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

Whether you’re getting ready to take your learner’s permit written test for the first time, studying to get a motorcycle endorsement so you can ride your new bike, or preparing for your CDL exam to drive a commercial vehicle, we’ve gathered a wealth of resources and knowledge to help you obtain your driving credentials.

All Drivers

If you’re renewing a license that has been expired for longer than a year, or if you’re applying for reinstatement after a suspension, you may have to retake the written exam in order to obtain your license.

Free Practice Tests

Driver's License practice tests
Learner's Permit practice tests
Motorcycle Endorsement practice tests
CDL practice tests
Road Signs and Signals practice tests

Resources for all drivers

Read the official District of Columbia driver’s manual
Check out our frequently asked questions (FAQ)
Buy a driver’s license test cheat sheet: basic or advanced
Buy a driver’s license renewal test cheat sheet: basic or advanced
Read our driving safety articles

District of Columbia DMV quick links for all drivers

District of Columbia DMV home page
Renewal information
Renew online
DMV locations
License fees
Identification requirements

New & Teen Drivers

In the District of Columbia, you must be at least 16 years of age and pass a knowledge test to obtain a REAL ID Learner Permit or Limited Purpose Learner Permit. You must have held a learner permit for at least 6 months; certify that you have had at least 40 hours of driving experience; and pass a road skills test to obtain a Provisional License. You must be at least 17 years of age and have held a valid Provisional License for at least 6 months to obtain a Full License with Conditions. If you turn 21 while holding a learning permit, you may immediately schedule a road test to obtain a Full License. If you turn 21 while holding a Provisional License, you may immediately visit a DMV service center to obtain a Full License. If you are 21 years of age or older, you must pass a knowledge test and a road skills test to obtain a Full License.

Resources for new & teen drivers

Read the official District of Columbia driver’s manual
Take one of our free learner’s permit practice tests
Check out our new & teen driver frequently asked questions (FAQ)
Buy a learner’s permit test cheat sheet: basic or advanced
Buy a driver’s license test cheat sheet: basic or advanced
Check rates or buy car insurance

District of Columbia DMV quick links for new & teen drivers

Driver License information
Provisional License information
Full License with Conditions information
Driver License for Non-US Citizens information
Learner Permit information
Limited Purpose Learner Permit information
Graduated License Program (GRAD) information
Teen Driver information
Driver School locations
Knowledge Test information
Road Test information
Schedule a road test online
Limited Purpose License FAQ

New-to-State Drivers

New District of Columbia residents with a valid, out-of-state driver license must convert it to a DC license within 30 days of establishing residence in DC. If your license has been expired for more than 90 days, you must pass a knowledge test and a road skills test to obtain a DC license.

Resources for new-to-state drivers

Read the official District of Columbia driver’s manual
Take one of our free driver’s license practice tests
Check out our new-to-state frequently asked questions (FAQ)
Buy a new-to-state driver’s license test cheat sheet: basic or advanced
Check rates or buy car insurance

District of Columbia DMV quick links for new-to-state drivers

New resident license transfer (out-of-state)

Motorcycles

In the District of Columbia, you must be at least 18 years of age; have a valid driver license; pass a motorcycle knowledge test; and present a certificate of completion of a motorcycle demonstration course to apply for a motorcycle endorsement.

Resources for motorcyclists

Read the official District of Columbia motorcycle manual
Take one of our free motorcycle license practice tests
Check out our motorcycle license frequently asked questions (FAQ)
Buy a motorcycle license test cheat sheet: basic or advanced
New-to-state motorcycle insurance

District of Columbia DMV quick links for motorcycles

Motorcycle Endorsement information
Motorcycle knowledge test information
Motorcycle safety tips

CDL

In the District of Columbia, you must have a valid driver license and pass a knowledge test to obtain a Commercial Learner Permit (CLP). You must have held your CLP for at least 30 calendar days before you can schedule a CDL road skills test; you must pass the road skills test to obtain a Commercial Driver License (CDL).

Resources for CDL

Read the official District of Columbia CDL manual
Take one of our free CDL practice tests
Buy a CDL test paid cheat sheet: basic or advanced
Check rates or buy CDL insurance

District of Columbia DMV quick links for CDL

CDL information
CDL renewal information
CDL transfer information (out-of-state)
CDL permit information
CDL knowledge test information
CDL knowledge test locations
CDL road test information
CDL road test locations
Schedule a CDL road test

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.