Select Your Free 2021 MO Practice Permit Test to Get Started

Select Your <strong>Free 2021 MO Practice Permit Test</strong> to Get Started
Looking to pass the DOR written test and become a licensed driver in the great state of Missouri?   Give yourself the best possible chance before the big day by taking advantage of our test prep resources.   Start your journey by becoming familiar with the information in the Missouri Driver’s Handbook and then test your knowledge using our free practice tests.   Each practice test includes a color coded progress tracker, detailed explanations, and a powerful missed question bank when you are ready to review their missed questions. To help you get started we’ve put together a list of essential study tools.  Our free Missouri practice permit tests are a great way to get some practice in while getting a feel for the real test format. You’ll also find official the Missouri Driver’s Manual can be an especially valuable test prep resource. We offer practice tests and manuals to help you prepare for the motorcycle permit test as well. All of our study material has been created to help you study from the comfort of home.  Nothing could be more convenient.  By using our study aids, you’ll be well on your way towards getting your Missouri learner’s permit.

Permit Practice Tests (150 questions)

  • Questions 1-40
    Practice Test 1

    Start becoming familiar with the type of questions and format of the real exam with this popular Missouri DOR Practice Test. Quickly test your knowledge.

  • Questions 41-80
    Practice Test 2

    The second test in our series of Missouri permit practice tests includes 40 challenging questions. Test yourself and become an expert with a little extra practice.

  • Questions 81-120
    Practice Test 3

    Why take advantage of little more practice. Missouri DOR Practice Test 3 features 40 additional practice test questions on the rules of the road.

  • Questions 121-160
    Practice Test 4

    Keep your study session going with MO DOR Practice Test 4. Challenge yourself with 40 more questions on road rules and safe driving techniques.

  • Questions 161-210
    Road Signs Test

    See if you can pass our challenging practice test covering MO road signs. There are 25 questions covering all five types of traffic signs on this test.

  • 50 random questions
    DOR Test Simulator

    Get a feel for the real exam before you visit your local DOR office. Designed to simulate the real test with randomized questions, no explanations, and new questions every time.

  • All 150 questions
    Endurance Test

    Featuring 150 of the most challenging questions to date, this comprehensive practice test will truly test your knowledge. Make sure this test is part of your study plan.

Motorcycle Practice Tests (100 questions)

  • Questions 1-25
    Motorcycle Test 1

    To prepare for the Missouri Motorcycle written test take our MO Motorcycle Practice Test 1. Featuring 25 questions, this test will challenge your knowledge of safe motorcycle operation. Get started.

  • Questions 26-50
    Motorcycle Test 2

    Continue your preparation for Missouri’s written motorcycle test with our MO Motorcycle Practice Test Two. It contains 25 more questions to get you ready. Take it now.

  • Questions 51-75
    Motorcycle Test 3

    Test your understanding of motorcycle operation with the MO Motorcycle Practice Test Three. This test contains questions similar to those on the actual stat motorcycle test. Get started now.

  • Questions 76-100
    Motorcycle Test 4

    As we continue our practice test series, the MO Motorcycle Practice Test 4 contains 25 additional questions focused on the safe operation of a motorcycle. Take it now.

  • All 100 questions
    Motorcycle Endurance Test

    Prepare for the Missouri motorcycle permit test with this comprehensive practice test featuring the largest number of questions we have for Missouri. Test your knowledge and endurance now!

  • Missouri DOR Handbook 2021

    The Missouri Drivers Handbook is a powerful study tool to help you begin preparing for the Missouri permit or license test. Get your FREE copy here!

  • Missouri DOR Motorcycle Handbook 2021

    The Missouri Motorcycle Manual is a powerful study aid to help you begin preparing for the Missouri motorcycle license test. Get your free copy here!

Missouri Learner's Permit FAQ

Applying for Your MO License

What are the age requirements for getting started?

