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Free District of Columbia DMV Permit Practice Test (DC)

  • Perfect for learner’s permit, driver’s license, and Senior Refresher Test
  • Based on official District of Columbia 2024 Driver's manual
  • Updated for June 2024
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About this test

6 min to complete
Available in EN, ES, RU

This District of Columbia DMV practice test has just been updated for June 2024 and covers 25 of the most essential road signs and rules questions directly from the official 2024 DC Driver Handbook. By studying and practicing with our online test, you’ll be able to refine your knowledge, review what you know about DC road rules and road signs, and see what else you need to cover before you go for the real test. Just like the real thing, this test is made up of 25 multiple-choice questions. You’ll need to answer at least 20 of the questions correctly to pass the actual exam. Don’t worry if you’re unsure; you can take this practice test as many times as you wish absolutely free of charge. Each time, the questions and answer choices will be randomly shuffled. We also provide a helpful hint and an explanation of the correct answer for each question. At the end of this practice test, you’ll see a button that will allow you to share your results on Facebook and tell your friends about it. Good luck!


District of Columbia Learner’s Permit Test FAQs in 2024

Can the permit test be taken online?

No, in the District of Columbia, the permit test must be taken in person at a DMV service center. Online testing options are not available.

How challenging is the permit test?

The level of difficulty for the permit test can vary, but with adequate preparation, including studying the DC Driver Manual and taking practice tests, many applicants find it manageable.

What are the steps to obtain a permit?

To get a permit in the District of Columbia, you need to be at least 16 years old, pass a vision screening and a knowledge test, and provide necessary identification and residency documents.

How long does the permit test take?

The DC permit test typically takes about 45 minutes to complete, but the time can vary depending on the individual’s pace.

What is the cost of a learner’s permit?

The fee for a learner’s permit in the District of Columbia is approximately $50, but it’s advisable to check the latest fee on the DC DMV website or at a DMV service center.


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List of questions (classic view)

  1. A vehicle's tires riding on a layer of water on the road is known as
  2. You must use the __________ rule to maintain an adequate distance between your vehicle and the one in front of you.
  3. If you miss your exit on an interstate, you must
  4. What does this sign indicate?
  5. If an emergency vehicle with flashing red lights or a siren is approaching in your lane, you are required to
  6. In the District of Columbia, it is legal to pass __________ on one-way roads, if there is room for more than one lane of traffic.
  7. A roundabout is a circular intersection with all traffic moving
  8. This sign warns you of a
  9. When approaching an uncontrolled intersection at which there are no signs or working traffic lights, you must
  10. On a road with two or more lanes traveling in the same direction, you must stay in the _________ except to pass.
  11. Yellow pavement markings on a divided highway indicate
  12. What does this sign mean?
  13. When you park your vehicle on a two-way road, you must park parallel to and within_________ of the curb.
  14. When parking your vehicle on a downhill grade, you should turn your front wheels
  15. To protect the cyclists that may ride close to parked cars, the drivers should _____ when exiting their vehicles on the traffic side.
  16. What does this warning sign mean?
  17. When you decide to leave an interstate, you must get into
  18. If you see a vehicle coming toward you in your lane, you should
  19. Which of the following is the correct hand signal for a left turn?
  20. What does this pentagonal (five-sided) sign indicate?
  21. When you plan to turn, you must use a turn signal, hand signal, or both, continuously for at least _________ before turning.
  22. When driving, you must have your headlights on
  23. You must stop at all of the following EXCEPT
  24. What does this octagonal (eight-sided) sign indicate?
  25. District of Columbia traffic law requires that _________ wear seat belts in passenger cars, trucks, tractors, multi-purpose vehicles, or passenger buses.