California DMV Practice Test 2022

The California DMV permit test consists of 46 questions, and you must answer at least 38 questions correctly to get a passing score (83%). The questions in our sample tests are nearly identical to those on the official CA exam.

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What to expect on the official CA permit test
Number of questions:
46
Correct answers needed to pass:
38
Passing score:
83%
Minimum age to apply:
15 1/2years
Length of test:
30min
Minimum period between attempts:
7days
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Questions

Injuring another person while driving under the influence (DUI) results in your driver’s license being suspended for:

A3 months
B6 months
1 year
D2 years

Injuring another person while driving under the influence in California will result in a 1 year suspension.

An adult driver convicted of ‘DUI’ will have their driver license suspended for at least:

6 months
B12 months
C18 months

The suspension period may vary somewhat depending on the BAC level of the driver, but the minimum suspension period is 6 months.

Are you allowed to wear earplugs in both ears while driving in California?

AYes
No
COnly if talking on the cell phone

It’s against California law to wear a headset or earplugs in both ears while driving. If you need to talk to another person, use an earplug in one ear or the built-in bluetooth system in the car.

When emergency braking with a vehicle equipped with ABS-brakes, you should:

APump the brakes hard and fast
BRemove the pressure from the brakes if you feel a ‘pulsating’ or ‘twitching’ feeling
Press down hard and maintain pressure on the brake pedal

A ‘pulsating’ or ‘twitching’ feeling means that the ABS-system is working! Do NOT remove the pressure, as doing so will disengage the ABS.

In California, the standard speed limit in business or residential districts is:

A20 mph
25 mph
C30 mph
DThere is no standard speed limit in business or residential districts

The speed limit is 25 mph in business or residential districts unless otherwise posted.

You are involved in a collision in California. The crash must be reported to the DMV within:

A7 days
10 days
C20 days
D30 days

If you’re involved in an accident where there was property damage exceeding $1000 or if anyone was injured or killed, you must report the accident to DMV within 10 days.

A standard California Class C Driver License lets you drive:

AA vanpool vehicle designed to transport 10-15 people
BA housecar that’s up to 40 feet long
CA 2-axle vehicle with a gross vehicle weight rating of up to 26,000 pounds
All of the above

If you have a Class C DL you may, on top of the above mentioned, also drive 3-axle vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating of up to 6,000 pounds, as well as 3-wheel motorcycles.

At night, you must dim your high-beam headlights if within _____ of an oncoming vehicle.

A300 feet
500 feet
C1000 feet

To avoid blinding the other driver, California law states that you must dim your lights to low-beam when the oncoming vehicle is within 500 feet of your vehicle.

Which statement is true regarding passing?

AThere is no need to look for oncoming traffic before passing
BPassing is permitted within 100 feet of an intersection
CYou may pass even if approaching a hill or curve without clear visibility
None of the above

Passing requires you to know your surroundings. Never attempt to pass unless you can do so safely.

Which statement is true regarding blue painted curbs and parking?

AEveryone may park next to the curb, but only for up to 10 minutes
BEveryone may park next to the curb and for however long they want
Only disabled persons or disabled veterans may park next to the curb

Only disabled persons with a placard or special license plate for disabled persons are allowed to park next to a blue painted curb.

For how long may you stop next to a white painted colored curb?

AFor up to 30 minutes
BFor however long you want
Only for long enough to pick up/drop off passengers or mail
DYou aren’t allowed to stop next to a white painted colored curb for any reason

White painted curbs indicate that you’re permitted to stop for long enough to pick up/drop off passengers or mail, but not for any longer than that.

Are you allowed to stop or park at a red painted curb?

AYes
No

Do NOT park or stop next to a red painted curb - red painted curbs strictly forbid stopping, parking or standing.

Which part of the body is hurt in a whiplash injury?

AThe stomach
BThe back
The neck
DThe legs

Whiplash injuries occur when the neck is thrown back and forth in a collision, which causes injury to the neck muscles. It’s a common injury mainly caused by being hit from behind (rear-end accidents).

Solid yellow lines:

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AIndicate one-way traffic
Indicate two-way traffic
CSeparate lanes of traffic traveling in the same direction

Solid lines indicate that passing is prohibited

Broken lines indicate that you may pass if you can do so safely.

You’re waiting to turn left at an intersection. In which direction should you point your wheels?

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ALeft (A)
BRight (B)
Straight (C)

For your own safety, you should keep the wheels straight until just before the turn. If your wheels aren’t straight and a vehicle hits you from behind, you risk being pushed into the path of oncoming traffic.

When driving in a lane with pavement markings like this, you:

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Must turn left
BMay turn left or go straight ahead
CAre prohibited from turning left

The pavement markings indicate that vehicles traveling in this lane must turn in the direction of the arrow (in this case you must turn left).

Center turn lanes are marked on both sides by painted yellow lines in what pattern?

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The inner lines are broken and the outer lines are solid (A)
BThe inner lines are solid and the outer lines are broken (B)
CBoth the inner and outer lines are solid (C)

You can recognize a center turn lane by it’s features - the inner lines are broken, and the outer lines are solid.

Why is it important to make eye contact with other road users? 

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It will ease your coordination with other road users
BIt will help you warn other road users of speed cameras and enforcement stops
CIt will help you greet oncoming drivers at intersections

Making eye contact with another driver will let you know that the other driver is aware of your presence and minimize the risk of a collision. This is especially important at e.g. intersections and crosswalks.

You're turning right at an intersection. Do you have to yield to pedestrians crossing the street?

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ANo, you have the right-of-way
BNo, but you can if you want to
Yes

When turning, look for pedestrians on the road you're turning into and be prepared to yield if they are crossing the street. You should always try to yield to pedestrians regardless if they are right or wrong as they are much more vulnerable than other road users.

You're turning right at an intersection. Do you have to yield to pedestrians crossing the street?

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ANo, vehicles have the right-of-way when turning
BNo, but you can if you want to
Yes

When turning, look for pedestrians on the road you're turning into and be prepared to yield if they are crossing the street. You should always try to yield to pedestrians regardless if they are right or wrong as they are much more vulnerable than other road users except bicylists.

Is Passing the California DMV Permit Test Hard?

Getting a passing score is hard if you don’t study, or don’t study effectively. Nationally, over half of teens fail their first permit test. Like a lot of folks, you’ll probably find that just wading through the California Driver’s Handbook isn’t enough to help you pass.

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