Oklahoma Permit Practice for the DPS Knowledge Exam



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#1. Blue road signs are used for:

Blue is used for road user services such as food, gas, lodging, and rest area signs.


#2. Parking 21 feet from the nearest rail of a railroad crossing:

It is illegal to park within 50 feet of the nearest rail of a railroad crossing.


#3. If you strike an unattended vehicle and are unable to find the owner, you must:

If you hit a parked car or other property and you cannot locate the owner, leave your name and address on the damaged property where the owner will find it.


#4. What do the light gray areas in the picture mark?

When turning or changing lanes, look over your shoulder in the direction you plan to move. Be sure no one is near the rear corners of your vehicle. These areas are called blind spots because you cannot see them through your mirrors. You must turn your head and look to see vehicles in your blind spot.


#5. You must always show your driver's license to:

Always carry your license with you when you drive. You are required by law to show it to a trooper, police officer, sheriff, or judge when asked. You must also show your license to anyone with whom you are involved in a collision.


#6. A steady yellow X over a traffic lane means:

Lane-use control signals show how specific lanes of a street or highway should be used. A steady yellow X means that the direction of lane is changing and that you should prepare to change lanes).


#7. What does this sign mean?

Divided highway begins ahead. Two-lane highway ends. The highway ahead is divided into two one-way roadways with a center strip (median).


#8. If you see a pedestrian with a white cane at a crosswalk, you must:

Drivers must give the right-of-way to any blind person crossing the street. Blind pedestrians will normally have a guide dog or will be using a cane. The cane may be all white, white with a red tip, or chrome. The person will tap it on the pavement ahead. The law says you should:

  • Stop immediately and let the person pass.
  • Stop outside the crosswalk, not in the crosswalk.
  • A vehicle must stop 15 feet away for a blind person in the roadway or at an intersection.

#9. The blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level at which it is illegal for any person under 21 years to drive is:

It is unlawful and punishable as stated below, for any person under 21 years of age to drive, operate, or be in actual physical control of a motor vehicle who has any measurable quantity of alcohol in the blood or breath at the time a test is administered. Remember, observations and information gathered by the arresting officer are also evidence that may be used in court and can result in a conviction without a BAC test. This applies if you exhibit evidence of being under the influence of any other intoxicating substance or exhibit evidence of the combined influence of alcohol and any other intoxicating substance.


#10. When a traffic signal is showing a steady red light:

A steady red light means stop. Come to a complete stop before entering the crosswalk or intersection. You must remain stopped until the light turns green.

After coming to a complete stop, you may turn right on red unless there are signs forbidding the turn.

You may also turn left from a one-way street into a one-way street – unless there are signs forbidding the turn.

When you turn, you must yield to all pedestrians and vehicles using the intersection, including bicycles.


#11. When you plan to pass another vehicle on the left, you should:

Do not move to the left until you are sure you can do it safely. Never get so close to the vehicle ahead that the vehicle blocks your view of the road ahead. Check your rearview mirror and look over your shoulder to check your blind spots. Signal, and when clear, move into the left lane. Do not return to the right lane until you can see the other car in the rearview mirror. Signal and pull into lane.


#12. You are driving on a country road at night and a vehicle with high beams comes toward you. What should you do?

You must use your low beams (dimmed lights) when you are approaching within 1,000 feet of an oncoming vehicle.

Glare from oncoming headlights, billboard and advertising lights, and in some conditions, from streetlights, can interfere with your night driving vision because your eyes take longer to adjust. To avoid glare from oncoming vehicles, look down to the right-hand edge of the pavement.


#13. The blind spot behind a large truck can stretch up to:

A truck’s blind spots are immediately in front, on either side of the cab, and up to 200 feet in the rear.


#14. A dashed yellow center line:

A dashed yellow line separates lanes of traffic moving in opposite directions. Stay to the right of the line, unless you are passing. When passing, you may cross this line temporarily when it is safe to do so.


#15. You are following a school bus and there is a railroad crossing ahead. You must slow down and be prepared to stop because the bus:

Some vehicles must stop before crossing train tracks. These vehicles include buses, church buses, school buses, and trucks transporting hazardous loads.


