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#1. Parking lights must be used:

Whenever it is necessary to drive with your lights on, you must use your headlights. Never drive with the parking lights on.


#2. How is your braking distance affected when you triple your speed from 20 mph to 60 mph?

Triple the speed from 20 to 60 mph and the impact and braking distance are 9 times greater.


#3. When approaching deer standing near the roadside, you should:

Slow down if you see animals that are standing near the roadway, they may bolt or change direction at the last minute. Deer frequently travel in groups. There may be other deer following.


#4. What does this sign mean?

The five-sided sign is used to warn of schools and school crossings.


#5. Tailoring your driving behavior to the unexpected actions of other drivers and adverse driving conditions is commonly known as:

Defensive driving means driving so as to prevent accidents in spite of the actions of others or the presence of adverse driving conditions. As a defensive driver, you will tailor your driving behavior to the unexpected actions of other drivers and pedestrians, to the unpredictable and ever-changing factors of light, weather, road and traffic conditions, to the mechanical condition of your vehicle, and even to how you feel.


#6. An instruction permit will expire:

Non-commercial class C instruction permit is valid for one year.


#7. What does this road sign mean?

Steep hill Steep downgrade ahead. Slow down and shift to a lower gear to control speed and preserve brakes.


#8. If your car breaks down, you should:

If you are having vehicle trouble and have to stop get your vehicle off the road and away from traffic, if possible. Make sure that other roadway users can see your disabled vehicle. All too often crashes occur because a driver did not see a disabled vehicle until it was too late to stop.


#9. A driver who has been drinking alcoholic beverages will usually:

Alcohol and other impairing drugs affect those areas of your brain that controls judgment. This is one reason why drinking alcohol and taking certain types of drugs is so dangerous. Alcohol also affects things like vision, color distinction, and reaction time.


#10. You are driving on a one-way street. You may turn left onto another one-way street only if:

You may turn left into a left-moving, one-way street if there is no sign to prohibit the turn. Remember, do not turn against traffic.


#11. True or false? Whenever you drive a vehicle with air bags, you are not required to use seat belts.

Safety belts should be worn even if the vehicle is equipped with air bags. While air bags are good protection against hitting the steering wheel, dashboard or windshield, they do not protect you if you are hit from the side or rear or if the vehicle rolls over. In addition, an air bag will not keep you behind the wheel in these situations. Air bags are supplemental restraints and are designed to work best in combination with safety belts.


#12. Parking on a crosswalk in the middle of a block is:

Parking is not allowed on a crosswalk.


#13. A traffic signal showing a steady red light means:

A steady red circular signal means stop. You must come to a complete stop.


#14. What is a no-zone in terms of driving?

No-Zones are areas around trucks where cars (1) disappear into blind spots, or (2) are so close that they restrict the truck driver’s ability to stop or maneuver safely. Both types of No-Zones greatly increase the potential for a crash.


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

Leave extra space in front of your vehicle for vehicles required to come to a stop at railroad crossings, including transit buses, school buses or vehicles carrying hazardous materials.


#16. If you are preparing to leave the interstate and discover that you have taken the wrong exit, you should:

Plan ahead. Watch for exit signs. If you miss your exit do not back up. Go to the next exit. Do not slow down or stop. Stay away from the shoulder. Stopping on an interstate is a primary cause of rear end collisions.


#17. At an uncontrolled intersection, a pedestrian has entered the crosswalk. In this situation, you should:

If there are no traffic control signals, drivers must slow down or stop for pedestrians within a marked or unmarked crosswalk. At traffic signals, after the light turns green, drivers must yield to pedestrians who have entered the crosswalk before the light changed. Always, be on the lookout for pedestrians in order to avoid injuring them, regardless of who has the right-of-way.


#18. When you see a sign with this shape and color, you must:

A stop sign has eight sides and is red with white letters. You must stop behind the stop line or crosswalk, if one is present. Look for crossing vehicles and pedestrians in all directions and yield the right-of-way. When it is safe to do so, you may enter the intersection.