Missouri has instituted a graduated driver’s licensing program that is designed to help teens gain driving experience while minimizing the risks associated with first-time drivers. The Missouri GDL program has the following levels and age requirements:

  • Learner’s Permit – 15 years old
  • Intermediate License – 16 years old
  • Full Driver’s License – 18 years old

What documents am I required to bring with me when applying for a license in Missouri?

You will need to bring all of the following:

  • Proof of name, birth date and birthplace
  • Social Security number
  • Proof of Missouri residency
  • Completed driver’s license/permit application
  • Form DOR-100 (Driver Examination Record)
  • $3.50 for permit fee

For documents that can be submitted as proof of name, birth place and date and residency, visit https://dor.mo.gov/drivers/idrequirements.php.

Where do I file my MO driver’s license application?

Licensing in Missouri is handled by the Department of Revenue. There are DOR offices located throughout the state.

How can I contact my local office?

Call 573-526-2407 or visit https://dor.mo.gov/contact/.

Do I have to take a Driver’s Ed Course?

Driver’s education is not required in Missouri. However, some high schools and private institutions do offer driver’s ed and experts recommend taking the course to gain information about driving and improve your skills.

What if I am new to Missouri?

Teens under the age of 18 who move to Missouri with a valid out-of-state driver’s license can transfer their license and receive a MO Intermediate Driver’s License. If you transfer your license within 30 days of your 18th birthday, you will receive a full MO driver’s license.

What subjects are commonly covered on the written test?

Questions on the Missouri written knowledge test are drawn from the state driver guide and cover traffic laws, road signs and safe driving tips and techniques. Here are examples of content taken from the driver guide that you could be tested on:

  • Before you drive away from any parking space, you should be sure to check for traffic and signal.
  • If you drive while your license is suspended, your driving privilege may be revoked for one year after you are convicted. If you continue to drive while your license is revoked, you may be convicted of a felony and have your license revoked again for one year.

How is the test formatted?

The Missouri written test is multiple choice.

Are there a lot of “trick” questions on the written test?

The Missouri Driver Guide specifically says, “All of the test questions come directly from information found in this guide (the Missouri Driver Guide). There are no ‘trick’ questions.”

How many questions are on the test and how many do I need to answer correctly to pass?

The Missouri written test has 25 questions and you must answer at least 20 of the correctly to pass.

What are the best ways to prepare for the written test?

You should study the Missouri Driver Guide thoroughly. You should also try to memorize numerical information found in the guide, such as distances, lengths, speed limits and other measurements. To verify your knowledge and identify any weak areas that you need to study more take online practice tests.

Where can I get a free Missouri Driver’s Manual to study?

We offer free Driver Guides.

How can I improve my odds for passing the first time I take the test?

Take practice tests online to see what areas you are strong in and what you need to study more. Then use the Missouri Driver Guide to study those weak areas and improve your knowledge.

What should I do the night before the test?

You should plan on doing a general review of the Driver Guide and taking a couple of practice tests to ensure you are fully prepared. You should also try to go to bed early so that you are fully rested and ready on test day.

Do I need to make an appointment to take the written test?

If your local office accepts appointments, it is recommended that you make one to avoid a potentially long wait.

Where do I take the written test?

At a local DOR office.

What do I need to bring when I sit for the written test?

Plan on bringing:

  • Proof of name, birth date and birthplace
  • Social Security number
  • Proof of Missouri residency
  • Completed driver’s license/permit application
  • Form DOR-100 (Driver Examination Record)
  • $3.50 for permit fee

Documents that are acceptable to submit as proof can be found at the DOR website.

Who should accompany me to the written test?

A parent or legal guardian should accompany you.

Do I need to pay a fee to take the written test?

Yes, you will need to pay a $3.50 fee.

What should I expect when I sit for the written test?

The test will include 25 questions covering the laws and methods of driving presented in the Missouri Driver Guide. There is also a road signs test. The written test is NOT an open book test – meaning you cannot refer to notes or the driver guide as you take it. One note: you will not be tested on the commercial vehicle content presented in Chapter 15. To pass the written test you will need to answer at least 20 questions correctly. We offer practice tests formatted like the real Missouri test.

