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Free South Carolina DMV Permit Practice Test (SC)

  • Perfect for learner’s permit, driver’s license, and Senior Refresher Test
  • Based on official South Carolina 2024 Driver's manual
  • Updated for June 2024
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This South Carolina DMV practice test has just been updated for June 2024 and covers 40 of the most essential road signs and rules questions directly from the official 2024 SC Driver Handbook. In order to drive in South Carolina, you’ll be required to pass the official SC DMV test. It’s also known as the DMV permit test, driving test, DMV written test, driver’s license test, or simply the driver’s test. On the written test, you’ll be asked 30 multiple-choice questions -- you’ll need to answer 80% of those correctly in order to receive either your learner’s permit or driver’s license. You may apply for a learner’s permit starting at age 15. However, you must take a driver’s education course to get a full license if you are under 17 years of age. The fee for a permit is $2.50. You will also need to pay a $2 fee to take the written test, whether you are applying for a permit or a license. To help you prepare, we’ve designed this SC DMV practice test -- use it as your first step to prepare for the official exam. Just like on the real test, you must answer 80% of the questions correctly on this South Carolina DMV practice test to pass.

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South Carolina Learner's Permit Test FAQs in 2024

How many questions are on the permit test?

The South Carolina permit test consists of 30 questions. To pass, you need to answer at least 24 questions correctly, achieving an 80% passing score.

What is the cost of the permit test?

The fee for the South Carolina DMV permit test is $2, and the permit issuance fee is $2.50.

How can I obtain my permit?

To obtain a learner's permit in South Carolina, you must be at least 15 years old, pass a vision test and the knowledge test, and provide proof of identity, social security number, residency, and school attendance (if under 18).

Can I drive alone with a permit?

No, in South Carolina, you cannot drive alone with a learner's permit. You must be accompanied by an adult who is at least 21 years old, has at least one year of driving experience, and is seated in the front passenger seat.

What if my permit expires?

If your learner's permit expires in South Carolina, you need to renew it. You cannot legally drive with an expired permit, and you may need to retake the knowledge test if it has been expired for more than 9 months.

How long after getting a permit can I get a license?

In South Carolina, you must hold your learner's permit for at least 180 days before you can apply for a driver's license if you are under 17 years old.

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List of questions (classic view)

  1. On a two-lane road, if you encounter a stopped school bus with flashing red lights, you must
  2. When you parallel park next to a curb, you must park within _________ of the curb.
  3. Which of the following statements about speed limits is FALSE?
  4. What does this sign indicate?
  5. In South Carolina, you must dim your headlights whenever you are within ________ of an oncoming vehicle.
  6. If you are involved in a collision in which you are not at fault, you must
  7. You must not park your vehicle
  8. What does this sign mean?
  9. You are on a two-lane road. An emergency vehicle is approaching you with its siren and flashing lights on. You must
  10. If your brakes fail while you are driving, you should NOT
  11. If an oncoming vehicle has its high beams on, you should look __________ until the vehicle has passed.
  12. What does this sign mean?
  13. To maintain a firm grip on the steering wheel, you should
  14. In South Carolina, whenever you wish to turn, you must start to signal the turn at least _______ in advance.
  15. To turn around on a narrow, two-way street, you may make
  16. What does this sign indicate?
  17. Two vehicles approach an uncontrolled intersection (i.e., one without signs or signals) from different roadways at about the same time. The vehicle _________ has the right-of-way
  18. In South Carolina, it is recommended that you maintain a following distance of at least _________ behind the vehicle in front of you.
  19. In South Carolina, you must have your headlights turned on
  20. What does this sign indicate?
  21. If your vehicle stalls on railroad tracks when a train is approaching, what should you do?
  22. To turn the steering wheel at an intersection, you should use
  23. When a driver extends his or her left hand and arm downward, it means that he or she intends to
  24. What does this sign indicate?
  25. When driving in fog, snow, or rain, you should use your
  26. You have parked next to a curb, facing uphill. Which way should you point your front wheels?
  27. On a highway with four or more lanes, slower traffic should always use
  28. What does this sign mean?
  29. All work zone signs have
  30. In South Carolina, the driving privileges of a driver under 21 will be suspended if he or she is convicted of
  31. Two solid yellow lines in the center of the road mean that passing is
  32. What does this sign indicate?
  33. To use a roundabout or traffic circle, you must
  34. An Interstate System route marker sign is
  35. At the end of most entrance ramps on freeways or interstate highways, you will find _________ that allows you to increase your speed.
  36. What does this sign indicate?
  37. If you miss your exit on a limited-access highway, you should
  38. _________ are areas around trucks or other large vehicles in which other vehicles may disappear into blind spots.
  39. Which of the following conditions is known as hydroplaning?
  40. What does this sign mean?

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