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North Carolina Permit Practice Test

For the North Carolina Permit Test:

  • How Many Questions:25
  • How Many Correct Answers to Pass:20
  • Passing Score:80%

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Prepare for the North Carolina DMV Permit Test

By taking DMV practice tests, exam simulators, and studying the driver’s manual topics, you’ll be better prepared to pass your written knowledge exam on the first try

Our free North Carolina DMV practice test contains true/false and multiple choice questions that are based on information you can find in your driver’s handbook.

While the North Carolina written knowledge test is one of the first steps towards getting your first driver’s license, you may also need to pass the written exam:

  • When you’ve just moved to North Carolina.
  • When you renew your driver’s license. 
  • If you’ve received too many traffic violations. 
  • If you’ve been required to complete a driver improvement clinic.  
  • If you need to reinstate a suspended or revoked driver’s license. 

When you’re prepared to pass the exam, it can help to make an appointment to guarantee you’ll be able to take it. Make sure you arrive at the DMV office with plenty of time as many offices do not allow you to take exams after a certain time. 

Many North Carolina DMV offices will have you take the written exam on a computer. You’ll receive your results right after you finish. 

If you take the test on paper, you’ll need to bring it back to the DMV exam proctor, who will grade your test and let you know your score. 

Here’s what you need to know about the North Carolina DMV written driver’s license exam:

  • Number of Questions on the test: 25 questions
  • Passing Score: 80% or 20 correct answers
  • Number of Questions you can miss: 5 questions
  • If you fail the written test: You’ll typically need to wait until the next day to try again.

With some practice and preparation, you’ll be ready to pass the real exam at the NC Division of Motor Vehicles office in no time.

By studying the driver’s manual and taking our free NC permit practice test, you’ll be well on your way to getting your driver’s license.

North Carolina DMV Learner’s Permit Requirements

Below you’ll find what you need to know about qualifying for and driving with a learner’s permit. 

For more details on the full driver’s license application process, check out our page on getting a North Carolina driver’s license. 

You’ll find an overview of the application process and requirements for both adult and teen drivers. 

If you have more questions, check out some of our North Carolina driver’s license and learner’s permit FAQs.

Is the NC DMV permit test hard?

If you spend some time studying, you’ll be well prepared to pass the written knowledge exam to get your North Carolina driver’s license. 

You’ll need to score on 80% on a set of 25 questions. 

Luckily, all of the information you’ll need to know can be found in the NC Division of Motor Vehicles driver handbook. 

What kind of questions are on the permit test in NC?

The NC permit test contains multiple choice and true/false questions that are based on topics you can find in your driver’s handbook. 

Some of the questions you may encounter include topics, such as:

  • Sharing the road with pedestrians.
  • Merging on and off highways. 
  • NC DMV point system. 
  • North Carolina traffic laws. 
  • Intersections and right of way rules. 
  • Speed limits. 
  • Traffic lights and road signs. 

Be sure to spend some time reading through the handbook and taking our free practice tests to determine which topics you’ll need to spend some more time with.

How old do you have to be to get your learner’s permit in North Carolina?

You must be at least 15 years old to get a learner’s permit in North Carolina.

To apply, you’ll need to visit your local DMV office:

  • Have the permission of your parent or legal guardian, if necessary. 
  • Provide proof of enrollment or completion of an approved driver’s education course. 
  • Complete a driver’s license application. 
  • Provide proof of your identity and residency (Birth Certificate, Social Security Number, high school enrollment forms, etc.)
  • Pass a vision test.
  • Pass the knowledge test.
  • Pay the application fees.

How long do you have to have a North Carolina learner’s permit?

You’ll need to hold your learner’s permit for at least 12 months.

What are the driver’s education requirements in North Carolina?

The NC DMV requires Driver’s Ed for drivers under 18 years old. A course consists of 30 hours of classroom training and 6 hours of behind-the-wheel training.

Learn more about driver’s education in North Carolina.

A course will teach you some important safe driving practices as well as prepare you for your NC driver’s permit test.

How many hours of supervised driving practice are required in North Carolina?

You must complete 60 hours of supervised practice in the learner’s permit phase and 12 hours of practice in the intermediate license phase. 

10 hours must be completed at night during the permit phase, and 6 hours must be completed at night during the intermediate license phase. 

You’ll need to practice driving with a licensed adult (usually your parent or legal guardian) sitting next to you in the front passenger seat.

How old do you have to be to take your driving test?

You must be at least 16 years old to qualify for a provisional license. 

After you’ve completed your learner’s permit requirements, you’ll be able to schedule and take your driving test with the North Carolina DMV.

More North Carolina DMV Study Resources

In addition to the North Carolina written exam simulator, you can also use the following resources and guides to help you prepare to pass your tests and get your driver’s license:

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