Where to Take the California DMV Test. You may take the knowledge, vision, and behind-the-wheel driving test for cars and trucks at most DMV field offices that provide DL services. To save time, we have made a list of items needed when you take your exam starting with making an appointment online at dmv.ca.gov or call 1-800-777-0133 during normal business hours. Note: Knowledge and vision tests are required when you apply for an original California DL or upgrade to a different class of DL. Cheating The use of testing aids is strictly prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to: the California Driver Handbook, cheat sheets, and/or electronic communication devices such as a cell phone, hand-held computer, etc. If any testing aid is used during the knowledge test, the knowledge test will be marked as a “failure.” An action may also be taken by CaDMV against your driving privilege or the driving privilege of anyone else who assists you in the examination process. DMV Examinations Your CA DMV DL examinations include: • A vision test (bring your eyeglasses or wear contact lenses if required for driving). • A knowledge test. – DMV utilizes an automated TouchScreen Terminal (TST) to administer the knowledge test. • A behind-the-wheel driving test, if required. You must have an appointment to take the behind-the-wheel driving test. For the driving test, bring: – Your old DL or instruction permit, if you have one. – A licensed driver age 18 years old or older with a valid California DL. – Proof that the vehicle is properly insured. Important: If you use a rental vehicle, the driving test applicant must be listed on the rental contract. The contract must not exclude driving tests.
– A vehicle that is safe to drive, and has valid registration. The vehicle’s brake lights, horn, parking brake, and turn signals must work properly. The vehicle cannot have bald tires, which would have less than 1/32 inch tread depth in any 2 adjacent grooves. The driver’s side window must roll down. The windshield must allow a full unobstructed field of vision for you and the examiner. There must be at least 2 rearview mirrors (one must be on the left outside of the vehicle). – You will be asked to locate the controls for the vehicle’s headlights, windshield wipers, defroster, and emergency flashers. You must demonstrate how to use the parking brake. Note: The behind-the-wheel driving test will be rescheduled if the vehicle does not meet the above requirements or if you refuse to use your seat belt during the driving test. Technology, such as back up cameras and self-parking, cannot solely be used on a driving test. For your safety, no pets or passengers other than the DMV examiner or other authorized personnel, are permitted in the vehicle during your driving test. For more information, refer to Preparing for Your Driving Test (FFDL 22) Fast Facts brochure, California DMV videos, and sample tests available online at dmv.ca.gov.
You may drive off of the paved roadway to pass another vehicle:
If the shoulder is wide enough to accommodate your vehicle.
If the vehicle ahead of you is turning left.
Under no circumstances.
Example from a Dmv test, for all cars and trucks . It is a very windy day. You are driving and a dust storm blows across the freeway reducing your visibility. You should drive slower and turn on your: