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California Driver's License Handbook

Permit Test Study Guide Taking the DMV permit test in California does not have to be scary. Using this study guide and taking the permit practice test will help to ease the process. To study for your written permit test, it is important to thoroughly read the California DMV Driver Handbook. All the information on the test is covered in the handbook. Read it carefully and reread any section about which you are not completely clear.

The test will cover information from the entire handbook. However you may want to pay special attention to the Law and Rules of the Road section, as well as the Safe Driving Practices section, since a large proportion of the questions tend to come from those sections. The test is quite similar to the one that you will take to get your driver’s license, but also includes questions about permit restrictions and requirements for new drivers. Study the Special Section on Minors in the handbook for details. Other sections commonly covered on the test to pay special attention to while studying include:

  • Turns
  • Sharing the Road
  • Important Driving Tips
  • Parking
  • Vehicle Registration Requirements
  • License Classes
  • Traffic Lights and Signals
  • Traffic Lanes
  • Additional Driving Rules.

However be aware that questions on the permit test may come from any part of the Driver Handbook. This is the official California permit drivers manual from the DMV! Take a look at our other California Permit Resources: California Permit Practice Test


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Before you take a practice test make sure you've reviewed the California drivers handbook. You will be tested on this content!