#19. To prevent skidding on slippery surfaces, you should:

To prevent skidding on slippery surfaces you should adjust your speed, avoid abrupt changes in speed or direction, and slow down well in advance of the stopping point.


#20. When this sign is posted, you must:

This sign is posted on a multilane highway for those driving slower than the normal speed of traffic. It tells the slow driver to stay in the right lane.


#21. A pavement marking with the letter R on each side of a large X means:

Pavement markings, consisting of an X and the letters RR, may be painted on the pavement at the approach to some crossings.


#22. Rubbing tires against a curb might help in which situation?

Rubbing sides of the tires against the side of the curb might help stop your car when brakes fail.


#23. What shape is a regulatory speed limit sign?

Vertical Rectangle signs are generally used for regulatory signs, which tell you what you must do. You must obey them in the same manner as traffic laws.


#24. When you see this sign, you should:

This is an advance warning of a location where traffic in both directions must use the same single lane. Reduce speed and be prepared to stop for a flagman or signal.


#25. The driver in front of you signals (left arm extended downward, with palm of hand to the rear):

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

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DMV Test Practice for Kansas Permit

Key numbers for the real Kansas DMV knowledge test:

  Number of Questions: 25
  Correct answers needed: 20
  Passing score: 80 percent
  Time limit: n/a
  Earliest retest upon failure: next business day

Random Practice Test – Take it Again and Again…

This is a random practice test for your Kansas Instruction Permit. Just like the real DMV written test, each practice test has 25 questions, and the passing score is reached with 20 correct answers.

Just remember that you should aim for a full score when you practice. Read up on all your mistakes to make sure you learned everything described in the Kansas Driving Handbook.

You can take this practice test as many times as you need. It is a random test with new questions each time you take it.

Questions and answers are drawn from a large pool of DMV questions, just like the real thing.

All answers are found in the Kansas Driving Handbook.

How to Study for the Kansas DMV Exam

1   Get the Kansas Driving Handbook.

You can download the handbook in PDF-format and save it on your phone, tablet, or computer.

It is easier to study with a hard copy of the handbook. Check with your local DMV service center on how you can get your hands on one.

2   Study everything in the Handbook.

All information in the handbook is there for a reason and Kansas Department of Revenue wants to make sure you have read the handbook before they issue an instruction permit. Therefore, they draw questions for the knowledge exam from all parts of the handbook.

There is a focus on safe driving techniques and your responsibilities as a new driver. You must understand some of the basic driving laws in Kansas, as well as road signs, signals, and markings.

Kansas Driving Handbook

3   Use practice tests to check up on your knowledge.

Practice tests are a supplement to the driving handbook. They should not be used instead of reading the handbook, but in combination with the handbook.

Recheck facts in the handbook when you aren’t sure about the answers.

4   Be active.

Learning all the rules of the road don’t happen overnight. Give it time and don’t attempt the real exam too soon.

Discuss difficult questions with friends, family, teachers, or driver instructors. Pay attention to road signs, signals, markings, and traffic patterns in your daily life. It can work as quick reminders of important facts.

5   Aim for the full score.

Be careful not to rely solely on the online practice tests. Work actively to reach better understanding of rules and safe driving. It will help you not only on the knowledge exam, but also in your future driving.

When you reach a full score on more than a handful of practice tests and feel comfortable with all the answers, you are probably ready.

What you need to know about the Kansas DMV test

What You Need to Know about the Kansas DMV test

  How difficult is the test?

Kansas Department of Revenue does not release failure rates, but the difficulty on the Kansas exam is generally rated moderate. In a few states the knowledge exam is tougher and in other states the test it easier.

Our data suggests that slightly more than 50% of all first-time test takers pass the test.

The older a person is, the more likely they are to pass the first time.

The more time spent on preparations, the more likely a person is to pass.

  Is there a time limit on the Kansas test?

There is no time limit on the Kansas DMV exam, so you have no reason to rush through the test. Re-read every question and all choices at least once before you answer. Only one of the choices is correct.

