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Free DMV Written Test Practice for California | Updated for (CA)

  • Perfect for learner’s permit, driver’s license, and Senior Refresher Test
  • Based on official California 2024 Driver's manual
  • Updated for July 2024

About this test

Verified by Steven Litvintchouk, M.S., Chief Educational Researcher, Member of ACES. See our detailed commitment to accuracy and quality in our practice tests.
6 min to complete
Available in EN, ES, RU

California residents 15 ½ or older may apply for their driver’s permit to begin learning how to drive. In order to get your learner’s permit, you’ll need to take the California DMV written test, which will have 46 questions and you’ll be required to answer 38 correctly to pass. To get a permit, you’ll pay a $33 fee and must take a standard vision test at your local DMV, in addition to the written knowledge test. Those under 17 ½ will also be required to provide proof they are enrolled or have completed a driver’s education program. The DMV written test will be based on the information provided in the 2024 California Driver Handbook and will be multiple-choice and offered on a touchscreen computer. The fee for your written exam is good for 12 months and covers the cost of taking the test up to three times if need be. Use this DMV practice test to make sure you pass the first time!

What to expect on the actual CA DMV exam

46

questions

38

correct answers to pass

83%

passing score

15 ½ y/o

minimum age to apply

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List of questions (classic view)

  1. When you approach a roundabout, you must enter to the _______ of the central island.
  2. What does this sign mean?
  3. When you turn off a high-speed, two-lane roadway, _______ if you have traffic following you.
  4. Your vehicle breaks down on a freeway. You are not able to move the vehicle off the road completely as the road shoulder is too narrow. What is the best thing to do?
  5. Blind pedestrians may carry _________canes or use guide dogs.
  6. When you park and leave your vehicle on a highway or street, you should NOT
  7. Which of these signs indicates a hospital ahead?
  8. All regulatory devices on the road tell you
  9. It is unsafe for you to pass when
  10. _________ are the most likely places for car and motorcycle collisions to occur.
  11. What does this sign indicate?
  12. If you are approaching a stop sign, you must
  13. What is the first rule of a safe and legal turn?
  14. A yield sign indicates that a driver must slow down and be prepared to _________ if a vehicle or pedestrian with the right-of-way is approaching from another direction.
  15. Before backing up your vehicle, you should look to the front, sides, and rear, and continue to look _________ while backing.
  16. In California, the speed limit for a blind intersection is
  17. You must use your high-beam headlights in all of the following situations, except
  18. Before reaching the crest of a hill or entering a curve, you must _________, and watch for oncoming vehicles.
  19. If a tire suddenly goes flat while you're driving, you should
  20. High-Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes are reserved for
  21. A center lane between lanes of traffic traveling in opposite directions may be designated for
  22. If you plan to turn beyond an intersection, you must
  23. When parking on a public road, you must park parallel to and within ____ inches of the curb or edge of the roadway.
  24. What should you do if another driver tailgates your vehicle?
  25. What does this sign mean?
  26. When should you switch on your high-beam headlights?
  27. When turning left from a multi-lane one-way road onto another one-way road, start your turn from
  28. Which of the following statements about passing other vehicles is true?
  29. Which of the following statements about using headlights is FALSE?
  30. Following too closely behind another vehicle is called
  31. You are driving on the freeway and notice another driver using a handheld cell phone. What is the best thing to do?
  32. When you turn left from a one-way street onto another one-way street, you should turn into
  33. Large electronic flashing arrow panels may be used in work zones day and night to
  34. At an intersection, you should yield to another vehicle
  35. The wide white line painted across a traffic lane before an intersection is known as a
  36. What does this sign mean?
  37. What should you do if you are overtaking a bicycle and an oncoming vehicle is approaching at the same time?
  38. If a car approaches you with its high-beam headlights on, you must __________ to keep yourself from being temporarily blinded.
  39. Lanes of traffic going in opposite directions are divided by
  40. On a highway with three or more lanes going in one direction, vehicles passing others or turning left should use