California DMV Practice Tests

 

Use the following CA (California) DMV practice tests to study for your DMV permit test, driver’s license test, and/or senior citizens’ refresher test.

Depending on your study style, you can choose to study by individual topics (13 topics available), do a DMV permit test simulation (randomly selected multiple choice questions), and/or challenge yourself to the ultimate DMV marathon test that includes all of the test questions for California.

 

CA Marathon Test

This test contains all the DMV test questions we have! Don’t say you are ready for the real test until you pass this test with flying colors!

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CA Alcohol/Drugs

Never drive under the influence! Take this FREE CA permit practice test to learn all about alcohol and drugs while driving, including regulations related to DUI and penalties specific to CA.

CA Intersection

Accidents often occur at intersections. Take this FREE CA permit practice test to learn all about intersections, including right-of-ways, rules, sharing the road, etc.

CA Lane Change

How do you change lanes? Take this FREE CA permit practice test to learn all about lane changes, including right-of-ways, blind spots, and the proper signals.

CA Lights

Traffic lights are signalling devices that control flows of traffic to promote safe driving. Take this FREE CA permit practice test to learn all about traffic lights and what they mean.

CA Parking

Parking is an essential part of driving. Take this FREE CA permit practice test to learn all about parking, including how to park, where to park, and rules of parking.

CA Regulation

Traffic regulations are rules that you must follow to promote safe driving. Take this FREE CA permit practice test to learn all about regulations pertaining to your state.

CA Signal

Signalling is a way to communicate with other road users. Take this FREE CA permit practice test to learn all about signalling rules and hand signals.

CA Signs

How well do you know your traffic signs? Take this FREE CA permit practice test to learn all about different types of traffic signs, what they mean, and how to react to them.

CA Speed

Speed limits are set to promote safe driving. Take this FREE CA permit practice test to learn all about the how fast you can drive on various roadways and in different areas of your state.

CA Symbols

Symbols and colors can tell you a lot. Take this FREE CA permit practice test to learn all about traffic symbols, including where they are used and how to interpret them.

CA Traffic

Traffic is the movement of road users. Take this FREE CA permit practice test to learn all about traffic rules, safe practices, and how to share the road with other road users.

CA Vehicle

Do you know how to operate the lights on your vehicle? Take this FREE CA permit practice test to learn all about vehicle lights, where they are, and when to use them.

CA Other

Driving is not simple. Take this FREE CA permit practice test to learn all other important aspects of driving, including emergency responses and driving exceptions.

FREE California Drivers Ed

To get a California DMV Driving Permit, teens between the ages of 15½ and 17½ must complete an approved driver education. If you are over the age of 18, taking drivers ed is also a smart decision because many insurance providers offer insurance discount!

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Applying for your CA License

What is the minimum age to apply for a driving permit in California?

In California, you may apply for your learner’s permit starting at age 15 ½. However, if you’re under 18 years old, you are REQUIRED to take a Driver’s Education in order to be eligible for a CA learner’s permit.

What documents will I need to submit when applying for a driver's license in California?

The following explains what you must have when applying for your license.

If you are Under Age 18If you are Over Age 18
Form DL 44 driver’s license application, signed by your parent or legal guardian.Form DL 44 driver’s license application
Your Social Security Number (It will be verified with the Social Security Administration)Your Social Security Number (It will be verified with the Social Security Administration
Your Full Legal NameYour Full Legal Name
An Original Birth Certificate/ Proof of Legal Presence
Examples of this would be:

  • Certified copy of US Birth Certificate from state or local vital statistics office
  • US Certificate of Birth Abroad or Report of Birth Abroad
  • Federal Proof of Indian Blood Degree
  • USCIS American Indian Card
  • Birth Certificate or passport issued from a US Territory
  • US Passport or US Passport Card
  • US Military Identification Cards
  • Certificate of Naturalization or Citizenship
  • Permanent Resident Card
  • Temporary Resident Identification Card
  • Canadian Passport/Birth Certificate
  • Non-resident Alien Canadian Border Crossing Card
  • Permanent Resident Re-entry Permit
  • Refugee travel document
  • Certification from California Department of Corrections or California Youth Authority
  • Employment Authorization Card
  • Valid I-94 stamped “Refugee,” “Parole or Parolee,” “Asylee,” or Section 207, Section 208, Section 209, Section 212d(2), HP or PIP
  • Valid I-94 with attached photo stamped “Processed for I-551 temporary evidence of lawful admission for permanent residence”
  • Immigration judge’s order granting asylum
  • Mexican Border Crossing Card with valid I-94
  • U.S. Border Crossing Identification card with valid I-94
Original Birth Certificate/Proof of Legal Presence
Examples of this would be:

  • Certified copy of US Birth Certificate from state or local vital statistics office
  • US Certificate of Birth Abroad or Report of Birth Abroad
  • Federal Proof of Indian Blood Degree
  • USCIS American Indian Card
  • Birth Certificate or passport issued from a US Territory
  • US Passport or US Passport Card
  • US Military Identification Cards
  • Certificate of Naturalization or Citizenship
  • Permanent Resident Card
  • Temporary Resident Identification Card
  • Canadian Passport/Birth Certificate
  • Non-resident Alien Canadian Border Crossing Card
  • Permanent Resident Re-entry Permit
  • Refugee travel document
  • Certification from California Department of Corrections or California Youth Authority
  • Employment Authorization Card
  • Valid I-94 stamped “Refugee,” “Parole or Parolee,” “Asylee,” or Section 207, Section 208, Section 209, Section 212d(2), HP or PIP
  • Valid I-94 with attached photo stamped “Processed for I-551 temporary evidence of lawful admission for permanent residence”
  • Immigration judge’s order granting asylum
  • Mexican Border Crossing Card with valid I-94
  • U.S. Border Crossing Identification card with valid I-94
Certificate of Completion of Driver’s Education or Certificate of Completion of Driver’s Education and Driver Training or Certificate of Enrollment In A Classroom Driver Education And Driver Training ProgramApplication Fee
Application Fee
How do I contact my nearest California DMV office?

