North Carolina
Driving Practice Test


North Carolina offers a lot of fun places to drive, along the coast of the Atlantic Ocean, or a road to fun cities like Charlotte or Raleigh, you’ll need a driver’s license to get there. This website offers a number of free NC DMV practice tests designed to not only help you pass the official NC driving test, but also the NC permit test to help you earn your learner’s permit. In addition to earning a standard driver’s license, we also offer free tests for people looking to earn their CDL (commercial driver’s license) or motorcycle license in North Carolina. All of our tests mimic the experience of the real test, with multiple-choice questions that are designed to help you learn the rules of the road and identify traffic signs. All of the practice NC driver’s license tests on this site are completely free, so feel free to take them as often as you like. Press the button below to take a practice NC DMV test. You will be presented with 37 questions and you must answer 29 questions correctly to pass.  There is no time limit.  You may not go back once you answer a question.  Click the "Start Test" button below to begin.  Good luck!

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The do not enter sign is an example of a regulatory sign and it is:

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This sign means:

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Drivers on an express highway should avoid highway hypnosis by

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This sign means:

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What is the minimum your license will be suspended for if you are convicted the first time for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol?

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What road signs are the upside-down triangle shape used for?

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Which of the following is NOT an acceptable document to prove identity when applying for your license or permit?

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When driving in foggy conditions, you should turn on:

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The distance a vehicle travels between the time the driver sees a problem and the time he/she applies the brakes is known as

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Vehicles approaching a roundabout must

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Which of the following is not a reason for having your license suspended?

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When going down a steep decline or hill, you must

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__________are made to stop runaway vehicles safely without injuring drivers and passengers on steep mountain grades.

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This sign means:

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This sign is used to warn drivers about:

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How many crashes result because of another crash occurring?

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How much distance must you leave between you and a car you are following?

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When you have a green light at an intersection and a blind pedestrian enters the intersection in front of your car, you should:

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You are on a two-lane highway. There is a bicyclist in front of you and a car approaching from the other direction. What is the best thing to do?

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How many points are added to your license for using a cell phone while driving if you are under 18?

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When you come up on this sign, you need to know that

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If the rear of your vehicle starts to skid left, you should:

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What colors designate warning signs in work zones?

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When overtaking and passing a bicycle, the law requires you to allow the following space between your vehicle and the bicycle:

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What is the percentage of fatalities to pedestrians if a motorist is traveling at a speed of 40 mph?

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When driving on a slippery and unpredictable surface such as snow or ice, you should:

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Parking your car, other than momentarily, in front of a driveway is:

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Parking is never allowed:

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Where should you stop your vehicle when exiting a driveway?

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This road sign means:

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What color and types of markings do construction and maintenance signs consist of?

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You should always allow more space than normal in front of your vehicle when following:

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You must NOT pass another vehicle if you observe

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When brakes fail and you cannot get them to work:

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When driving on a slippery surface such as snow or ice, you should:

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Trucks and buses traveling down the highway have:

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Which of the following actions are illegal in the state of North Carolina?

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Drivers License

How To Get A North Carolina Drivers License

North Carolina uses a graduated licensing system with three tiers. You may apply for your learner’s permit when you are 15 and 6 months old. You have to bring a social security card, proof of residency, and the $20 fee to your local North Carolina DMV. You must also bring your driving supervisor with you, and this can be any adult who is 21 years or older and is in good standing. This adult will co-sign your learner’s permit application. You must pass a vision test with a score of 20/40, a sign test, and your 25 question written test with a score of 80 percent or higher.Oral tests are available upon request for people who have trouble reading. If you fail, you can retake the test in 10 days with no additional fee. You must hold your permit for 12 months before moving on to the next level. The next step is your limited provisional license. You must be 16 years old and complete 60 hours of supervised, documented driving with your supervising adult, with 10 of those hours being at night. You must pass a road test, have proof of insurance, and have no moving violations. A $20 fee applies to this tier.The final step is the full license. After you have held your provisional license for 6 months, you can apply for your full license. You must have no convictions or upcoming violations to be eligible, and pay the $20 fee. If you are new to North Carolina, you have 60 days to get a new license. To apply, you must appear in person at one of the state’s driver license offices and take the required tests. You must complete the road sign recognition and vision tests to obtain a North Carolina driver license.

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How To Pass the North Carolina Driver's License Test

Whether you’re seeking your North Carolina driver’s license or learner’s permit, you’ll need to be prepared to pass the North Carolina permit test or written road sign test on the first try. The following tips will prove helpful in scoring well on the test on your first try.

  • Take every practice NC DMV permit test and practice NC driver’s test you can. This site has a huge bank of test questions on North Carolina DMV road signs and traffic laws so use them to your advantage.

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  • Read the NC Driver’s Handbook like it’s the most important thing in the world. This document has everything you need to know about the written knowledge portion of the driver’s test and the road skills test. If you don’t have a physical copy you can download it in a link below.
  • Don’t sweat a tough question or two. You need to answer 20 out of 25 questions correctly, there’s a chance you’ll run into a question or two that you’ll need to make an educated guess on - that’s fine. Eliminate the answers that don’t make sense and make an educated guess. All you need to do is pass, so don’t stress a couple of questions that you’re not 100% sure about.

Additional Information

North Carolina Department of Transportation

For information on North Carolina driver’s licenses and testing, as well as information on vehicles and registration, you can find more information on the North Carolina DOT website at

Phone: 919.715.7000

To find the North Carolina DOT location nearest you please visit

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