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California DMV Driver’s License Practice Test

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For the Real CA DMV Written Test:

  • How Many Questions:46
  • How Many Correct Answers to Pass:38
  • Passing Score:83%

California DMV Driver’s License Practice Test Instructions:

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Each test contains questions based on information in the official driver’s handbook for 2024.

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CA DMV Sample Test Questions

Use these sample questions in addition to the California DMV practice test above to study for your driver’s license written exam. These questions are based on information you can find in your official driver’s handbook. 

1. When driving on wet roads you should:

  1. Decrease your speed to no greater than 5 mph.
  2. Increase your following distance to about 15 to 20 seconds.
  3. Decrease your following distance.
  4. Increase your following distance to about 5 or 6 seconds.

2. __ lines indicate passing is allowed if there are no oncoming cars.

  1. Broken yellow.
  2. Solid yellow.
  3. Double yellow.
  4. Solid white.

3. When can you drive in a lane with a red “x” above it?

  1. Only on weekends.
  2. Never.
  3. During rush hour.
  4. If you are driving a vehicle with at least 2 people in it.

4. The head restraint should be adjusted:

  1. At the highest level.
  2. How it is most comfortable.
  3. To be aligned with the bottom of your neck.
  4. To be in contact with the back of your head.

5. What is a pedestrian safety zone?

  1. A crosswalk.
  2. Areas on and near the roadway with additional accommodations and regulations to help protect pedestrians.
  3. An area where vehicles are never allowed.
  4. An area with overhead bridges and underground tunnels for pedestrians to cross the street.

Please refer to the section below to find the answers to the sample questions above. 

CA DMV Written Test Answers

Check your answers below to see how you did. Click through to find an explanation for each topic. Remember to read through your driver’s handbook to gain an understanding of each topic that may show up on the official exam. 

1. When driving on wet roads you should: D. Increase your following distance to about 5 or 6 seconds.

2. __ lines indicate passing is allowed if there are no oncoming cars. A. Broken yellow.

3. When can you drive in a lane with a red “x” above it? B. Never

4. The head restraint should be adjusted: D. To be in contact with the back of your head.

5. What is a pedestrian safety zone? B. Areas on and near the roadway with additional accommodations and regulations to help protect pedestrians.

Continue studying for your California knowledge test with more free DMV practice tests and explanations in our DMV written test question and answers section.

California Driver’s Handbook

What you’ll find in the driver’s handbook:

  • Applying for a license.
  • Traffic signs and signals.
  • Rules of the road.
  • Driving safety.
  • Sharing the road.
  • Turning and lane controls.

Written Test Requirements in California

You’ll have 3 attempts within 12 months to pass the California Written Test. If you fail, you’ll need to wait for at least 7 days before you take the test again.

If you’re younger than 18 years old, your driver’s license written test with include 46 multiple choice and true/false questions. You’ll need to answer 38 questions correctly to pass.

If you’re over 18 years old, your written test will include 36 questions.

After You Pass the CA Written Driver’s License Test

If you are younger than 18 years old, you’ll receive a learner’s permit after you pass the written test.

You’ll need to hold your learner’s permit for at least 6 months. During this time, you’ll need to take a driver education course and complete at least 50 hours of supervised driving practice.

After completing your learner’s permit requirements, you’ll be able to schedule and take your road test to receive your driver’s license.

If you fail the road test, you’ll need to wait at least 2 week before trying again.

If you are older than 18 years old, there is no specified time limit you need to hold your learner’s permit for. You’ll be able to schedule and take your driving test whenever you feel ready.

If you’re older than 18 and fail the road test, you’ll need to make another appointment and pay the testing fee again.

California Driver’s License & Testing FAQs

Check out the FAQs below to find answers to common questions about getting your driver’s license and taking your written test.

What is the minimum age to get a learner’s permit in California?

The minimum age to get a learner’s permit in California is 15 years and 6 months old.

How long do you have to have a learner’s permit for if you’re under 18 years old?

If you are younger than 18 years old, you’ll need to have you learner’s permit for at least 6 months before applying for a driver’s license. California learner’s permits are valid for 12 months.

What are the supervised driving requirements if you’re under 18 years old?

While you have a learner’s permit, you’ll need to complete a total of 50 hours of driving practice with a licensed adult who is at least 25 years old. 40 of those hours can be completed during the day, 10 of them must be completed at night.

How many questions are there on the driver’s license written test?

If you are younger than 18 years old, your written test will have 46 multiple choice and true/false questions.

If you are older than 18 years old, your written test will include 36 questions.

How many questions do you need to get correct in order to pass the test?

If you are younger than 18 years old, you’ll need to get 38 question correct in order to pass.

If you are older than 18 years old, you’ll need 28 correct responses to pass.

What happens if you fail the written test?

You have a total of 3 chances to pass the tests. If you’re younger than 18 years old, you’ll need to wait at least 7 days before taking the written test again.

How old do you have to be to apply for a driver’s license?

In California, you need to be at least 16 years old for a provisional driver’s license. You need to be at least 18 years old for a standard, non-restricted driver’s license.

What are the driving restrictions for a graduated driver’s license (GDL) or provisional license?

For the first 12 months while you hold a provisional driver’s license in California, you cannot drive with passengers younger than 20 years old or driver between the hours of 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. unless you are accompanied by a licensed adult who is at least 25 years old.

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