Washington DC DMV Driver’s License Practice Test

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Each test contains questions based on information in the official driver's handbook.

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Pass the written test for your Washington DC driver’s license the first time! Use this free practice test to help you prepare.

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DC DMV Sample Test Questions

Use these sample questions in addition to the Washington DC 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 entering a street from an unpaved road, you should:

  1. Only make a right turn.
  2. Turn onto the paved street as the other vehicles will yield to you.
  3. Yield to vehicles on the paved street.
  4. Yield to vehicles coming from your right.

2. When backing out of an angled parking space, you should always move slowly and:

  1. Use your mirrors to see as you back up.
  2. Look over your shoulder as you back up.
  3. Honk your horn to warn other drivers.
  4. Apply the accelerator.

3. If you get drowsy while driving it is best to:

  1. Turn the heater on.
  2. Pull off the road and take a break.
  3. Turn the radio up.
  4. Speed up.

4. Low-beam headlights are only effective for speeds up to:

  1. 55 mph.
  2. 45 mph.
  3. 35 mph.
  4. 25 mph.

5. If an oncoming driver is heading toward you in your lane, you should:

  1. Honk your horn, steer towards the left side of the road, and use the brakes to slow down.
  2. Honk your horn, steer towards the right side of the road, and use the brakes to slow down.
  3. Slam on the brakes.
  4. Flash your headlights.

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

DC 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 entering a street from an unpaved road, you should: C. Yield to vehicles on the paved street.

2. When backing out of an angled parking space, you should always move slowly and: B. Look over your shoulder as you back up.

3. If you get drowsy while driving it is best to: B. Pull off the road and take a break.

4. Low-beam headlights are only effective for speeds up to: D. 25 mph.

5. If an oncoming driver is heading toward you in your lane, you should: B. Honk your horn, steer towards the right side of the road, and use the brakes to slow down.

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

Washington DC Driver Handbook

Here’s what you’ll find in the WA DC driver manual:

  • Examination process for driver’s license
  • Information for the driver
  • Driving rules
  • Parking rules
  • Traffic rules
  • Traffic lights, signs and marks
  • Identification of signals by color and shape
  • Regulatory signals

Your knowledge exam will be based on the information found in the DC driver manual.

Washington DC DMV Written Test Requirements

The Washington DC DMV written test contains 30 multiple-choice and true / false questions.

To pass the test, you will need to answer at least 24 questions correctly.

After Passing the Written Test

If you are at least 21 years of age, you can obtain a standard driver’s license after passing the written test and the road test.

If you are under 21 years of age, you will have to meet the requirements of the Washington DC GRAD license program.

Passing the written test will allow you to obtain a driver’s permit that you can use to practice driving with a licensed adult.

DC 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 obtain a learner permit in Washington DC?

You must be at least 16 years of age to obtain a learner permit in Washington DC.

How long do you have to have a learner’s permit for if you are under 21?

If you are under 21, you will have to have a learner’s permit for at least 6 months and meet all the requirements before moving on to a provisional license.

What are the supervised driving requirements if you are under 21 in DC?

While you have a learner’s permit, you must complete at least 40 hours of supervised driving with a licensed adult who is at least 21 years old.

How many questions are there in the written test?

There are 30 questions in the written test for WA DC DMV.

How many correct questions do you need to get?

You must answer 24 of the 30 questions correctly to pass.

What happens if you fail the written test?

If you fail the written knowledge test, you will have to wait at least 3 days before you can take it again.

If you fail 6 times in 12 months, you will have to wait at least 12 months from the date of your first attempt to try to take the test again.

How old must you be to apply for a driver’s license in Washington DC?

You will be eligible for a provisional and restricted driver’s license once you are at least 16 and a half years old and have had a driver permit for at least 6 months.

To obtain a full license with conditions, you must be at least 17 years old and have had a provisional license for at least 6 months.

You will be eligible for a standard driver’s license once you are 21 years old.