Alabama Practice Permit Test

Living without a driver’s permit/license can be difficult, but getting one is within your reach. Use our tests to practice before taking the Alabama DPS Permit / Sign test. Get as close as you can to the actual DPS test from the comfort of your home computer. See for yourself! Randomized questions enable a different test every time you take it. There are different format options to choose from. See your score at the end of each test and find out the right answer if you missed any. Take the test as often as you want without registrations or trial periods. We are sure you will find continued practice for your Alabama DPS Permit /Sign Test useful—no sign ups, no trials. And, hey!—tell your friends on Twitter and Facebook. Practice and the roads of Alabama will be yours!

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Alabama Driving Schools

School's Name Address City Zip Code Phone Number
Alabama Driving Academy of Huntsville 50 Lake Forest Blvd SW Huntsville 35824 (256) 655-1966
Alabama Safety Institute 3201 Midtown Park S Mobile 36606 (251) 450-0200
Jomil Driving School 2317 Meridian St N Huntsville 35811 (256) 683-5648
Scissum Driving School 6408 Eric St NW Huntsville 35810 (256) 858-2006
Wyatt's Driving Academy 1219 Lyman Ct Montgomery 36109 (334) 271-1777
Defensive Driving 1406 22nd Ave Tuscaloosa 35401 (205) 759-9698
ESD School 1436 Shoal Creek Rd Decatur 35603 (256) 258-7964
ASC Traffic School 1703 Wilhite Rd Falkville 35622 (256) 736-5656
Tuscaloosa Driver Education 9781 Guernsey Ln Tuscaloosa 35405 (205) 344-3937
Alabama Defensive Drivers LLC 1111 Belleville Ave Brewton 36426 (251) 867-6456
Premier Driving Academy 7601 Theodore Dawes Rd Theodore 36582 (251) 653-5235
Driver Education Institute 1111 East Interstate 65 Service Rd S Mobile 36606 (251) 450-0298

FAQs

What age must I be before I can apply for my permit in Alabama?
In Alabama, you must be 15 or older to apply for your permit.
What documents will I be required to have when I go to apply for my license in Alabama?
The documents you bring to the DMV office should prove your identity & date of birth, social security number and proof of address. To prove your identity bring at least one of the following:
  • Valid, unexpired US Passport
  • Certified Birth Certificate
  • Certificate of Citizenship
  • Valid Permanent Resident Card
  • Unexpired employment authorization document
  • Consular Report of Birth Abroad
To prove your Social Security Number bring at least one of the following:
  • Social Security Card
  • A certified letter from the Social Security Administration stating the person’s name and Social Security Number
  • W-2 Tax Form
  • Medicare/Medicaid Card (if SS# IS FOLLOWED BY THE LETTER A)
To prove your address, bring at least 2 of the following:
  • Voter Registration Card
  • School Enrollment Documentation
  • Social Security Benefits statements/summary mailed to physical address
  • Utility bill less than 90 days old
  • Proof of payment of residential property tax.
Where is the nearest place I can go to apply for a driver’s license in Alabama?
Your local Alabama public safety office, otherwise known as DMV office, is the place to go when you are ready to apply for your license. If you need additional help finding your local office, log onto www.dps.alabma.gov.
Is it easy to contact my nearest Alabama DMV office?
It absolutely is! Any Alabama DMV office will be pleased to assist you. Just call (334)242-4400 or email DriverLicenseInfo@dps.alabama.gov for any questions or concerns.
Who is allowed to bring me for my permit test in Alabama?
Any valid licensed driver age 21 or older may bring you. This could be a parent, legal guardian, sibling, neighbor, driving instructor, or any licensed driver you can trust.
Is a physical required in order to get a permit in Alabama?
A physical examination isn’t required when getting your license in Alabama. Keep in mind however, if you are afflicted with a mental or physical impairment, an examiner officer has the authority to deem you unfit for driving.
Is a vision test necessary when I go to apply for my Alabama driver’s license?
Of course it is. You must be tested on how well you can see. If you wear corrective lenses, you should wear them during the exam.
