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#1. A combination of these two signs tells you:

Pedestrian crossing. Watch out for people who might walk or run in front of your vehicle.

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#2. If your vehicle breaks down on a highway, you should always:

If at all possible, get your vehicle off the road away from traffic. Turn on your emergency flashers to show you are having trouble. Never stand in the roadway.

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#3. You are driving a car equipped with air bags. The distance between your breastbone and the air bag cover should be:

The biggest risk is being too close to the air bag. In an air bag-equipped vehicle, there should be a 12-inch clearance between you and the steering wheel hub.

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#4. When a traffic signal is showing a steady yellow light:

A steady yellow light means caution. Do not enter the intersection if you can stop safely. If you cannot stop safely, proceed through the intersection with caution.

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#5. You may be ruled a habitual offender if you are convicted of three or more certain violations within a certain period. This period stretches up to:

You may be ruled a habitual offender if you are convicted of three or more certain violations in a six-year period.

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#6. The Wrong Way sign means:

The Wrong Way sign tells you that you are going in the wrong direction. It is a supplement to the Do Not Enter sign. It is placed along the exit ramp or the one-way roadway farther from the crossroad. You may find these signs at exit ramps and the beginning of one-way streets.

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#7. If you have a tire blowout while driving, it is generally wrong to:

Remember, do not overreact. Do not steer sharply off the road.

If a tire suddenly goes flat, hold the steering wheel tightly and keep the vehicle going straight. Slow down gradually. Take your foot off the gas pedal and use the brakes lightly. Gradually move to the right shoulder of the roadway when safe.

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#8. Sharing a lane with a motorcyclist:

Respect the vehicle space of a motorcycle and its position in traffic. When passing a motorcycle, allow a full lane for the motorcycle. NEVER crowd into the same lane as the motorcycle.

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#9. Road signs that give directions and information are usually:

Horizontal rectangles are generally used to give directions or information.

When vertical, signs are generally used to give instructions or tell you the law.

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#10. Which statement about tires is false?

Unbalanced tires and low pressure cause faster tire wear, reduce fuel economy, and make the vehicle harder to steer and stop.

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#11. When you drive through a construction zone, you should:

Adjust your speed to traffic conditions. Proceed with caution. Obey all instructions provided by signs, traffic signals and flaggers. Do not follow other vehicles too closely. Always expect the unexpected.

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#12. When passing a horse rider, you should:

Reduce your speed and pass slowly. Blowing the vehicle horn should be avoided so the animal will not be frightened.

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#13. When two vehicles from different directions arrive at the same time at an intersection where there are no signs or signals, which one should yield?

When two cars enter an open intersection (without traffic control signs or signals) at the same time, the driver on the left must yield to the driver on the right.

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

A yield sign is a downward pointing triangle. It is red and white with red letters. You will see no other signs of this shape on the highway.

Slow down and give vehicles crossing your path the right-of-way. If the way is clear, you may move forward slowly without stopping. Yield signs are usually placed where auxiliary roads lead into major roads.

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#15. When it is safe to do so, a broken yellow center line may be crossed:

Keep to the right of a yellow center line. You may cross the broken line when passing another vehicle or when the right half of the roadway is closed to traffic. But you may only cross when it is safe to do so.

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#16. Drinking coffee after drinking alcohol:

Only time will get it out of your system. Cold showers, fresh air, vitamins, black coffee, and exercise will do nothing to sober you up. Once in the body, alcohol must be chemically broken down and oxidized by the liver. This is a slow process.

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#17. 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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#18. You can park your car:

Parking is not allowed within 30 feet of a stop sign, within five feet of a fire hydrant, or in a tunnel.

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#19. What does this sign mean?

Divided highway ends. The divided highway on which you are traveling ends 350 to 500 feet ahead. You will then be on a roadway with two-way traffic. Keep to the right.

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#20. With an instruction permit you may drive alone:

All driving must be supervised.

May drive only with parent or guardian, family member over 21, driver education teacher, or driver over 25 with written permission of parent or guardian.

Number of passengers limited to the number of seat belts in the vehicle.

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#21. When driving on a slippery surface such as snow or ice, you should:

Starting and stopping on ice or snow can be very tricky. When trying to stop, do not slam on the brakes or the wheels will lock, and you may be thrown into a dangerous skid. Use brakes and accelerator gently. Start braking early.

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#22. When approaching a bicyclist on a two-lane road before a curve, you should:

When passing a bicycle rider, pass as if the cyclist were a vehicle and move into the other lane. On multi-lane roads with wide outside lanes, allow at least three to four feet between your vehicle and the bicyclist for clearance. On narrow, two-way roads, wait for a break in traffic before passing. Do not pass if oncoming traffic is near. Do not honk your horn or flash your headlights at bicyclists. They may be startled and lose control.

In this situation, pavement markings and sharp curve tell you that it is not safe to pass.

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#23. On a highway, you should look farther ahead than you would on a city street:

To avoid last-minute braking or the need to turn, you should look well down the road. By looking ahead and being ready to stop or change lanes if needed, you can drive more safely, save fuel, help keep traffic moving at a steady pace, and allow yourself time to better see around your vehicle and alongside the road. Looking well down the road will also help you to steer straighter with less weaving. Safer drivers tend to look at least 10 seconds ahead of their vehicle.

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#24. You approach a railroad crossing. There is heavy traffic ahead. You must stop before the crossing when:

It is important to note that you should not enter a railroad crossing until the vehicle ahead has moved far enough ahead that you can clear the tracks. Never stop your vehicle on the railroad tracks.

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#25. This hand signal means:

Slowing or stop – left arm extended downward, with palm of hand to the rear.

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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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