#16. When a traffic officer is directing you to drive against a red light, you should:

You must obey any traffic direction, order, or signal by a traffic or police officer or a flag person even if it conflicts with existing signs, signals, or laws.


#17. What does the basic speed rule mean?

The basic speed does not set an exact speed limit but means that the speed you may drive is limited by the current conditions. Your speed must always be careful and prudent (using skill and good judgment). It must also be reasonable and proper, not too fast and not too slow, for the current conditions. You must not drive so slowly that you block, hinder, or interfere with other vehicles moving at normal speeds. Always adjust your speed to conditions so you can stop within a clear distance head.


#18. Instructions given by a flagger in a construction zone:

Flag persons are used in cases of extreme hazard. They stand in the road and wear orange hats and orange vests, shirts, or jackets. They hold red signs or flags to direct traffic. The law demands that you obey them.


#19. A drug conviction while using a motor vehicle will result in:

State law requires that the driving privilege be revoked for any drug conviction (misdemeanor or felony – does not have to involve a motor vehicle).


#20. Defensive driving means that you should:

Defensive driving means you should do everything you can to avoid getting into trouble in traffic and on the road. Obey all traffic rules and be prepared to adjust for driving errors of others. Have a plan of action in case another driver does something stupid.

Remember, drivers should protect each other from their own mistakes.

Study the list of defensive driving tips in your driver’s manual.


#21. When driving on a clear night with a steady stream of oncoming traffic, you should use:

Use low beams when following other vehicles, when meeting oncoming vehicles, and when driving in the city where there are streetlights. Use high beams only when driving in the open country without other cars near. Parking lights are not for highway driving.


#22. What does this sign mean?

Stop sign ahead. When you come to this sign, slow down to be ready to stop at the stop sign.


#23. If you are traveling 60 mph and suddenly need to stop, how far will your car approximately go, before you react and can start braking (1.5 seconds)?

The process of stopping your car has three main components: perception, reaction and braking. Perception and reaction are affected by human factors, but it usually takes longer to stop than most people realize. The time it takes to perceive a danger is usually half a second, and the time it takes to react is approximately two thirds of a second to one second. In that time (1.5 seconds) a car has traveled 132 feet.

Note: the handbook talks about 1.16 seconds, but the values in the table represent the distance traveled in 1.5 seconds. This is also used in this question.


#24. When are you most at risk of drowsy driving?

Drowsiness is one of the greatest dangers in interstate highway driving. Be thoroughly rested before starting a long drive. Make regular rest stops, even if you are not tired.


#25. The road is wet when you approach this sign. Which of the following is most likely to cause a problem?

Slippery when wet.

Slow down on wet road. Do not suddenly turn, speed up, or stop. This sign is often located near bridges and overpasses, since there may be ice on bridges when the rest of the pavement is clear.

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Oklahoma DPS Driver Knowledge Test

Quick facts about your Oklahoma written test for a Driver License or Learner Permit:

  Number of Questions: 50
  Correct answers needed: 40
  Passing score: 80 percent
  Time limit: No
  Earliest retest upon failure: Next day

The Oklahoma Sample and Practice Test

This sample test is designed to help you practice for the official driver knowledge test in Oklahoma.

Each set is limited to 25 sample questions, unlike the real written knowledge test that has 50 questions. The limitation is deliberate. Most users find it easier to practice with a smaller number of questions.

After each question, there is an instant feedback to let you know if your answer is correct or not. When your answer is incorrect, you can also find a short description of the correct answer. Use this to make sure you fully understand why your choice was wrong. Use the Driver Manual to look up more information.

Each set is random, and questions are pulled from a larger question bank that covers all important areas of the manual. You should, however, be aware that randomized tests also mean that the questions you get may not include all possible questions on your exam. Wordings may also be slightly different.

The Official Knowledge Examination in Oklahoma

As mentioned, the official exam consists of 50 questions about road rules, Oklahoma traffic laws, and the meaning of common traffic signs and signals. To pass the examination you must correctly answer 40 questions; a passing score of 80%.