Where do I get a photo for my Alabama driver’s license taken?
The state of Alabama uses their own photography system for driver licenses. Alabama also has a newly introduced Star ID system that has been put into effect for the purposes of reducing fraud and fighting terrorism. To find out more about this new system.
What happens after I apply for my Alabama license?
Your next steps are simple once you have applied for your license and have obtained your permit. If you are under age 18, you must wait at least 6 months before scheduling a road test. Make certain you acquire at least 30 hours of behind the wheel training before scheduling your road test. If you are over age 18, you may schedule your road test whenever you are ready without having to meet the above requirements.
Do I need to put up hair when taking driver’s license photo?
You may wear your hair the same way you would normally wear it; however, it should not be covering your face or your eyes. The purpose of the photo is to be able to identify who you really are. Besides, you would not want to hide that amazing face!
What make-up to wear when I get my AL driver’s license picture taken?
Wear your normal make-up; however, the less make-up the better. As long as you are not wearing so much make-up to where you are unrecognizable, you will be fine!
Why is it best not to smile when taking your drivers license picture?
Some states are moving towards face recognition technology that will be able to uniquely identify each individual. A straight face on the photo helps distinguish who you really are. This is all in an effort to stop fraud.
What are some tips for getting the best out of the driver’s license picture?
Look straight into the camera and keep a calm and relaxed face!
What should I be studying for the Alabama permit test?
The AL driver’s handbook is the most trusted source when studying for the permit test. You can rest assured that permit test questions will come straight from the driver’s manual. In Alabama, all sections of the driver’s manual are important. Focus on road signs, speeding limits, traffic violations, defensive driving techniques and proper yielding situations.
What is the best way to study for the Alabama permit test?
Take our FREE AL Permit Practice Tests as many times as you want until you’re 100% ready! Focusing on the main topics in each section of the manual will be a great way to begin studying the manual. In advance, begin reading the entire manual and take note of the main ideas from each section. Once you have done that, go back daily over the main topics. Next, begin taking practice tests available online. Once you have studied for several weeks, you may want to read the manual again just for additional clarification. You will need to spend plenty of time learning the rules of the road in order to ensure that you pass you test the FIRST TIME.
Is driver’s education required in order to get an Alabama learner’s permit?
Alabama drivers under 18 have a choice of completing at least 30 hours of behind-the-wheel driving practice or completing a driver education course approved by the Alabama State Department of Education. Get a verification form for both from www.dps.alabma.gov.
Where should I go to get a free 2014 Alabama driver’s manual?
It’s always easy to get an Alabama driver’s manual. You may go pick one up from a local driver’s license center or you can download one from. You can also check out the Alabama Driver’s Manual online on our website.
Do I need to read the whole Alabama driver’s handbook in order to pass the permit test?
If you want to ACE your test the first time, you should read the whole manual. The state of Alabama recommends it. You will also be confident taking your test knowing you’ve read everything that could possibly be on the exam.
Is there a mobile Alabama Practice Test app for my iPhone/iPad?
Yes, there is. We are currently working on finalizing it and will be launching it shortly! It’s a great way to study for your AL written test, so stay tuned!
What are some example questions I can expect to see on the Alabama permit test?
The entire Driver’s Manual is fair game for permit test questions. Expect questions to cover topics ranging from traffic signs to safe driving techniques. Here are some sample questions:
  • When you see a flashing yellow signal light you should __________
  • When driving in the center lane, you can_________.
  • At a stop light what maneuvers can you make?
There are several websites around that offer sample test questions. Most of them will offer you a low-quality free test, but will charge you for the full test. Take our FULL 100% FREE tests, starting with the AL Permit Practice Test One – it’s a proven way to help you prepare, and the questions are amazingly similar to what you’ll get at the real DMV Test!
How is the test graded?
You must get 24 out of 30 questions correct. You will know your score immediately upon finishing.
Where can I find free AL permit practice tests online?
Driving-Tests.org offers 5 FREE AL permit practice tests for your state, you can find the links to all five of them above. Start with this Practice Test One here: AL Permit Practice Test One.
Where should I go to take my permit test in Alabama?
