North Carolina DMV Test Prep

Use the following NC(North Carolina) 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, do a DMV permit test simulation, and/or challenge yourself to the ultimate DMV marathon test that includes all of the test questions for North Carolina.

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NC 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!


This is our North Carolina DMV Test simulator – same passing score and number of questions as the real test, different EVERY TIME you re-take this test.

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NC Alcohol/Drugs

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

NC Intersection

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

NC Lane Change

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

NC Lights

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

NC Parking

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

NC Regulation

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

NC Signal

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

NC Signs

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

NC Speed

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

NC Symbols

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

NC Traffic

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

NC Vehicle

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

NC Other

Driving is not simple. Take this FREE NC permit practice test to learn all other important aspects of driving, including emergency responses and driving exceptions.
Applying for your NC License
What is the minimum age to apply for a driving permit in North Carolina?
In North Carolina, you may apply for your learner’s permit starting at age 15.
What documents will I need to submit when applying for a driver's license in North Carolina?
If it is your first time applying for a license in North Carolina, you will need to have:

  • Two Proofs of Identity
  • Proof of Social Security Number
  • Proof of Residency
  • Driving eligibility certificate or high school diploma
  • Driver’s education certificate (younger than 18)
How do I contact my nearest North Carolina DMV office?
Driver’s licenses are issued at local North Carolina DMV offices. Here’s a list of North Carolina DMV offices.
Getting Ready for Your NC Permit Test
On the North Carolina permit test, what will I be tested on?
The permit test is comprised of written questions about North Carolina state-specific traffic laws, road signs, and rules of safe driving. The test questions have been created from material found in the North Carolina Driver’s Manual and cover a range of topics including vehicle safety responsibility, right-of-way, signals, signs, and markers, parking, stopping, and standing, alcohol and drug impact on the driving ability, and more. 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 North Carolina permit test?
Although the NC driver’s handbook is the source of truth when it comes to writing the North Carolina permit test, it can be confusing to study from it. Our FREE NC 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 answer a question, you 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 NC DMV marathon test and NC 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 North Carolina learner’s permit?
Yes, driver’s education is offered through local companies and high schools. You must complete 30 hours of classroom instruction.
Is there a mobile North Carolina 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 North Carolina DMV Test?
The North Carolina permit test is consisted of 25 multiple choice questions.
What's the passing mark for the North Carolina DMV Test?
You must score 20 out of 25 questions correctly to pass the North Carolina permit test.
Taking Your NC Permit Test
How do I sign up for my permit test in North Carolina?
To sign up for your permit test in North Carolina, simply find a local DMV office when you’re ready to apply.
Which DMV office should I go to take my permit test in North Carolina?
It doesn’t matter which DMV office you go to, but most people choose to go to a DMV office nearest to them. To find out where the DMV offices are located at, visit the DMV Offices page.
How do I pass the North Carolina permit test?
To pass your North Carolina permit test, you are expected to know North Carolina traffic laws, road signs, and rules for safe driving. All material will be taken from the North Carolina Driver’s License manual, 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 are 25 multiple choice questions on the permit test. You need to get at least 80% in order to pass. Remember, You are NOT allowed to use the driver’s handbook 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 North Carolina permit test, what should I do?
If you failed your written test, you won’t be given a permit. But you can take it again as early as next day.
I passed my North Carolina permit test! Now what?

You must wait at least 12 months before taking your road test. If you are under 17, you must complete at least 60 hours of behind the wheel training.

When can I take my road test?
After getting your learner’s permit, you must wait at least 12 months with a learner’s permit before taking your road test. If you are under 17, you must also complete 60 hours of behind the wheel training during the 12 months.
Who may I have in the car with me while driving in North Carolina with a learner's permit?
You must have a supervising licensed driver with you at all times when you’re driving with a permit.
New to North Carolina
Will I have to pass a road test when I move to North Carolina from another state?
Usually no road test is required. However, that is up to the discretion of the examiner. 60 days after moving, you must complete a vision test and a written road sign test to obtain a North Carolina license.
Is my out-of-state learners permit valid in North Carolina?
Yes, you may drive with you out-of-state learner’s permit in North Carolina. You must adhere to the rules of both your home state and North Carolina. If you are under 18, you will still have to take driver’s education
Where do I find more driving-related information when moving to North Carolina?
If you have further questions regarding driving in North Carolina,  you should visit the North Carolina DMV website.

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