What happens after I pass the written test?

Upon passing the test, you will receive your Learner’s Permit and can begin practice driving with a parent, legal guardian or licensed driver who must be at least 25 or older with a minimum of three years’ driving experience if you are under 16 or at least 21 years of age if you are 16 or over.

What happens if I fail the written test?

You can retake the test.

How soon can I retake the written test?

If there is time that day, you may be able to retake it immediately if you so desire. However, it might be a good idea to study more before retaking the test.

I’ve passed the written permit test, what are the next steps?

You are now required to log 40 hours of supervised driving practice, including at least 10 hours at night. If you are under 16 you must drive with a parent, legal guardian or licensed driver age 25 or older with at least three years of driving experience. If you are 16 or over, you must drive with a licensed driver age 21 or older.

How long after getting my Learner’s Permit can I apply for a license?

Once you have held your learner’s permit for at least 182 days, are at least 16 years old and have completed the 40 hours of driving practice (with at least 10 hours at night), you can apply for your Intermediate Driver’s License.

Can I drive anywhere in Missouri with my Learner’s Permit?

Yes, as long as you are accompanied by a qualified licensed driver you can drive on any public road or street in Missouri.

Should I practice driving solely during the day?

No, you must also complete at least 10 hours of driving between sunset and sunrise.

Does anyone have to be in the car with me when I’m driving with my Learner’s Permit?

Yes, if you are under 16 a licensed driver age 25 or older with three years of driving experience must be in the front passenger seat. If you are 16 or over, you must be accompanied by a licensed driver age 21 or older.

What should I do if I have a lost Missouri Learner’s Permit?

If you have a lost or stolen Learner’s Permit, visit the local DOR office with your identification documents and $3.50 to get a replacement permit.

How can I be sure I’m prepared to ace the driving test?

Practice driving as much as possible and be sure to practice with licensed drivers who themselves are good drivers and can give you tips and suggestions on how to improve. Also, study the Missouri Driver Guide and try to apply the described driving methods as you practice.

Are there particular driving maneuvers I should practice?

You should practice right and left turns, stopping and starting, parking, changing lanes and defensive driving.

How can I simulate the driving test?

The Missouri driver’s test includes: starting and stopping the vehicle, parking parallel to the curb, backing, parking on a hill, entering and leaving intersections and understanding and obeying traffic signals and signs so be sure to practice all of these things.

How do I schedule my driving test?

Contact your local DOR office to schedule an appointment.

Where do I take the driving test?

You will take the test at a local DOR office.

What should I bring to the driving test?

  • Your valid Learner’s Permit
  • Completed Driver’s License Application
  • Proof of driving practice hours
  • Proof of name, birthday and birth place
  • Social Security Number
  • Proof of Missouri Residency (acceptable documents to submit)
  • $7.50 for license fee

You will also need:

  • A vehicle that is familiar to you and that is in proper working order. The vehicle should also have a current license plate and a valid inspection sticker
  • Vehicle Registration
  • Proof of insurance

Who should bring me to the driving test?

A licensed parent or legal guardian should bring you.

What will I be asked to do on the driving test?

You will be asked to start the vehicle; drive it smoothly; make turns, including a three-point turn; park; and stop the vehicle. As you drive, the examiner will be judging you on, among other things, the distance between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you; your speed while driving; driving in the proper lane and obeying lane markings; your awareness of the traffic around you; and yielding the right-of-way when necessary.

What are the most common reasons new drivers fail the driving test?

Drivers often fail due to making minor mistakes that add up to a failing score. If you lose more than 30 points, you will fail the test. You will also fail the test if you are in a crash with another vehicle and it is your fault; hit a pedestrian; drive so dangerously you might have caused a traffic crash; violate a traffic law; or refuse to drive as the examiner asks.

What are five things I should be sure to do when taking the driving test?