An Alabama Public Safety office, also known as DMV office, is the place to go to take your permit test. Find one near you along with times of operation on heir Offices.
Got any tips on what to do the night before my Alabama permit test?
By now, it’s safe to presume you are well prepared. If you are well prepared, here are some last minute tips that have helped others pass their permit test: review all material, take the review tests available online, rest and relax for the next day.
What’s the average number of people who pass their Alabama permit test the first time?
Many people pass their test the first time because they are well prepared and confident. You can be one of those people too. Just read the manual, take the practice tests, and remain calm during your exam.
What ways can I tell that I’m ready to take my Alabama permit test?
Alabama Department of Public Safety suggests you read the entire manual for your permit test. The questions will come from any place in the manual. Watch for these signs in order to tell if you are prepared for the permit test: you can easily recall the rules of the road without assistance, you score high on online practice tests, you are familiar with all road signs.
I think I’m ready for my Alabama permit test, what should I do next?
Before you go to your local DMV office, you must first make sure you are prepared. Look below to see what actions to take next:
  1. Step One: Prepare by studying the Driver’s Book and taking the practice tests.
  2. Step Two: Gather your proofs of identity, social security number and address.
  3. Step Three: Collect your $5 permit test fee
  4. Step Four: Go take and PASS your permit test
Where do I go to sign up for my permit test in Alabama?
Signing up is easy. Just find a local DMV office when you’re ready to apply. Find out more at www.dps.alabma.gov.
When am I allowed to get my permit in Alabama?
You can get your permit as early as age 15.
Are there any specific documents I should have when I go to take my permit test in Alabama?
There are a few documents you will need when you go to take your permit test. You are going to need at least one document that verifies your identity such as a
  • Valid, unexpired US Passport
  • Certified Birth Certificate
  • Certificate of Citizenship
  • Valid, Permanent Resident Card
  • Unexpired employment authorization document
  • Consular Report of Birth Abroad
You will need one document that verifies your Social Security Number such as a
  • Social Security Card
  • A certified letter from the Social Security Administration stating the person’s name and Social Security Number
  • W-2 Tax Form
  • Medicare/Medicaid Card (if SS# IS FOLLOWED BY THE LETTER A)
You will also need at least 2 documents that verify your address such as
  • Voter Registration Card
  • School Enrollment Documentation
  • Social Security Benefits statements/summary mailed to physical address
  • Utility bill less than 90 days old
  • Proof of payment of residential property tax.
How much will I have to pay for my permit test in Alabama?
Alabama has one of the lowest permit test fees. It only costs $5.
Do my parents have to bring me when I take my permit test?
If you are 15 years old when you go to apply for your permit, your parent or legal guardian must bring you. The only other person who may bring you at this age is a driving instructor. If you are 16 or older, any responsible licensed driver age 21 or older may bring you.
What should I know in order to pass my Alabama permit test?
Expect to know Alabama traffic laws, road signs, and rules for safe driving. All material will be taken from the Alabama Driver License manual. Subjects will cover sharing the road, meaning of road signs, navigating Intersections, speeding consequences, drinking and driving laws.
How many questions are there on the Alabama permit test?
Expect to see 30 questions on the exam.
What is the passing score on the Alabama permit test?
You must score 26 out of 30 questions correctly.
How many questions can I miss on the Alabama permit test?
You aren’t allowed to miss more than 6 questions.
What common mistakes should I avoid when taking the Alabama permit test?
Common mistakes include studying practice test questions instead of studying the manual, not learning the road signs, lack of understanding for the rules of the road.
May I use the Alabama driver’s book when I take the actual permit test at the DMV?
You are NOT allowed to use the driver’s book during your permit test. You are being tested on your ability to recall the rules of the road. Prepare yourself before you go in and you will see that you can do well without the manual.
Do I get a drug test when I get a learner’s permit in Alabama?
No, a drug test is not necessary when getting a driver’s license in Alabama.
Which DMV office is the easiest one to go to take my permit test in Alabama?
It’s best to go to a DMV office nearest you. If you need help finding one, go to the Offices
How do I read some feedback from people who already passed their permit test in AL?
