The California DMV Learners Permit Test
If you want to earn your California learners permit and drivers license, you first have to pass the permit test at the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). This is a written exam that tests your knowledge of California traffic laws and signs.
The test has 46 multiple-choice questions, and you need to answer at least 38 questions correctly to pass.
How to Prepare for the CA Permit Test
There are lots of ways to prepare for your California DMV permit test. A good way to start is by reading and reviewing the California Driver Handbook. All the questions on the permit test come from the driver handbook.
Taking a drivers education course is also a great way to prepare. If you’re under 17½, you’re required to complete a DMV-approved drivers ed course to earn your permit. If you’re taking a course, review the material before you take the test.
Practice permit tests can also help you get an idea of what the test will be like. You can take practice tests to see what you score.
Tips for the California DMV Permit Test
- All questions come from the California Driver Handbook. Study the California Driver Handbook before the test.
- Read each question carefully. Do not read more into the question than what is written. Each question has one correct answer and two incorrect answers.
- If you miss a question on the test, you can ask the DMV employee which page of the California Driver Handbook the correct answer is on.
Where to Take the California Permit Test
You can take the permit test at any DMV office that offers drivers license services. Find a DMV office location near you for your permit test.
To speed up the process, schedule an appointment online at http://dmv.ca.gov or by phone at 1-800-777-0133.