New Hampshire DMV Practice Tests

Study the New Hampshire driver's handbook to learn the rules, but take practice tests to pass the written exam. The New Hampshire new-to-state driver's license test and the New Hampshire road signs practice test show you what you've learned.

Your New Hampshire DMV Practice Tests

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Your New Hampshire DMV Handbooks

Before you take a practice test make sure you've reviewed the New Hampshire drivers handbook. You will be tested on this content! Find them online below:

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New Hampshire Driver’s License Resources

The New Hampshire Department of Motor Vehicles is a confusing and time-consuming place. You don’t want to spend an hour or two there, only to fail the written exam and not get your New Hampshire driver’s license. To make sure your time and effort is well spent, our list of resources below are meant to prepare your for the written exam and tell you what you need to know.

Knowledge Test

Although New Hampshire doesn't have a permit, the New Hampshire knowledge test is for those obtaining the Youth Operator License. It's the first step for teenagers before they can get the full New Hampshire driver's license.

Renewing Driver’s License Test

When renewing your New Hampshire driver’s license, you only have to take the New Hampshire driver’s license renewal test if your license has been expired for more than three years. Otherwise, you do not have to take the test.

New to State Driver’s License Test

If you are a new New Hampshire resident, you do not need to take the New Hampshire new-to-state driver’s license test if your current license is valid. You also don’t need to take it if it has been expired for less than a year. Otherwise, you will have to take the written test so use this practice test to prepare. However, if you are under 18, you do have to take this test, no matter the validity of your out-of-state license.

State Driving Manual / Handbook

Without the New Hampshire driving manual, it’s unlikely that you’ll get your New Hampshire driver’s license, at least on the first attempt. Use this handbook to go over everything that could possibly show up on the written exam or the on-road test. Click the link to download the latest version.

Road Signs Practice Test

New Hampshire is one of the few states to have a separate road sign section when taking the writtn exam for the New Hampshire driver’s license. So, use the New Hampshire road sign practice test to ensure that you pass both the written exam and/or the on-road test.

New Hampshire 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:

What to Do When Your Car is Broken Into

3 Car Maintenance Basics You Ought to Know

How a New Driver Can Save Money

New Hampshire DMV Driving Test Info

How many questions are on the written test?

There are 20 questions on the general knowledge section and 10 road sign questions on the written test.

How many questions must you get right?

You must answer at least 16 out of the 20 general questions and at least 9 out of the 10 road sign questions correctly in order to pass.

If you fail when can you retake the test?

You can retake the test again in 1 day.

How many times can you retake the test?

There is no limit on the number of times you can retake the written test.

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 years old. If they’re under 18 years of age then they must complete a state-approved driver’s education program and 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 years.

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, or a license that has not been expired for more than 1 year, and are at least 18 years old 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 3 years and you want to renew it.

New Hampshire DMV Motorcycle Permit Test Info

How old must you be to take the written test?

You must be at least 16 years old and have held a driving permit for at least 6 months before you can take the test. If you are under 18 years of age you must also have parental consent.

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 in order to get your motorcycle license.

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

Both the written and on-road tests can be waived by anyone who completes a Motorcycle Rider Training Course.

What is the helmet law is this state?

Any operator or passenger of a motorcycle who is under 18 is required to wear a protective helmet meeting state-approved safety standards at all times while operating or riding on the motorcycle.

New Hampshire Watercraft Written Safety Test Info

Is there such a test in the state?

Yes; boaters in New Hampshire are required to have a boating education certificate and must complete a boating safety class approved by the New Hampshire Department of Safety (DOS). Additionally, boaters also have the option of taking an online safety course such as the one offered by Boat-Ed.com.

Who has to take the test?

All boaters who are older than 16 years of age must complete a certified boating education class in order to operate a motorboat with more than 25 HP on New Hampshire waterways.

How many questions are on the test?

New Hampshire boating safety courses are administered by a variety of different organizations, including the US Coast Guard, US Coast Guard Auxiliary, and the US Power Squadron, and testing requirements may vary for each one. You can find a list of all approved safety courses on the New Hampshire DOS website, which you may use to contact the instructor of a course near you for more specific information regarding testing requirements.

The online safety courses generally have 60 questions on the test.

How many must you get correct to pass?

You must answer at least 70% (42 questions) correctly on the online test in order to pass.