Should you fail the written knowledge test, you can at the examiners discretion take it again the next day. Should you fail the Oklahoma test three times in a row, a longer wait time kicks in, so it is a good idea to try to get it right from the beginning. With these practice tests your chances of passing the first time are almost 100%.

The test is only available in English and Spanish. If you have trouble reading and understanding any of these languages, you can bring an interpreter, but be aware that Oklahoma Department of Public Safety (DPS) does not pay for the interpreter.

There is a new fee for each time you take the written test, which is another reason for you to try to get it right the first time.

The knowledge examination is a closed book test. You cannot bring manuals, papers, backpacks, or notes into the testing area. Mute and put away your cell phone before you start your test.

At this point, Oklahoma DPS does not offer any kind of online testing from home.

Oklahoma DPS test - photo by Andrea Piacquadio

The Importance of the Oklahoma Driver Manual

The Oklahoma Driver Manual outlines all rules, traffic laws, and road signs you must know for your written test.

The test is constructed to make sure you have read and understood the contents of the manual, which is why you should always start by getting a copy.

For a small fee, you can get a hard copy at Motor License agents (Tag Agents ). You can also download a PDF-version of the OK Manual and keep on your phone, tablet, or computer.

Without previous experience of driving, it is difficult to pass the knowledge examination without reading the manual.

We recommend that you read the manual at least a couple of times and use practice test to verify and expand your knowledge.

Is the Oklahoma Written Test Hard?

Oklahoma DPS does not release failure rates on the knowledge test, but it is estimated that more than 25% of all first-time test takers fail the examination. The difficulty level is rated “moderate”.

Moderate - DMV Test difficulty grading by licenseroute

Who Must Pass the Written Exam?

  First-time applicants.

Whenever you apply for an Oklahoma driver license or Learner Permit and haven’t been licensed before, you must pass all applicable requirements, including the knowledge exam.

  Drivers who had their license revoked.

A revocation means that your driving privilege is taken away and will not be automatically reinstated after the revocation period. It is much more serious than a suspension.

If your license was revoked, you must wait until the revocation period has ended and apply for a new license. Just like a first-time applicant, you must pass all tests again.

  Drivers who let their license expire more than three years.

When you renew your driver license, DPS will not ask for a new test unless they have reason to believe that you are unfit to drive or if you have let your license expire more than three years.

  Drivers with a foreign driver license.

Drivers who move to Oklahoma and hold a driver license from a country other than United States, Canada, or Germany must pass the knowledge test when they replace their foreign license with an Oklahoma license.

For drivers with a license from United States, Canada, or Germany both the knowledge exam and the road skills test are waived, but the must still pass the vision screening.

Oklahoma Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) Program

Oklahoma GDL is a program that helps young driver gain driving experience through different phases and restricts driving in high-risk environment. The rules affect all new drivers between 15 and 18 years.

The program includes four different stages:

  No license

A teenager who is at least 15 years can start practice driving without a license, as long as they are enrolled in a driver education and while they are receiving instruction from and accompanied by a certified driver education instructor.

  Learner Permit

A learner permit is issued if a teenager is at least 15 years and six months old, have passed the written test, and is enrolled in or has completed a driver education.

In addition to practice driving while supervised by a certified driver education instructor, the teen can now also drive together with any licensed driver at least 21 years old and who occupies the front seat beside the teen. Driving is restricted from 5:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Without a driver education, a teen must wait until they are 16 years before DPS issues a permit.

  Intermediate License

To be eligible for an intermediate or provisional license, a teenager must:

  • hold a permit for at least six months,
  • complete at least 50 hours of behind-the-wheel training (10 hours night driving),
  • have no traffic convictions, and
  • pass the road skills test.

The intermediate license allows a teenager to drive without supervision. Driving is, however, generally restricted to daytime driving and with no more than one non-family passenger.

After holding the intermediate License for at least 6 months (one year with no driver education), a teenager can move on to apply for an unrestricted license.

  Unrestricted Driver License

To be eligible for the full and unrestricted driver license, an applicant under 18 years must have held the intermediate license for at least six months (one year with no driver education) and have no traffic convictions.

If the applicant is 18 years or older, the GDL requirements no longer applies.

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