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District of Columbia DMV Learner's Permit FAQ

  • When can I apply for a permit in the District of Columbia?

    You can apply for a Learner’s Permit when you are 16 years of age.

  • What are the requirements to get a learners permit?

    You must provide proper identification and then pass a written knowledge test and a vision test. The written knowledge test will cover the district’s traffic laws and signs as well as basic vehicle safety and operation.

  • How many questions are on the permit test?

    There are 20 questions on the test.

  • How many questions must I answer correctly to pass?

    You must answer at least 15 correctly to pass.

  • What steps should I take to prepare for the test?

    Want to receive your learner’s permit as fast as possible? Then be sure to study – one very effective way to study is to use online practice exams that include real sample questions from the district DMV Exam. Take a District of Columbia practice permit test right now to test your driving knowledge.

  • What percentage of people fail the permit test?

    First-time test takers fail at a rate of approximately 70%, according to statistics. In DC, if you fail the test six times you must wait a full year to take the test again. To improve your chances of passing on the first time, take multiple practice exams that have been designed to closely mirror the actual test.

  • How much does the permit test cost?

    There is a $20 testing fee.

  • Where do I take the permit test?

    The District of Columbia Department of Motor Vehicles (DC DMV) is responsible for licensing drivers within the district. Visit http://dmv.dc.gov/ to find a location near you.

  • What documents should I bring on test day?

    You will visit the local DMV office with a parent or legal guardian. You will need to bring with you your birth certificate, Social Security Number, proof of residency and a notarized parental consent form. Once you’ve shown the proper identification, you will need to pass the written knowledge test and the vision test to receive your learner’s permit.

The District of Columbia DMV Learner’s Permit — What Your Need to Know

The day you get your learner’s permit will be unforgettable. It’s an exciting moment as your learner’s permit represents a new level of freedom and independence. But, before you can hit the open road, you will need to pass the Washington D.C. permit test.

The permit test is administered by the Washington, D.C.’s Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and features a series of multiple choice questions.  You’ll face questions on the rules of the road, traffic laws, safety rules, and road signs.  The test is designed to help determine if you have the knowledge to be a safe and courteous driver.

Learn Faster With DC DMV Practice Permit Tests

Each year,  statistics reveal that the majority of people fail the permit test. This is why it’s so important to study with the right tools to pass the test. Otherwise, you will have to return to the DMV to retake it and in some cases pay a retest fee.  Doesn’t sound like fun to us.

Don’t worry we’re here to help.  Reduce your test-related stress and anxiety by using our powerful study resources.  On this page you’ll find our interactive Washington DC practice permit test and the official District of Columbia’s Drivers Handbook.  Together they provide a great foundation to begin preparing for the exam.

And, if you’re looking to get your motorcycle permit, we have resources for that too. Here you’ll get all the necessary tools to help you prepare for the Washington DC permit test.

It’s time for you to start driving.  Prepare now!