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DC DMV driver's license

You can’t cruise by the Capitol without a driver’s license. To lobby for the legal documentation you need, you’ll have to pass some pretty specific tests and if you fail more than a few times, you can end up waiting a year to retest (you’re allowed 6 fails within a year and then you’ll have to wait another 365 days before trying again). While working hard is a part of being an American, so is using the resources that are available to you. That’s why we have comprehensive DMV practice tests, information, and handbooks all in one place. And while it’s unAmerican to cheat, we provide what we call a “cheat sheet” to reference prior to the test. The material will give you the confidence you need to walk into the office, pass, and walk out with the freedom to drive around.

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DC commercial driver's license

Touring our nation’s capital is an important learning experience that students come to experience from around the world. Driving that bus means taking part in their education and cultural understanding. However, to become a passenger bus driver, or any commercial driver in D.C. you will need a D.C. commercial driver's license (CDL). The $117 fee is relatively steep but the exam fee is only $10 for the knowledge exam and $10 for the skills exam. These open you up to the possibility of working on a number of A, B, or C Class vehicles. Whether you want to drive tourists in a bus or haul engine parts, we have you covered for all the possible CDL endorsements, including passenger and school busses, doubles/triples, tank vehicles, hazardous materials, or air brake restriction removal skills. With our exam prep, you'll be fully prepared for the real thing.

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Hard (251 questions)
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Behind-the-wheel portion of the exam (124 questions)
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Washington, DC Driver's License: When You Can Apply

AgeType of LicensePrerequisites
16 (First Timers)Learner PermitPass a Knowledge Test and a Vision Test.
16 ½+ (Learner Permit Holders)Provisional LicenseMust have held Learner Permit for 6 months. Also practice driving for 40 hours and pass a Vision Test and a Road Skills Test.
21+ (Learner Permit Holders)Full (Adult) LicensePass a Road Skills Test.
17+ (Provisional License Holders)Full (Adult) LicenseMust have held Provisional License for 6 months.

Note 1: To apply for any type of instruction permit or license, you must first obtain consent from your parents or guardians if you are under 18 years of age.

Note 2: If more than one line of this table applies to you, you can choose either option unless otherwise specified.

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District Columbia Driver's License & Permit FAQ

How Can I Apply for my DC Driver's License? Frequently Asked Questions

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  • What age should I be before applying for a learner’s permit in D.C.?

    You should be at least 16 years old before applying for your D.C. permit.
  • What documents do I need when I go to apply for my license in D.C.?

    You will need the following:
    • Proof of Name and Date of Birth
    • Proof of Social Security Number
    • Proof of Residency (if under 18)
    • Proof of Parental Approval (if 16 or 17)
  • Where do I go to apply for a driver's license in D.C.?

    Apply for your license at a testing center. Click here for a list of locations.
  • How can I contact my nearest D.C. DMV office?

    You can contact your nearest DMV office directly. Here’s a list of service stations.
  • Who should bring me for my knowledge test in D.C.?

    If you are under 18, your parent(s) should bring you or either send written consent.
  • Does D.C. require that I get a physical in order to get a license?

    No physical is required, however, you must report if you have any serious medical conditions.
  • Will I need a vision test when I go for my D.C. driver's license?

    Yes, you are required to take a vision test.
  • Where do I go to get my driver’s license picture taken?

    Your picture will be taken at the DMV office. It will be a full frontal digital photo that shows either the ears or up to the hairline without exposing the hair.
  • What’s the next step after I apply for my D.C. permit?

    You must hold your permit for at least 6 months without traffic violations. You must also obtain 40 hours of supervised driving.
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Here’s What Other Learners from DC are Saying:

"I took the learner's permit test twice and failed it. First attempt: 21/29...23 to pass. Second attempt I got a 14 or 15..23 to pass. After failing the second time some guy got me hip to this site and I've been using it to study. I went back to the DMV again (third time's the charm) and got a 26/29. Boo-yah!"

Manny Prive, Washington, DC

"I took the permit test TWICE and FAILED both tests. Some guy I met at the DMV told me about this website and I took the practice tests and failed almost all of them. By failing the practice tests I learned more than I ever did and I went back to the DMV and got a 25/29 or 86% and 23 or 80% is needed to pass."

Studon Ventel, Washington, DC

"Thanks in large part to this website and its test, I was able to pass my knowledge test with flying colors!"

Alphonso Morgan, Washington, DC

"I failed the test 2 times. The first I got 19/29 (23 to pass). The second time I got 22/29 (23 to pass). I felt like giving up because I didn't want to keep failing so my brother showed me this website and I've been taking the practice test for a week. I finally passed the third test 27/30. This website helped me out. I recommend it to anyone who wants to practice before going to your DMV. Also get the iPhone app!"

Kevin Kemp, Washington, DC

"I failed the DC permit test twice, and on the third time I passed! I took it the first time in December, didn't really study because many of my friends walked in and passed. I failed and was devastated. Anxious to pass, I took it again three days later and failed again. I had studied the manual so much for the second time that I couldn't figure out what I had done wrong. I was so dismayed about failing the test twice that i didn't begin studying again until recently. I did practice tests on this site everyday, and didn't focus as much on the manual. When I got a question wrong I wrote it on a document, and went back to those to study. This really helped me understand the material but also practice test taking and multiple choice. The last thing is that if your state's test has a "skip" feature, use it! You can come back to the ones you don't know at the end instead of having to quickly guess when you don 't know in the moment. If you failed one or more times like me, don't worry, you WILL pass, you just need to spend time practicing taking tests on this sight, and take your time with the test. Thanks Driving-Tests!"

Claire Smith, Washington, D.C.
Easy (125 questions)

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Hazardous Materials (HazMat) (100 questions)
School Bus (72 questions)
Passenger Vehicles (67 questions)
Air Brakes (119 questions)
Combination Vehicles (99 questions)
Double/Triple Trailers (60 questions)
Tanker Vehicles (61 questions)
Pre-Trip Inspection (60 questions)
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