  • When backing up, drive straight and smoothly
  • Always come to a complete stop
  • Always check mirrors before turning or changing lanes
  • Always pay close attention to your speed so you don’t go over the limit
  • Always leave a safe distance between you and the vehicle in front of you

What happens if I fail the driving test?

You can retake the test, possibly as soon as the next day. Your examiner will tell you what you did wrong and when you can retake the test.

How many times can I retake the test?

If you fail the test three times, you will have to submit a form to the DOR requesting permission for another test and will then have to undergo more driver training before taking it.

I’ve passed the road test, now what?

You will receive your intermediate license.

What restrictions come with a Missouri license?

You may not drive between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. unless accompanied by a licensed driver at least 21 years of age or you are driving to/from school or work or it’s an emergency.

For the first six months that you have your Intermediate Driver’s License, you can only have one passenger under 19 in your car who is not an immediate family member.

After the first six months, you can only have up to three passengers in your car under 19 years of age who are not immediate family members.

What are the insurance requirements for drivers in MO?

Missouri drivers are required to carry insurance for injuries that may be caused to another. Minimum coverage amounts are: $25,000 per person, $50,000 per accident, and $10,000 for property damage.

What if I need to renew my license or replace a lost/stolen license?

Missouri Driver’s Licenses are valid for three years for those between 18 and 20 years old; for six years for those between 21 and 69 years old; and for three years for those 70 years old or more. The Missouri DOR will send a renewal notice with instructions to you at least 15 days prior to your license’s expiration date.

If your license is lost or stolen, you can get a replacement by visiting the local DOR office with your identification documents and $22.50 for a three-year license or $25 for a six-year license.

Where can I renew my Missouri driver’s license?

You can only renew your Missouri license in person – unless you are a military member or dependent, who can also renew by mail.

Will I be required to take a vision test when renewing my license?

Yes, you must take an acuity vision test and a peripheral (side) vision test when you renew your driver’s license.

The minimum requirements to pass the vision test are at least 20/40 with either or both eyes. The minimum peripheral reading is at least 55 degrees in each eye or 85 degrees in one eye.

Failure to meet these requirements will result in a restriction being placed on your license. If both your natural and corrected acuity vision are worse than 20/160, you will not be allowed to take the driving test or get a license.

How to Get Your Missouri Learner’s Permit in 2021

Earning your permit and ultimately becoming a fully licensed driver in the state of Missouri means completing the steps of the Graduated Driver’s License Program (GDL), a multi-step process that will give you time to properly learn the rules of the road before you begin driving on your own. GDL programs have been proven to reduce traffic collisions due to inexperienced young drivers.

The GDL process in the state of Missouri includes three different steps:

  • Instruction Permit
  • Intermediate License
  • Full License

This guide will help you learn how to pass the Missouri permit test and go on to earn unrestricted driving privileges.

Instruction Permit

When you are 15 years old, you can apply for your Instruction Permit (or learner’s permit). This involves passing a written knowledge test (permit test) that will check how familiar you are with traffic law, traffic signals and road signs.

The Missouri DOR Test — What You Need to Know

Getting your Missouri learner’s permit will open up a whole new world to you.  And once you have your actual driver’s license, you’ll be able to go wherever you choose…whenever you choose.  But before you can get your permit and enjoy your new found freedom, the Missouri’s Motor Vehicle division requires you to pass the permit test. The MO permit test features a series of multiple-choice questions designed to test your knowledge of safe driving techniques, Missouri’s motor vehicle laws, rules of the road, and various road signs.

Begin by Studying

The more you study ahead of time, the better you will do on the permit test. We offer a free copy of the Missouri Driver’s Handbook for you to use, or you can request a physical copy by visiting the Missouri Department of Revenue (DOR).

Take the Next Step and Prepare With MO DOR Practice Tests

Every year thousands of people take the permit test with no preparation.  Unfortunately, state statistics reveal that the majority also leave empty-handed.  A failed exam means having to come back and take the exam all over again and in some cases pay a retesting fee.  Do you really want to go through all that?

