Missouri Written Test for Instruction Permit & Driver License



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The Road Rules Test

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The Road Signs Test


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The Road Rules Test

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The Road Signs Test

#1. When brakes fail:

When brakes fail, do not panic. You should:

  • Pump the brake pedal several times. This will often build up enough brake pressure to allow you to stop.
  • If that does not work, use the parking brake. Apply the parking brake gradually.
  • Shift to a low gear and look for a place to slow to a stop.
  • Make sure the vehicle is off the roadway.
  • After the vehicle has stopped, call for help. Do not try to drive to a garage.

#2. If your car stalls on railroad tracks and you cannot restart it:

All occupants should exit the vehicle. If no train is in sight, put your vehicle in neutral and push it off the tracks.


#3. When must you use your headlights?

You must use headlights when you cannot see persons or vehicles clearly at a distance of 500 feet ahead. You must also use headlights 30 minutes after sunset until 30 minutes before sunrise and when rain, mist, snow, or other precipitation requires constant use of windshield wipers.


#4. If there is snow or ice on the road, you should slow down and:

If there is snow or ice on the road, slow down and do not use your vehicle’s cruise control system.


#5. The driver ahead signals:

Right turn – left arm extended, with elbow bent upward, at about a 90-degree angle.


#6. You should always allow more space than normal in front of your vehicle when following:

You should allow extra space when following a motorcycle. Motorcyclists change speed and lane position when encountering bad road conditions, such as manhole covers, diagonal railroad tracks, road debris, or in strong winds. Be ready to react.


#7. You must always keep proof of your liability insurance:

State law requires all motor vehicle operators and owners to have a form of liability insurance. You must always carry proof of insurance when you drive. If a law enforcement officer asks you for proof and you cannot show it, you will receive a ticket.

Filing proof of insurance with the Driver License Bureau is only needed under certain circumstances.


#8. The blood alcohol concentration (BAC) 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, a driver can register a BAC of .00 percent and still be convicted of a DUI.


#9. You have stopped at a red light at an intersection when an emergency vehicle with flashing lights approaches from behind. If the light turns green, you should:

If the traffic light is red, stay where you are (driving against a red light is still illegal, unless you are directed to do so). Make sure you can hear any instructions or directions given over a loudspeaker. Your immediate reaction to such directions may be critically needed.

When the traffic light turns green, you should not proceed, unless directed to do so.


#10. When a school bus displays flashing amber lights near the top of the bus, it tells you:

Amber warning lights will flash 500 feet before the bus comes to a designated stop.


#11. The distance it takes to stop a car mainly changes with which of the following?

Your stopping distance equals your reaction distance plus your braking distance. Perception and reaction can be affected by human factors such as tiredness, alcohol, fatigue, and concentration levels. Braking distance depends on factors such as: tires, brakes, road, and weather conditions.


#12. You can legally park your car:

Handicapped parking spaces may only be used when the vehicle displays a handicapped person placard or license plates, and a physically handicapped person is the occupant of the motor vehicle at the time of parking, or a physically handicapped person is being dropped off or picked up.

Never park on a crosswalk or a bridge. It is also illegal to park in front of a public or private driveway.


#13. Who must yield at a four-way stop?

At a four-way stop, the driver reaching the intersection first may proceed before the other drivers (after coming to a complete stop).


#14. Instructions from highway construction personnel:

Remember, you must stop for a work zone flagman and obey traffic control devices erected in the construction zone or work zone for purposes of controlling the flow of motor vehicles through the zone


#15. When merging onto an interstate highway or a controlled access highway:

When changing lanes, look in your rearview and side mirrors. You must also turn your head and check your blind spot.

Use the ramp and acceleration lane to reach interstate speed so you can merge smoothly. Do not drive to the end of the acceleration lane and stop. Unnecessary stopping causes many rear-end collisions and also obstructs the flow of traffic.


#16. The safest place for a car passenger 12 years of age and younger is:

Children 12 and under should always ride properly restrained in a rear seat.