Services provided by DMV offices include Vehicle Registration, Driver License and Identification (ID) Card Processing. You may use the regional maps to locate a field office by region. DMV offices are open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday (except holidays) between 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. and Wednesday from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

For faster service, make an Appointment online, by calling 1- 800-777-0133 before you visit a DMV office, or by going online to www.dmv.ca.gov.

Getting Ready for Your CA Permit Test

On the California permit test, what will I be tested on?

The permit test is comprised of written questions about California state-specific traffic laws, road signs, and rules of safe driving. The test questions have been created from material found in the California Driver Handbook and cover a range of topics including what’s a safe stopping distance and who has the right of way. In addition to passing the written exam, you will also need to pass a vision screening.

What is the best way to study for the California permit test?

Although the CA driver’s handbook is the source of truth when it comes to writing the California permit test, it can be confusing to study from it. Our FREE CA DMV Practice Tests contain questions that are 100% accurate and based on the driver’s manual. We break down the topics into 13 easy to understand practice tests. Focus on road signs, speeding limits, traffic violations, defensive driving techniques and proper yielding situations. And whenever you get a question wrong, we tell you WHY on the spot so you won’t make the same mistake again. When you done studying the individual topics, take our FREE CA DMV marathon test and CA DMV permit test simulator to assess your readiness for the real test. Remember, you can take our prep tests as many times as you want until you are 100% ready.

Is driver’s education required in order to get an California learner’s permit?

YES you do if you are under 18 years old. You DO NOT need it if you are over age 18.

Is there a mobile California DMV Practice Test app for my iPhone/iPad and/or android device(s)?

Yes, there is. In fact, our FREE DMV Practice Test app (DMV Hub) has over 2 million downloads to date. We make passing the DMV permit test even easier with features like smart timer and in-app analytical tools that tell you if you are ready to take the real test or not. You can download our app from the App Store or Google Play.

How many questions are on the California DMV Test?

There are 46 multiple choice questions on the California DMV driver license written test.

What's the passing mark for the California DMV Test?

You must get 39 questions out of 46 correct on the California DMV test in order to pass.

Taking Your CA Permit Test

How do I sign up for my permit test in California?

To sign up for your written permit test in CA,You must sign up for your California permit through the DMV office. Call or go online to www.dmv.ca.gov in order to schedule an appointment.

Which DMV office should I go to take my permit test in California?

It doesn’t matter which DMV office you go to, but most people choose to go to a DMV office nearest to them. You may use the regional maps to locate a field office by region. DMV offices are open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday (except holidays) between 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. and Wednesday from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

How do I pass the California permit test?

To pass your California permit test, you are expected to know California traffic laws, road signs, and rules for safe driving. All material will be taken from the California Drivers Handbook, which is what our FREE DMV practice test questions are based on. Subjects will cover sharing the road, meaning of road signs, navigating Intersections, speeding consequences, drinking and driving laws. There will be 46 questions on the exam. You must score at least 39 out of 46 to pass. Remember, You are NOT allowed to use the driver’s book during your permit test. You are being tested on your ability to recall the rules of the road. Prepare yourself before you go in and you will see that you can do well without the manual.

Next Steps

I failed my California permit test, what should I do?

If you fail your test, don’t stress out, you may reschedule to take it again after 7 days. You get 3 shots to take it before having to pay another $31 application fee.

I passed my California permit test! Now what?

Congratulations! Now that you’ve passed your written test, you must wait at least 6 months before applying for your road test. During this time, you must complete 50 practice hours on the road with a California licensed driver age 25 or older. At least 10 of those hours must be done at night. If you are under 18, you must also complete driver’s education class and complete 6 hours of professional driver’s training.

When can I take my road test?

After getting your learner’s permit, you must wait at least 6 months before applying for your road test. During this time, you must complete 50 practice hours on the road with a California licensed driver age 25 or older. At least 10 of those hours must be done at night. You must also complete driver’s education class and complete 6 hours of professional driver’s training. Once you have prepared yourself and met all of the requirements mentioned above, you may schedule your road test.

Who may I have in the car with me while driving in California with a permit?

If you only hold a learners permit, you must have a California licensed driver age 25 or older sitting next to you at all times. You are allowed to have others in the car as well; however, they must be seated in the back wearing a seat belt.

New to California

Will I have to pass a road test when I move to California from another state?

As long as you are prepared to surrender your out-of-state license, there is no need to pass a driving test in California if you already hold a valid driver’s license in another state. However, if you do not have your out-of-state license, you will have to take the driver’s test. You have 10 days after becoming a resident to apply for your license.

Is my out-of-state learners permit valid in California?

Your out of state permit will NOT be accepted unless you can provide proof from your driver’s education and training in the other state.
You can prove this by showing either:

  • Form DL 33 “To Secondary Schools Other Than California Schools”. You may get this form from your local DMV office or by calling the DMV at 1-800-777-0133. You will need to send Form DL 33 to your out-of-state secondary school to complete.
  • A letter from the out-of state secondary school on the out-of-state secondary school’s stationery signed by a school official saying that the courses you have taken are equivalent to a California secondary school course.
Where do I find more driving-related information when moving to California?

If you have further questions regarding driving in California, you should contact your local DMV or by logging on to www.dmv.ca.gov.