Fortunately, we’re dedicated to helping people prepare for the permit test.

If you aren’t taking advantage of practice permit tests, you are missing out on a wonderful resource. Our Missouri practice permit test contains similar subject matter as the actual test, and taking it a few times is a good way to figure out whether you’re ready for the real thing.

Visit Your Local Testing Office

Locate a Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) Testing Site and Do Your Testing

Although the DOR is in charge of licensing, the MSHP takes care of the actual testing. First, you will visit a testing site and do your permit test and vision exam. Then, you will return to the DOR to apply for your Instruction Permit.

Relax and do your best on the test. If you studied hard and took practice exams, there is no reason to believe you won’t do well.

When you pass your tests, you will be given a Driver Examination Record (Form DOR-100), which demonstrates your success. Take that to the DOR office, also bringing along:

  • Proof of identity (a birth certificate, U.S. passport or citizenship documents).
  • Your Social Security card.
  • Proof of Missouri residency (utility bills, employment records or school records).
  • Your completed application.
  • $3.50 in fees.

Start Your Supervised Driving Practice

Now that you have your permit, you can begin to practice driving. However, if you are under the age of 16, you may only drive with a parent, legal guardian or driving instructor who is at least 25 years old and has been driving at least three years. During this phase, your parent or guardian must sign a Parent or Guardian Permission Statement (Form 5434), which you will need to keep in the vehicle you are using for your practice.

When you are 16 years old, you may drive with any licensed driver age 21 or older as long as that person is carrying their license at the time.

While holding your Instruction Permit, the state of Missouri requires that you complete 30 hours of daytime practice driving and 10 hours of nighttime practice. The supervising driver will need to log those hours in a Driver Experience Log (Form 4901).

Intermediate License

When you turn 16, you have held your Instruction Permit for 182 days and you have completed your practice driving, you are eligible to apply for your Intermediate License. This requires that you pass a behind-the-wheel driving test, which will check how well you can operate a vehicle and observe road laws.

Note: You can’t apply for your Intermediate License if you have had an alcohol-related conviction within the past year or any traffic violation in the past six months.

When you’re ready, visit an MSHP testing site and take your road test. Bring along a parent or guardian and a registered and insured vehicle to use for the test. You must receive a score of 70 percent or better to pass.

If it’s been more than a year since your written exam and vision test, you will need to take them again at this time.

Upon passing, head to the DOR office and bring along:

  • Your Instruction Permit.
  • A completed driver license application.
  • Signed proof that you completed your practice driving.
  • Proof of identity and residency.
  • Your Social Security number.
  • $7.50 in fees.

Until you are 18 years old, the Missouri Intermediate License comes with some limitations:

  • Unless you are accompanied by a licensed driver age 21 or older, you may not drive between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. There is an exception if you are driving to school or work. You also may drive in an emergency situation.
  • You and your passengers must always wear safety belts.
  • For the first six months, you can’t have more than one passenger under the age of 19 unless the passengers are immediate family members.
  • After six months have passed, you can only have three passengers under the age of 19 unless those passengers are immediate family members.

Driver’s License

When you are 18 years old, you can apply for your full license as long as you haven’t had any traffic or alcohol violations in the past year. To do so, visit your local DOR office and bring along:

  • Your Intermediate License.
  • Proof of identity and residency.
  • Your Social Security card.
  • $10 in fees.

Your permanent Missouri Full Driver’s License should arrive in the mail within 10 business days. Congratulations! You are now an unrestricted driver.

Additional Information

If you’re moving to Missouri and currently carry a driver’s license for your state, you can trade it in for a Missouri license. Visit your local DOR office and bring along:

  • Your out-of-state license.
  • Proof of identity and residency.
  • Your Social Security number.
  • Either $7.50 or $10 in fees, depending on your age and whether or not you want to apply for an Intermediate or Full License.