#17. Which is required equipment on your car:

Two white headlights, two red taillights and reflectors, and safety glass in all windows are required equipment


#18. If you need to look at a map while driving, you should:

If you need to look at a map, pull safely off the road. Do not try to read the map while you are driving.


#19. When this signal is shown for a dual-use lane marked as a through lane and left turn lane:

When both arrows appear on the electric traffic signal, you may either turn or go straight. But if you want to turn, and only the straight arrow is showing, you must wait for the turn arrow.


#20. Which pavement marking separates traffic traveling in opposite directions?

If the line on the left of you is yellow, the traffic on the other side of the line is moving in the opposite direction.


#21. Where is a U-turn not allowed?

In Missouri, it is illegal to make a U-turn at any intersection controlled by a traffic signal or police officer. It is also illegal to make a U-turn on any curve or near the crest of a hill when your vehicle may not be seen by other drivers. Some towns and cities do not allow U-turns at all. Where U-turns are allowed, you should only make a U-turn when it is safe.


#22. When your view is obstructed upon approaching within 100 feet of any bridge or viaduct, you must:

No vehicle shall at any time be driven to the left side of the roadway when the view is obstructed upon approaching within 100 feet of any bridge, viaduct, or tunnel.


#23. Deer are most active:

Highest-risk periods are from sunset to midnight and the hours shortly before and after sunrise (dusk and dawn).


#24. If your car breaks down on a highway, you should:

If your vehicle breaks down on a highway, make sure other drivers can see you and your vehicle. If at all possible, get your vehicle off the road and away from traffic. Alert other drivers by turning on your emergency flashers. It is also helpful to raise the hood, or tie a white cloth to the antenna. Never stand in the roadway!


#25. When you reach a roundabout you must:

When approaching a roundabout intersection, always yield to traffic in the circle and pedestrians in the crosswalks. Wait for a gap in traffic before entering.

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Missouri Written Knowledge Test

Quick facts for your learner’s permit or full driver’s license examination:

  Number of Questions: 25
  Correct answers needed: 20
  Passing score: 80 percent
  Time limit: No
  Earliest retest upon failure: 1 day

Missouri Written Practice Test – Pool of 500+ Questions

This written practice test has 25 questions, just like the real Missouri knowledge examination.

The test is random, which means that each set of questions are drawn from a larger bank of more than 500 questions. It means that each time you take the test, it will be slightly different with new questions.

You need 20 correct answers to pass the real written exam. We recommend that you aim higher than that when you practice.

Answers to all exam questions are found in the Missouri Driver Guide . Get yourself a copy from a service center or download a PDF-version online. Study it before you do anything else. You need to learn and understand all rules described in the manual.

DMV will also ask you to take a separate road sign identification test. This test is mandatory even if you transfer a license from another state to a Missouri Driver’s License. You will also be asked to take this test when you renew your license.

You can practice for the road sign identification test here: MO Road Sign Recognition Test .

The Official Missouri Driver Examination

The Missouri driver examination has four parts:

  A vision screening
  The road sign identification test
  The written multiple-choice test
  A final road skills test

If you are under 18 years, the Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) program introduces you to your driving privilege through three steps:

  Instruction permit
  Intermediate license (restricted license)
  The under-21 driver license

What You Should Know about the Written Test

You take this multiple-choice test at a driver examination station. There are currently no option to take an online test from home.

The written test is a closed-book test. You cannot bring books or papers into the testing area and you cannot use your cell phone during the test.

The test is not timed. You have plenty of time to carefully read all questions and answer choices.

Expect the test to take about 15 minutes.

Should you fail the test, you can usually take it again the next day, depending on availability.

Besides English, the test is offered in the following foreign languages:




Note that all languages may not be available at all testing stations.

Is the Missouri Written Test Hard?

While the Missouri road sign recognition test is rated “very easy”, the multiple-choice knowledge test is “very hard”. It is estimated that about 60% of all first-time test takers fail this test.

You should prepare well for the test by studying the Driver Guide more than once and take many practice tests until you can reach a full score.

Very Hard - DMV Test difficulty grading by licenseroute

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