Check out all the real people who have taken the test.
I failed my Alabama permit test, what now?
If you fail your test, look on the bright side, when you retake it, you know what to expect! Look over your manual and study notes again. Then go back and take your test again. You may even get some of the same questions as before.
When is the next time I can take my Alabama written test if I fail?
Take the test again as early as you wish. Really concentrate on your areas of weakness before taking the test again.
Who may I have in the car with me while driving in Alabama with a permit?
If you only hold a learners permit, you must have a licensed driver age 21 or older in the front seat with you at all times. Other than your supervising licensed driver, you may have up to 3 other passengers in the car with you.
Can I drive anywhere in Alabama with a learner’s permit?
Any public street or road is acceptable for practice driving. Remember, you must have a licensed driver age 21 or older sitting next to you at all times.
What happens after I pass my permit test in Alabama?
After you pass the written test and pay your $5 permit fee, the examiner will give you a learner’s permit. The permit will have your picture on it and will indicate that you have the privilege of driving in Alabama. You must have a licensed driver age 21 or older in the car with you at all times. You must wait at least 6 months during this period to prepare yourself for the road test. You will do this with consistent practice that includes acquiring at least 30 hours of behind the wheel training. Once you have prepared yourself and met all of the requirements mentioned above, you may schedule your road test.
What should I be practicing on for the Alabama road test?
On the day of your exam you will be tested on your overall ability to control your vehicle. We suggest you focus on ordinary maneuvers like right and left turns, signaling, backing up and three point turns.
Can I practice driving anywhere in Alabama?
Yes, as long as it is a public street or road, you may practice driving on it. Be sure to always have your supervising licensed driver age 21 or older accompanying you at all times. You are not allowed to drive between midnight and 6am.
Where can I find a driving school in Alabama for help with driving?
If you are looking for driving schools go to for a list in your area.
What do I need to bring with me when visiting a driver license center to take my road test?
Be sure to bring your unexpired learner’s permit, $23.50 license fee, well equipped and insured vehicle, licensed driver age 21 or older
What things will I be asked to perform on my Alabama driving exam?
Can you show the examiner that you know how to make proper right & left turns, change lanes, use marked and unmarked lanes of traffic, back up the vehicle and make a quick stop if necessary? If you answered yes to all of these, then you have an idea of what to expect on your Alabama driving exam.
What is the best thing to do the night before my Alabama road test?
The best thing you can do the night before your road test is relax. You should be well prepared and ready to drive the next day. Don’t be nervous. Think positive thoughts and look forward to showing your reliable driving skills to the examiner. Remember to have your learner’s permit and $23.50 license fee ready to take with you for the road test.
Do I need to schedule a driving test in Alabama?
Yes, you can make a road test appointment at the Birmingham office. Just call (205) 252-7445 or send an e-mail to Bham.DLRoadTestAppt@dps.alabama.gov. If you are anywhere else call 334-242-4400.
Where do I go to take my Alabama driving test?
Your local public safety office will be the place to go when you’re ready for your road test. Check out locations at www.dps.alabma.gov.
Will the DMV let me borrow a car for the Alabama road test?
No, you are required to supply your own vehicle. We strongly suggest you use a vehicle you have been practicing with for your road test. You are better familiar with it and will be more comfortable driving it.
Can anyone take me for my road test in Alabama?
Any person with a valid driver’s license age 21 or older can bring you for the road test.
How do I make sure I pass the Alabama road test the first time?
Preparing yourself will be the surest way of determining whether you pass or not. The Department of Public Safety wants applicants to know that the smallest things matter when it comes to passing your test such as frequent glances in your mirrors while driving. You may also want to check out the following article: You Can Do It! How To Pass A DMV Driving Test On Your FIRST Attempt and this one: Road Test Tips: Your Ultimate Guide To Passing Your Driving Test on our sister site Find-a-driving-school.ca.
What should I keep in mind when taking my driver’s test in Alabama?
