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#1. The background color of a sign giving directional information on the turnpike is:

Green background with white reflective letters are used on the Turnpike


#2. When passing a truck, you should do the following except:

Never slow down after passing a big truck. Maintain a consistent speed when passing and do not pull in front of the truck unless you can see the entire front of the truck in your rear-view mirror. Do not linger in the blind spots. Trucks have huge blind spots on both sides. When you travel in these blind spots for any length of time, you cannot be seen by the truck driver.


#3. The road edge on the right side is marked by a:

Solid lines along the side of the road show you where the edge of the road is located.


#4. A handicap parking may be indicated by this sign and a curb painted:

A blue curb indicates a handicap restriction. It tells you that parking is permitted only for a disabled person or a driver of a disabled person.


#5. Backing a vehicle on a controlled-access highway:

Do not back up on any controlled-access highway, under any circumstances. It is illegal and unsafe.


#6. The cars in this illustration arrive at the same time at a four-way stop. Which one must yield?

The green car must yield. If two vehicles reach the intersection at the same time, the driver on the left yields to the driver on the right.


#7. When are you required to stop at a railroad crossing?

You must always stop when electric or mechanical signals tell you a train is coming. You must also stop when the gates are lowered, if you see or hear a train approaching, when a human flagger signals you to stop, or if there is a stop sign.


#8. What should you do if you are involved in a traffic crash and someone is injured with severe bleeding?

Stop severe bleeding.

If there is bleeding, supply direct pressure to the wound. Even severe bleeding can almost always be stopped or slowed by using direct pressure to a wound.


#9. This warning sign means:

Low clearance. You are approaching an overpass and the clearance from the roadway surface to the overpass is 12 feet, 6 inches.


#10. When should you use your horn?

The horn may be used when necessary to insure safe operation of the vehicle and for no other purpose. Remember, the horn is not intended to take the place of brakes. Do not use your horn to alert a bicyclist of your approach in a non-emergency situation. A loud horn can cause a bicyclist to lose control.


#11. A police officer may stop and cite a driver for not wearing a safety belt:

Kansas law requires that all occupants use safety restraints in passenger vehicles. Seatbelt use is a primary violation in Kansas. If a law enforcement officer sees an unrestrained adult in a front seat, or an unrestrained child anywhere in the vehicle, then that vehicle can be stopped solely for that violation.


#12. A good advice to avoid last minute moves when driving is to:

Tailor your driving behavior to the unexpected actions of other drivers and conditions. You should be constantly aware of the road and the other vehicles around you. Keep shifting your eyes from one area of the roadway to another, near and far left and right. Avoid staring directly in front of your car. Leave as much space between your vehicle and the one ahead as you possibly can.


#13. Because motorcycles are smaller and more difficult to see than cars:

Motorcycles/scooters/mopeds are small and, therefore, more difficult to see. The smaller profile can make it more difficult to judge the speed and distance as they approach. Before turning left, be alert for them by looking carefully to the front and sides of your vehicle. Their size also allows them to duck easily into your blind spot. Always make a visual check for motorcycles/scooters/mopeds by checking mirrors and blind spots by turning your head and looking before entering or leaving a lane of traffic and at intersections.


#14. During a rainfall, when are roadways usually more slippery?

Roadways are more slippery when it first starts to rain, snow or sleet as the water will mix with dirt, oil and other substances on the roadway. Since heat causes the oil in the asphalt roadway to come to the top of the surface a sudden rain on a hot day can make the roadway pavement very slippery for the first few minutes. The surface is more slippery before the oil is washed off.


#15. If you need to use arm signals, how would you signal a left turn?

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


#16. Where is passing another vehicle on two-lane roads against the law?

You may not cross the left side of the road:

  • Within 100 feet of crossing any intersection or railroad grade crossing.
  • Within 100 feet of a bridge, viaduct, or tunnel if your view is obstructed.
  • Any time when left side of road is not clearly visible and free of oncoming traffic.
  • When approaching within 100 feet of a stationary emergency vehicle displaying emergency lighting signals.

#17. 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.


#18. What does this sign mean?

Slippery when wet. All pavement is slippery when wet, but this sign warns of extreme conditions.


#19. If you are caught speeding in a work zone:

Fines for speeding in a work zone are doubled.


#20. An instruction permit does not allow you to drive:

The holder of the permit may operate a passenger car at any time if accompanied by an adult who has a valid class A, B or C license, who is at least 21 years of age and has at least 1 year of driving experience occupying the seat beside the driver.


#21. What shape is used for stop signs?

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.


#22. If your car starts to skid, you should do all of the following except:

You should not brake hard. If you start to skid: ease off the gas pedal, stop braking, and turn the steering wheel in the direction of the skid. This question asked what you should not do.


#23. What does this sign mean?

This sign is used on side road to indicate approach to a divided highway. You may be required to stop. At the first roadway, you can only turn right, and at the second roadway, you can only turn left.


#24. When taking a prescription drug, who is responsible for deciding if you can drive or not?

It is your responsibility to know when you are not in shape to drive to drive safely. When given a prescription for drugs or medicine, ask your doctor about side effects that may affect your driving. Before you take an over-the-counter drug, check the label for warnings about its effect.


#25. Which light indicates that you may make a protected turn (oncoming traffic is stopped by a red light)?

Proceed with caution only in the direction the arrow points. Remember that you must yield to all pedestrians and vehicles already in the intersection. When the green arrow is shown in a left-turn signal, it means that opposing traffic is stopped. This is known as a protected turn. Remember, the green arrow does not mean that ALL other traffic is stopped by a red light.

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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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