps that allow for increased driving privileges over time. The three different steps are: the instruction permit, the intermediate driver license, and the full driver license.

You can apply for your first instruction permit when you are 14 years old.

The Iowa Instruction Permit

You must be at least 14 years old and have approval from a parent or legal guardian if you are under 18 years before MVD issues the permit. You must pass a vision screening the written knowledge test.

When you have your permit, you can practice driving with a supervising adult. Supervised drivers include a parent, guardian, custodian, an immediate family member at least 21 years of age, a driver education instructor, or a person at least 25 years with written permission from your parent, guardian, or custodian.

During the permit phase, you must log at least 20 (2 at night) hours of parental/guardian certified driving hours.

Before you can move on to the next step, the intermediate license, you must hold the permit for a minimum of 12 months.

You must also complete an approved driver education course. The course must include thirty hours of classroom training and six hours laboratory. Driver education is required for all license applicants under 18 years.

Immediately before applying for an intermediate license, you must also have driven accident- and violation-free for six consecutive months.



The Iowa Intermediate License

When turning 16, you can apply for the intermediate driver’s license. You must have held a permit for at least 12 months, have completed driver education, and have passed the appropriate vision screening, knowledge test, and a road skills test.

With an intermediate driver license, you cannot drive between 12:30 a.m. and 5 a.m. unless you are supervised by an adult driver (see above).

For the first six months, you cannot drive with more than one unrelated passenger under 18 years, unless approved by a parent or guardian.

During this phase, you must also accumulate an additional 10 (2 at night) hours of parental/guardian supervised driving.

Iowa Driver License Test

Summary of Age and Test Requirements

License Minimum age Required tests
Class C – Operator (most common license) 16 Knowledge, vision, road skills
Class C Instruction Permit 14 Knowledge, vision
Class C – Minor’s School License 14.5 Knowledge, vision, road skills
Class C – Minor’s Restricted License 16 Knowledge, vision, road skills
Class D – Chauffeur 18 See CDL Manual
Class D – Chauffeur’s Instruction Permit 18 Knowledge, vision
Upgrade from operator license to chauffer or commercial license 18 Knowledge, vision, road skills

Frequently asked Questions

The knowledge test for an Iowa instruction permit has a passing score of 80%.  You need to correctly answer 28 of 35 questions.

The three different steps are: the instruction permit, the intermediate driver license, and the full driver license. You can apply for your first instruction permit when you are 14 years old.

The purpose of the Iowa Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) system is to gradually let drivers under 18 years accumulate driving skills and demonstrate responsible driving practices.

You must be at least 14 years old to apply for your first Iowa instruction permit.

Yes, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic applicants under 18 years can take the knowledge test online from their home. The application for a home test must be submitted by a parent or legal guardian.

The tests are based on the same questions, but each test is random and will be different each time you take the test.

When you have passed all tests and MVD has issued the permit, you can practice driving with a supervising adult. Supervised drivers include a parent, guardian, custodian, an immediate family member at least 21 years of age, a driver education instructor, or a person at least 25 years with written permission from your parent, guardian, or custodian.

No. A holder of an Iowa instruction permit can only drive with a parent, guardian, custodian, an immediate family member at least 21 years of age, a driver education instructor, or a person at least 25 years with written permission from your parent, guardian, or custodian.

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