The road test is the last step towards qualifying for a regular driver’s license. Keep in mind that once the examiner checks your vehicle to see whether there are working brakes, horn, mirrors, tail lights, and directional signals, you will have to demonstrate how effectively you can drive. You will be observed on how well you manage your speed, and maneuver along with other cars. We also recommend that you study this guide: Road Test Tips: Your Ultimate Guide To Passing Your Driving Test.
What are the most common errors I should avoid on the Alabama road test?
You definitely want to avoid::
  • Violating a traffic laws such as improper signaling and speeding
  • Making a dangerous action such as cutting in front of another car or closely following a vehicle
  • Causing an accident that you could have prevented, regardless of legal fault.
  • Lack of cooperation
  • Refusal to perform any maneuver instructed by the examiner
What will I have to do when I take the driver’s test in Alabama?
The Alabama public safety office explains clearly what they will be looking for in applicants on the exam. You will have to demonstrate the basics of your vehicle such as the signal lights, tail lights, head lights and windshield wipers. You will make basic driving maneuvers such as backing up, turning left & right and cruising through intersections.
Will I be asked to Parallel Park?
No. Alabama doesn’t require you to Parallel Park. Parking slots in Alabama are diagonal.
Am I allowed to wear contacts/glasses when taking my Alabama road test?
If you normally wear corrective lenses, you must wear them during the exam. This is to ensure the safety of everyone on the road.
Who can ride in the car with me during the Alabama driving test?
Because no one other than you and the examiner will be allowed in the car during the road test, it’s best to only bring your licensed supervising driver age 21 or older along with you.
What if I fail my driver’s test in Alabama several times?
If at first you don’t succeed….. try…. try… and try again! There is no limit to the number of times you can take your road test. It would save you a lot of trouble if you would prepare yourself before trying again.
Why do people fear driving and how do I get over the fear of driving?
Some people develop a fear for driving after they have had an accident. The human brain has realized there is a danger involved and as a result your subconscious blows this phobia out of proportion. Websites such as can help you further explore ways of overcoming the fear. Also taking driver’s courses may help build confidence.
What happens after I pass my Alabama road test?
Bravo! You are now a licensed driver! Once you’ve paid your $23.50 license fee and passed your test, you will be issued your temporary license with your picture on it showing that you have the privilege of driving in Alabama. Your permanent license will arrive in the mail in thirty days.
What are the limitations on my Alabama driver’s license after I get it?
If you are under the age of 18, you will receive a license with restrictions. Restrictions include not being allowed to drive between midnight and 6 am for the first 6 months.
What things should I keep in mind when driving in Alabama for the first time?
Alabama is pleased to welcome newcomers. There are a few things to remember when driving in the state for the first time:
  • Some roads may not have division lines between them, in these cases; treat them as if they are marked by staying on the far right side of the road
  • Be cautious of agricultural equipment such as tractors, and combines
  • Drinking and driving laws are strictly enforced
What type of car insurance should I get in Alabama?
If you are going to drive in Alabama, at the minimum you must carry liability insurance. Your insurance policy must be able to cover a minimum of $20,000 for each person of the other vehicle in the event of an accident you caused.You must also be able to cover $10,000 in property damage.
What documents do I need in order to get my first Alabama auto insurance?
Normally, you would need your driver’s license and information pertaining to your vehicle. You can shoot for discounts by proving you are a student or that you have successfully completed a driver’s education course. A cool website to check out is. They claim to be able to help you better understand the insurance process.
How much can I expect to pay for car insurance in Alabama?
You price tag will be as unique as you are. Car class, age, location and driving record will be considered in determining this.
Where can I find the cheapest car insurance in Alabama? Where do I get it?
According to an independent research company, J.D. Power and Associates, the top insurance companies in Alabama with the highest overall customer satisfaction rating based on price, claims, customer satisfaction, interaction, and policy offers are:
  1. Amica Mutual
  2. State Farm
  3. Geico
  4. Allstate
  5. American Family Group
Why is car insurance more expensive for new drivers in Alabama?
Car insurance companies charge more for new drivers in Alabama because they are a much higher risk. On average, newer drivers tend to cause more accidents than seasoned drivers. Search cheap car insurance sites such as http://www.cheapinsuranceforcar.com/ for additional help in finding affordable car insurance in Alabama.
