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Free DMV Practice Test for California Permit (CA)

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

6 min to complete
Available in EN, ES, RU

This California DMV practice test has just been updated for July 2024. It covers 40 of the most essential road signs and rules questions directly from the 2024 official CA Driver Handbook. Prepare for the DMV driving permit test and driver’s license exam using real questions that are very similar (often identical!) to the DMV test. Each practice test question has a hint and explanation to help you remember the concepts. The written portion of the official DMV test will also cover information from the Driver Handbook and ask questions regarding rules of the road, traffic signs, and driving laws. You must answer 38 out of 46 questions correctly (or 30 out of 36 if you are over 18) to achieve the required 83% passing score. Use this DMV practice test as a helpful study aid toward getting your CA instruction permit or driver’s license. The DMV exam is offered in multiple languages, but to guarantee you have enough time to complete it, you may not start the test after 4:30 pm. The state has strict requirements for issuing instruction permits for minors; they can be found in the California driver handbook. The use of any testing aid during the test will mean an automatic failure of the test, and the DMV may take additional sanctioning actions against your driving privilege, so please do not cheat.


How can this DMV practice test help you pass your permit exam in 2024?

How many questions are on the permit test in California?

The permit test in California is made up of 46 questions. You will need to answer 38 of them correctly to pass.

How to study for the permit test?

You can study for the permit test by reading the California Driver Handbook and taking practice tests. It is important to make sure you are familiar with the material before you take the test. A lot of people fail the test because they do not study properly.

How to pass the California permit test?

The only way to be sure you will pass the permit test is to study and practice as much as possible before you take it. The passing score for the permit test in California is 83 percent. This means you need to answer 38 out of the 46 questions correctly to pass. This practice test is your first step toward getting your permit, but it is not the only thing you need to do. You will also need to take other practice tests available on

What questions are on the permit test?

The permit test covers a variety of topics, including the rules of the road, traffic signs, and driving laws. The questions are designed to test your knowledge of these topics. You will need to answer 38 of the 46 questions correctly to pass.

Does this permit practice test contain the same DMV test questions as the real exam?

No, this permit practice test does not contain the same DMV test questions as the real exam. DMVs do not release the questions on their exams to the public, so don’t be fooled by other websites that claim to have the “real” questions. This permit practice test contains questions that are similar to those you will find on the real exam, but they are not the same.


What to expect on the actual CA DMV exam




correct answers to pass


passing score

15 ½

minimum age to apply

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List of questions (classic view)

  1. Which of the following signs represents two-way traffic?
  2. This sign warns you about
  3. The broken white lines on the pavement mean that
  4. What type of sign is this?
  5. What does this sign mean?
  6. What does this regulatory sign mean?
  7. This sign represents
  8. This warning sign represents
  9. What does this warning sign mean?
  10. When you approach an intersection with a through road but without stop signs or yield signs, you must
  11. A steady red arrow signal means
  12. At an unmarked crosswalk, you must
  13. If all the rear seats are already occupied by children under 7 years of age, a child under 8 years of age may
  14. A traffic signal with a flashing yellow arrow means that you should
  15. If you are ready to turn right at an intersection, and if there is a bicycle next to you on your right, who has the right-of-way when the light turns green?
  16. In a roundabout, you must drive in
  17. When two vehicles meet on a steep mountain road where neither can pass, which vehicle has the right-of-way?
  18. On a two-lane undivided highway, the maximum speed limit for vehicles towing trailers is ______ unless otherwise posted.
  19. When you see livestock near the roadway, you should
  20. Two sets of solid double yellow lines spaced two or more feet apart indicate
  21. Special "turnout" areas marked on a two-lane road
  22. You can make a left turn on a red light
  23. A ___ painted curb is designated for disabled persons who display their placards.
  24. Any person who willfully flees or attempts to evade law enforcement performing their duties is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by
  25. To avoid tailgating, one should follow the
  26. While driving in fog, you should use your
  27. If you are having vehicle trouble and you need to stop, what is the first thing you should do?
  28. If you are in an intersection when you hear the siren of an emergency vehicle, you should
  29. A(n) __________ sign on a truck means that the truck's load is potentially dangerous.
  30. If your vehicle starts to hydroplane, you should
  31. Locked wheel skids are usually caused by
  32. If your parked car rolls away and hits another unattended vehicle, you should
  33. A driver who is involved in a significant collision must report it to the DMV within
  34. Which of the following statements about lane markings is true?
  35. You must turn on your headlights __________ after sunset.
  36. What is the first thing you should do during an enforcement stop?
  37. At 55 mph, under good conditions, a passenger vehicle can stop within
  38. A driver in front of you is signaling with his or her hand and arm pointing upward. This driver wants to
  39. A double solid white line
  40. When you want to enter a freeway, you should
  41. If all vehicles are traveling at 55 mph and have to make a sudden stop, which vehicle will take the longest to come to a stop?
  42. If a California driver is stopped by a police officer for suspected drugged driving, they may have to undergo a ____ test to determine if they are driving under the influence of drugs.
  43. What are the early symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning?
  44. The only cure for carbon monoxide poisoning is
  45. To help manage sun glare you should