New Hampshire Written Knowledge Test for Your Driver License



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#1. Which of the following must you obey over the other two?

A police officer directing traffic overrules any traffic light or sign and must be obeyed.


#2. Unless otherwise posted, what is the speed limit in any business or urban residence district?

The maximum speed limits in New Hampshire are:

  • 30 mph in business or urban residence districts.
  • 35 mph in rural residence district and outside cities and towns
  • 45 or 55 miles per hour in other locations, except interstates and turnpikes.

#3. When brakes fail and you cannot get them to work:

Engage the parking brake. Pull on the parking brake handle in the center console or push the parking brake foot pedal slowly to avoid locking the rear wheels and causing a skid. Be ready to release the brake if the vehicle starts skid.


#4. At a fire hydrant, parking is not allowed:

Parking is not allowed within 15 feet of a fire hydrant.


#5. What does this sign mean?

Bicycle crossing. Bicycles regularly cross or ride beside traffic in this area. Drive with caution.


#6. You should not attempt to pass another vehicle:

Do not attempt to pass when an oncoming vehicle is approaching, when your view is blocked by a curve or a hill, while at intersections, or before a highway-railroad crossing or bridge.


#7. After coming to a full stop, you may turn right at a red light unless:

A steady red signal means stop.

You may make a right turn on a red signal only if:

  • there is no sign prohibiting a right turn on red and
  • (if the intersection is equipped) a steady DON’T WALK signal is being displayed.

Remember, it is a violation of the law to make a right turn on red when a steady or flashing walk signal is being displayed even if there are no pedestrians in the crosswalk.


#8. The most effective means of reducing serious injuries in a traffic crash is:

The most effective safety restraints are lap/shoulder belt and air bag. Your chances are 3 to 4 times better if you are wearing both a seat belt and a shoulder strap. Even if your vehicle is equipped with air bags, you should wear your safety belts.


#9. When you approach a roundabout, you should:

Approaching vehicles must yield to the traffic in the circle. They must also yield to pedestrians and bicyclists who are legally crossing the road.


#10. Before turning left or right you should signal during the last:

An appropriate signal gives other roadway users time to react to the driver’s vehicle movements. Drivers should signal at least 100 feet before a turn, and on the highway, drivers should signal at least 500 feet before changing lanes or exiting the roadway.


#11. Before entering an intersection, it is recommended that drivers:

Before moving after stopping at an intersection, drivers should take the extra time to check for crossing traffic and bicyclists. It is recommended that drivers look left, then right and left again before entering the intersection.


#12. You should always pay special attention to motorcycles because:

Motorcycles are not easily identified in traffic. Because of their size, they are easily hidden in the vehicle’s blind spot.

Even when seen, it is difficult for some drivers to judge how far away motorcyclists are. Finally, even when seen and the distance away is correctly judged, some drivers cannot tell how fast motorcycles are going.

Regardless of who is legally at fault in vehicle/cycle crashes, the motorcyclist usually is the loser. Your general awareness of motorcycles in traffic combined with your special attention in the situations described above can reduce motorcycle crashes, injuries, and deaths.


#13. The blood alcohol level at which it is illegal for any person 21 years or older to drive is:

In South Dakota it is illegal to operate a motor vehicle with a BAC of 0.08 percent or higher. Even under 0.08 percent, you are still impaired. Under the law, you can still be convicted for driving impaired. Under South Dakota’s zero tolerance law, it is unlawful for any person under the age of 21 to operate a motor vehicle with a BAC of 0.02 percent or higher.


#14. This sign means:

This sign prohibits the driver from entering a restricted road section.

When you see this sign, do not drive onto that street or ramp from your direction.

The sign is square, not round.


#15. To prepare for hazards on the road, you should:

Something for drivers to remember: turn your head before you turn the wheel. Drivers need to be aware of what is happening around their vehicle. Drivers must look ahead, to the sides and behind the vehicle, and should develop a searching pattern that can be used every time.

Drivers should keep their eyes moving and searching for possible problems. Looking ahead down the road, looking past the vehicles in front of the driver, and continually checking mirrors will help make drivers aware of potential dangers.


#16. A sign with this shape means:

Pennant shape (sidewise triangle) means no passing. This sign, found on the left side of the road, gives you warning of no passing zones ahead.

The shapes and colors of highway signs have special meanings. This helps you pick out signs quickly.


#17. If a school bus with flashing red lights has stopped on the opposite side of a highway with a physical barrier, you must:

Drivers must stop at least 25-feet in any direction for a school bus that is stopped with its red lights flashing and/or the stop arm extended at all times unless the roadway is separated by a physical barrier. Drivers shall remain stopped until the school bus resumes motion or until the flashing red lights cease to operate. Proceed slowly while always watching for children.


#18. What does the markings in center lane (B) mean?

White arrows are painted on some highway lanes to help guide drivers into the proper lanes for turns and through traffic. Always use traffic lanes as they are defined by pavement markings and road signs.