I have failed the road test in Alabama, when can I retake it?
If you happen to fail your road test, you will have a chance to take it again once you improve. Listen to the reasons the examiner gives for failing you and go work on those. Once you are ready, you may take your test again. You can only take one road test per day.
What happens if I fail my road test in Alabama?
If you fail your road test in Alabama, you won’t be issued your license. When the examiner states why you failed, you are advised to go and improve on those particular areas. You can take the road test again whenever you are ready.
What steps do I take to renew my Alabama driver’s license?
The great thing about license renewal in Alabama is that you have a 60 day grace period after it expires to renew it. During this period, your license is still considered valid. Just go down to your local probate judge or license commissioner office to renew.
Where can I renew my Alabama driver’s license?
The state allows you to renew your license at a Probate Judge or license Commissioner Office.
Do I need to take an eye exam when renewing my Alabama driver’s license?
No, the eye exam is not necessary when renewing your license in Alabama.
Will I have to pass a road test when I move to Alabama from another state, for example.
If you already hold a license in your home state, you only have to take the eye exam which costs $5 and pay your $23.50 license fee. No road test is required. You have 30 days to trade in your out of state license for a new Alabama license.
Is my out-of-state learners permit valid in Alabama?
The state of Alabama will recognize any valid out-of-state learner’s permit subject to restrictions mandated by the state that issued it.
Is there a limit to how long I can drive in Alabama with my out-of-state license?
As long as you remain a resident of your home state, there is no limit to how long you can drive in Alabama with your valid out-of-state license.
How long may I drive in Alabama with my out-of-country license?
In the state of Alabama, it’s acceptable to drive with your valid out-of-country license as long as you remain a non resident of Alabama. If you are not required to hold a license in your home country, you may drive up to 90 days per calendar year.
Where do I find more driving-related information when moving to Alabama?
If you have further questions regarding driving in Alabama, you should contact the Department of Public Safety. They can be reached at (334)242-4400 or you may go online.
When is it legal to drive in the state of Alabama?
Driving in Alabama is a major responsibility and must be done legally and safely. That is why you must be at least 15 with a learner’s permit to drive. A licensed driver age 21 or older must accompany you at all times until you obtain your regular license.
What is the legal limit for drinking and driving in Alabama?
Many people believe the purpose for drinking and driving restrictions is to arrest or punish drivers who put everyone else at risk. However, according to www.iihs.org, the real purpose is to deter people from driving under the influence. For this reason, if you are under 21 years old the BAC limit is .02%. If you are 21 or older the BAC limit is .08%.
What is defensive driving?
Defensive driving is when you are driving for yourself and others. You are looking out for potential dangers ahead of time and avoiding them. According to the Safe Practices for Motor Vehicle Operations, defensive driving is “driving to save lives, time and money, in spite of the conditions around you and the actions of others“. Studies show that 90% of accidents are caused by driver errors.
Although these skills are often taught in a driver’s education course, here are some ways you can begin defensive driving now:
  • Leave plenty of space between you and the car in front
  • Check all of your mirrors often and look at conditions way ahead of you
  • Keep your speed down
  • Position your vehicle so you can see and be seen
  • Don’t depend on other drivers to drive safely
Why don’t some states require parallel parking for the road test?
States that don’t commonly require drivers to parallel park generally do not require driver’s to Parallel Park for the road test. The roads and streets in some places aren’t designed for common parallel parking therefore it isn’t on the road test.
Why do some people choose not to get a driver’s license?
Anyone who chooses not to get a driver’s license has there own personal reasons. Some people choose not get behind the wheel out of fear of the road, some choose not to because they may have a person who drives for them.
Why are people given alternate routes on the Alabama DMV test?
The reason the DMV gives different routes on road test is because if there is only one route people would be familiar with it and not be challenged while driving. Different routes allow for the instructor to see if you as a driver can really handle yourself on the road in different situations. Different routes have different circumstances all of which you are required to know in your day to day driving. Different routes on the road test allow for the examiner to see if you know how to drive well and can do it alone.