Tennessee DOS Practice Tests

The Tennessee driver's manual isn't enough to pass the written exam. The Tennessee road signs practice test is just one more way you can prepare. We also have the Tennessee driver's license renewal test, and many more, to help you pass.

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Your Tennessee DOS Handbooks

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Tennessee 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 Tennessee 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

Tennessee DoS quick links for all drivers

Tennessee DoS home page
Renew online
Driver services office locations and hours
Identification requirements
License and permit fees

New & Teen Drivers

In order to apply for a Class D license in Tennessee, you must be at least sixteen years of age. In order to qualify, you must pass a vision screening, knowledge exam, and driving test. Persons under 18 years of age are also required to hold a learner permit for at least 180 days before they may apply for a Class D license. Learner permits may only be issued to persons at least 15 years of age who have passed the vision screening and the knowledge exam. Persons at least 16 years of age who have had their learner permit for at least 180 days and have passed the road test may upgrade their learner permit to the Intermediate Restricted license; at 17, they may upgrade to the Intermediate Unrestricted license; at 18, they may upgrade to a regular Class D license.

Resources for new & teen drivers

Read the official Tennessee 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

Tennessee DoS quick links for new & teen drivers

Tennessee driver license information
Graduated driver license & permit information
Fill out the driver license & permit application online
Schedule a road test online
Advance a graduated license online

New-to-State Drivers

New Tennessee residents have no longer than 30 days after establishing residency in Tennessee to exchange their out-of-state license for a Tennessee license. If your out-of-state license has been expired for more than six months, you must take the knowledge exam, road test, and vision screening in order to obtain a Tennessee license. New residents from foreign countries will also need to take the knowledge exam, road test, and vision screening, though they are allowed to keep their license issued from another country.

Resources for new-to-state drivers

Read the official Tennessee 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

Tennessee DoS quick links for new-to-state drivers

New resident information

Motorcycles

Tennessee residents who wish to operate a motorcycle or motor-driven cycle must apply in person at a full-service Driver Services Center. In order to qualify, applicants must pass both a knowledge exam (which varies, depending on whether you are already in possession of a Class D license or not) and a road skills test. Both tests may be waived if a valid Tennessee Class D license and certificate of completion from a Tennessee-certified Motorcycle Rider Education Program are presented at the Driver License Services Center.

Resources for motorcyclists

Read the official Tennessee 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

Tennessee DoS quick links for motorcycles

Motorcycle license information
Motorcycle Rider Education Program (MREP)
MREP locations

CDL

You must have a valid Commercial Driver License (CDL) or Commercial Learner’s Permit (CLP) to drive a commercial motor vehicle in Tennessee. You must be at least 21 years of age to apply for a CDL or CLP. To qualify for a CLP, you must meet all the requirements for a CDL, and pass a knowledge exam. To qualify for a CDL, you must also pass a skills test.

Resources for CDL

Read the official Tennessee 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

Tennessee DoS quick links for CDL

CDL information

Tennessee DOS Driving Test Info

How many questions are on the written test?

There are 30 questions on the test.

How many questions must you get right?

You must answer at least 24 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 and have held a driving 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.

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 6 months, 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 expired and you want to renew it.

Tennessee DOS 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?

You will be able to waive the on-road tests if you hold a valid Tennessee driver’s license and have completed a Tennessee certified Motorcycle Rider Education Program (MREP).

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.

Tennessee Watercraft Written Safety Test Info

Is there such a test in the state?

Yes; boaters of a certain age in Tennessee are required to have a Boating Safety Education Certificate and must complete a boating education course approved by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) and NASBLA. Boaters also have the option of taking an online safety course offered by sites such as Boat-Ed.com or BoatUS.org.

Who has to take the test?

All boaters born after January 1, 1989 must complete a certified boating safety education course in order to operate a motorized boat or personal watercraft on Tennessee waterways.

How many questions are on the test?

Tennessee boating safety courses are administered by a variety of different organizations including TWRA, the 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 TWRA website organized by county, 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.