District of Columbia DMV Practice Tests

Learning all those rules in the District of Columbia driver’s manual isn’t easy. However, we do have practice tests that make the learning easier. Our tests include the District of Columbia teen permit test and the driver’s license renewal test.

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Your District of Columbia DMV Handbooks

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District of Columbia Driver’s License Resources

The District of Columbia may not be a state, but it does have its own tests and rules when it comes to getting the District of Columbia driver’s license. To help you pass those tests and to learn the rules, we’ve compiled a list of resources that are all about getting the District of Columbia driver’s license.

Teen Permit Test

The District of Columbia permit practice test is the best way to prepare for getting your permit, and then you license, no matter how old you are. Teens are typically the ones who take this test, even though it is meant of anyone learning to drive for the first time.

Renewing Driver’s License Test

You do not have to take the District of Columbia driver’s license renewal test if your license has not been expired for more than three months. If you already missed the three month mark, then this practice test will help you get your District of Columbia driver’s license again.

New to State Driver’s License Test

If you are new to the District of Columbia, then you need to get your District of Columbia driver’s license within 60 days of establishing residency. If you have a valid license from another state, then you do not need to take the District of Columbia new to state driver’s license test.

State Driving Manual / Handbook

The District of Columbia driving handbook is the one tool you can’t go without. It has everything you need to know to pass the test and to get your District of Columbia driver’s license. Click the link to download the latest version.

Road Signs Practice Test

Even though some states may have a separate road signs test, every state will ask at least one question about them. Make sure you don’t get these questions wrong by taking the District of Columbia road signs practice test.

District of Columbia Driver’s License Blog Posts

We also have our daily driver blog that publishes posts about preparing for the test, safe driving, and current driving laws. Below are a few links we recommend reading so that you are not only prepared to take the driver’s license test, but also prepared to drive with your license in the state:

DUI Fines & Punishments

Driver’s Ed or No Driver’s Ed?

Safe Driving Tips for Driving Test – Unfamiliar Traffic Situations

District of Columbia DMV Driving Test Info

How many questions are on the written test?

There are 20 questions on the test.

How many questions must you get right?

You must answer at least 15 questions correctly in order to pass.

If you fail when can you retake the test?

You can retake the test again in 3 days.

How many times can you retake the test?

You can take the test up to 6 times within a 12 month period; the 6th time you fail, you will be required to wait 12 months from the time you took the 1st test before you will be eligible to take the test a 7th time.

Who has to take the written test? Teens of what ages?

Anyone who is getting their driver’s license for the first time must pass the written test. Teens can take the test if they are at least 16 and ½ years old and have held a learner’s permit for at least 6 months. If they’re under 18 years of age, they will also need parental consent.

Are you required to take the written test when renewing, and if so every time you renew or just sometimes? What are the conditions if just sometimes?

You do not have to retake the written test when you renew your license unless it has been expired for more than             3 months.

If you’re new to state are you required to take the written test?

If you hold a valid driver’s license from another state then you are not required to take either part (written or on-road) of the driver’s examination.

Who has to take the behind the wheel / on-road driving test?

Anyone who is getting their driver’s license for the first time must pass both the written and driving tests. Additionally, you will also be required to re-pass both tests if your driver’s license has been expired for over 6 months and you want to renew it.

District of Columbia DMV Motorcycle Permit Test Info

How old must you be to take the written test?

You must be at least 18 years old and hold a valid Washington DC driver’s license before you can take the test.

How many questions are on the test?

There are 25 questions on the test.

How many must you get correct to pass?

You must answer at least 20 questions correctly in order to pass.

What are the permit restrictions for motorcycles?

You cannot drive on highways, drive during hours of darkness, or carry any passengers.

Do you need to take an on-road motorcycle driving test?

Yes, you are required to pass a practical on-road motorcycle skill test (aka the DC DMV motorcycle demonstration skills test) in order to get your motorcycle license. A certificate of completion of a motorcycle demonstration course from either Maryland or Virginia, dated within the last 6 months, may also be provided in lieu of taking the test.

Are there any other state specific age requirements or restrictions for motorcycles?

No.

What is the helmet law is this state?

All operators and passengers of a motorcycle are required to wear a protective helmet meeting state-approved safety standards at all times while operating or riding on the motorcycle, regardless of their age.

District of Columbia Watercraft Written Safety Test Info

Is there such a test in the state?

Yes; boaters of a certain age in Washington DC are required to have a Boating Safety Certificate and must complete a boating safety course administered by the DC Metropolitan Police Department (MPD).

Who has to take the test?

All boaters must complete a certified boating safety course in order to operate motorized boat or personal watercraft on Washington DC waterways.

How many questions are on the test?

Washington DC boating safety courses and testing requirements may vary from one location to another. You can find a list of all approved safety courses on the Washington DC MPD website, which you may use to contact the instructor of a course near you for more specific information regarding testing requirements.