When a lane is marked with a curved arrow and the word ONLY, you must turn in the direction of the arrow.


#19. When driving at night in heavy traffic, you should use:

Use the high beams whenever there are no oncoming vehicles and dim the high beams for all approaching traffic.


#20. If there is a stop sign and a stop line painted across the pavement at intersection, you must:

White stop lines are usually located on the pavement to show drivers where to stop. After initially stopping at the required point, a driver should look both ways and proceed forward making sure it is safe to continue into the intersection. If there is no white stop line but only a crosswalk present, then drivers must stop before the crosswalk. If no crosswalk lines are present, drivers should come to a full stop prior to entering the intersection.

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The New Hampshire Written Knowledge Test

Key numbers for your official knowledge exam in New Hampshire:

  Test questions: 40
  Passing score: 80%
  Correct answers: 32
  Time limit: 40 minutes
  Earliest retest if you fail: 10 days

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Practice for Your New Hampshire Written Test

The official written knowledge test in New Hampshire is designed to verify your knowledge of New Hampshire’s motor vehicle laws, rules of the road, and safe driving guidelines, and many other driving related subjects.

To prepare for this written exam you should:

  Get a copy of New Hampshire’s Driver’s Manual
  Use practice tests to check your progress.

You Will Find Everything in the Manual

Remember, the NH Driver’s Manual is your best friend when preparing for the written knowledge test. Don’t spend too much time browsing the internet for the exact exam questions, because you will not find them.

It is your responsibility as a driver to be familiar with the motor vehicle laws in New Hampshire. By understanding rules and regulations that directly or indirectly affect all drivers, you will become a better driver and you will hopefully be at less risk of being involved in an accident.

The Driver’s Manual has everything you need to learn for the examination and is also an excellent guide for understanding many safe driving practices.

You can get your copy at any DMV office or download it online .

You need at least a day or two to read and understand everything in the manual. After that, you should keep it handy during all study sessions and return to it when you need more information or repeat some chapters.

The New Hampshire Driver's Manual -

Does Practice Tests Help?

Research shows that students who use practice tests or quizzes have a far better chance of passing an exam than students who rely on the manual or notes alone.

The more you practice, the more likely you are to pass the exam.

With a pool of more than 500 question, will help you achieve a passing score on your first try.

Is it the Same Questions on the Real Exam?

This practice test is a sample test with questions designed specifically to help you with the New Hampshire exam. It has 20 random questions drawn from all parts of the information in the manual.

You can take the test over and over again, each time there will be a new set of questions.

Questions cover the same items as the real exam and can be the same that you will see on your test. But remember that the computerized exam is random, which means that you never know which questions you will get. Wording may also differ between a sample test and a real exam.

The real exam has 40 questions, but the practice test is limited to 20 questions in each set. On the real test, you will see 4 choices – on this practice test there is 3 choices. Only one choice is correct.

Is NH Written Test Timed?

Yes, the New Hampshire knowledge test is timed. The allotted time for your exam is 40 minutes, which may not seem to be much, but you should know that most test takers finish in less than 30 minutes.

Is NH Written Test Difficult?

About 25% of all first-time test takers fail the exam, which is a low failure rate compared to many other states.

Easy - DMV Test difficulty grading by licenseroute

What Happens If I Fail the Test?

If you fail your first attempt at the test, there is a mandatory wait time of at least 10 days before you can take the test again.

Together with Virginia, New Hampshire has the longest wait time before retesting is available.

How Old Must I be to Get a Permit in New Hampshire?

Unlike other states, New Hampshire does not issue special non-commercial learner permits.

You can start practice your driving skills on New Hampshire roads if you:

  Are at least 15½ years old and carry proof of your age.
  Drive accompanied by a parent, legal guardian, or other licensed adult who is at least 25 years.
  Drive a non-commercial vehicle.

Must I Complete a Driver Education to Get a Driver License?

In New Hampshire, a driver education is mandatory for all new drivers under 18 years.

The driver education must consist of:

  30 hours of classroom instruction
  10 hours of practice driving
  16 hours of driving observation

In addition, a teenager must complete 40 hours of additional supervised driving with a parent, guardian, or other responsible adult. 10 of these hours must be completed at night.

A driver education course is also required for non-US citizens who move to New Hampshire and don’t have previous driving experience.

Driver education is offered at many public high schools in New Hampshire and at over 60 driving schools throughout the state.

How Old Must I be to Get a Driver License in New Hampshire?

New Hampshire does not issue a driver license unless the applicant is at least 16 years old.

To get your first non-commercial driver license, you must the vision test, the knowledge test, and a road skills test.

What are the Restrictions on My First Driver License?

Drivers under 21 years old will be issued a Youth Operator License which will expire on the driver’s 21st birthday.

If you are under 18 years, you cannot:

  Drive between the hours of 1:00 a.m. and 4:00 a.m.
  Have more than 1 non-family passenger under 25 years during the first 6 months
  Never have more passengers than seat belts or safety restraints in the vehicle.


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