The test will not take more than 15-20 minutes – even with careful reading!

  What if I fail the test?

Should you fail the test, DMV may allow you to take the test again the next business day. Due to the current pandemic, however, all visits to a service location requires an appointment and you might find that there are no available slots the next day.

You should also know that you need to pay the testing fee every time you re-test. So, it could be a good idea to spend a few days with our practice tests again.

After 4 failed attempts, you must wait 6 months before you can try again. You definitely don’t want that.

  Can I take the test from home?

Unlike some other states, Kansas does not allow you to take the knowledge test from your home.

What Happens After You Have Passed the Test?

To get this far, you have already presented acceptable proof of your identity and address in Kansas. You have also passed a vision screening and paid the appropriate application fee.

If you are a minor, 14 – 15 years, you have also submitted the parental approval form.

After you have passed the knowledge test, Kansas DMV will issue an instruction permit (or farm permit, if you applied for one).

Your new permit allows you to start practicing driving skills.

Before you get behind the wheel, there are a few things you must know.

Restrictions on the Instruction Permit

Under no circumstances can you drive alone when you hold an instruction permit.

You must always drive together with a supervising driver who is at least 21 years old. The supervising driver must hold valid commercial driver’s license, a class A, B or C driver’s license, and have at least one year of driving experience.

No person other than the supervising driver can be in the front seat.

If you are under 17 years, you cannot use any kind of wireless communication device while driving, unless you need to report illegal activity or to summons medical or other emergency help. This is true even if your car has hands-free devices.

There is no night curfew and no other passenger restrictions while you hold the instruction permit.

If you are under 17 years, you must hold the instruction permit for a minimum of one year before DMV lets you advance to the next level in the graduated driver licensing (GDL) program, a restricted driver license

Read more: Kansas law

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Moving to Kansas

If you are licensed in another state and move to Kansas, the knowledge test and the driving skills test are waived. DMV will just check your vision and take a new picture for a replacement license.

When you visit DMV, you must bring your out-of-state license, proof of your Social Security Number (SSN), and two documents that show your Kansas residency.

With an expired out-of-state license, DMV will always ask you to take the written knowledge test. When your license expired more than a year ago, all tests are required, including the driving test.

If you hold a driver license from another country, you must pass all tests and all requirements.

Kansas does not waive any testing requirements for licensed drivers from foreign countries.

COVID-19 Alerts

Kansas Covid 19 response

Please note that during the 2020-2021 pandemic, you must make an appointment before you visit a Kansas DMV service center.

Find your nearest driver license exam station here: Kansas DOV Service Locations .

All visitors must complete a COVID-19 symptom questionnaire.

For the practical driving test you must wear a face mask, no exceptions.

More Information

You must be at least 14 years old to apply for an Instruction permit. When you apply, you must show acceptable proof of identity, submit an approval from parents if you are under 16 years, pass a vision exam, and have your picture taken. To be approved you must pass the written knowledge test or submit certificate of an approved driver education.

A Kansas farm permit can be issued to teenagers between 14 years and 17 years. The permit is issued only if the teen lives on a farm consisting of 20 or more acres that is used for agricultural purposes or is employed for work on such a farm. The farm affidavit must be signed by employer (if applicable) and a parent or legal guardian.

To get a farm permit you must pass both the knowledge test and the driving skills test or complete an approved driver education.

I addition to practice driving with a supervising driver, a farm permit also lets you drive alone to/from or in connection with any farm job, employment or other farm-related work. You may also drive over the most direct and accessible route between home and school for the purpose of school attendance.

If you are under 17 years, must hold the permit for 1 year to advance to restricted license.

You can download the Kansas Driver Handbook in PDF-format from www.ksrevenue.org and save it on your phone, tablet, or computer. You can also get a hard copy from a local DOV service center. During the pandemic, you should call ahead and ask for availability.

The Kansas DMV test for an instruction permit (or farm permit) has 25 questions. You need 20 correct answers for a passing score (80%).


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