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Free California DMV Senior Refresher Renewal Exam Simulator (CA)

  • Perfect for Senior Refresher Test
  • Based on official California 2024 Driver's manual
  • Updated for July 2024
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About this test

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If you are 70 years old or older and need to renew your California driver's license, you must visit a DMV office in person. You will undergo a knowledge test and a vision exam to ensure your driving skills are up to date. If you do not pass, a temporary driver's license may be issued.

Buckle up — your license renewal is no joyride. Gone are the days when a pandemic waiver let you bypass that anxiety-inducing knowledge test. Now, every five years, you're back to square one: a vision test, a fresh photo, and a 25-question written test. Remember cramming for finals? It's déjà vu. So yes, whether it's the laws around dumping animals on a highway or transferring vehicle ownership, you better know it all. Annoying, but crucial. The written test is a rite of passage, and this page is your cheat sheet to passing it.

After receiving your renewal notice from the DMV, it's essential to prepare for the test questions you'll encounter. Our simulator offers a realistic experience, mirroring the actual DMV senior renewal exam in California. This free practice test is designed to get you familiar with the types of questions you'll face in the 2024 renewal exam. We've tailored these 40 questions based on the most common topics that appear for senior drivers in California.

How it works:

Simply start the quiz below. You can take this test as many times as you'd like and it's available without any signup or commitment. We want you to have all the tools you need to walk into that DMV and ace the test. We understand that renewing your driver's license can be stressful, especially when rules have changed over the years. That's why we're offering this practice test free of charge.

What to expect:

Each question has been carefully designed to mimic the real DMV exam. This test covers the essentials like road signs, traffic rules, and specific regulations affecting senior drivers. You're allowed to make up to 5 mistakes to pass this practice exam. We've upped the ante from the standard 25 questions to 40 to give you a more robust preparation experience. Each time you take the test, the question set is randomized to ensure you're well-rounded in your knowledge. We hope this free practice test helps you go into your DMV Senior Refresher Exam with ease. As you gear up to visit the DMV office for your renewal process, remember that our simulator is designed to make your experience smooth and successful.

How many questions are on the actual CA DMV senior renewal exam?

The official senior renewal exam at the California DMV comprises 25 questions. You must answer at least 21 questions correctly to pass.

What's the passing score for the senior renewal test in California?

To pass the official senior renewal test at the California DMV, you must answer at least 21 out of 25 questions correctly, which translates to a passing score of 83%.

What should I study for the senior written test?

Everything. From questions on transferring vehicle ownership to what to do on a flashing red light. However, while the 92-page California Driver's Handbook is your official guide, let's be real — it's a snooze fest. For a more engaging and focused prep, our practice test is tailored to cover the topics most relevant to senior drivers. It's a quicker, smarter way to get you ready to pass with flying colors.

Is a behind-the-wheel test required for seniors renewing their license in California?

Generally, no. If you're 70 or older, the DMV focuses on the written knowledge test for renewals. However, you might be flagged for a behind-the-wheel exam in specific cases, such as certain mental or physical conditions or if the DMV has reason to suspect you're an unsafe driver.

How often do I need to take the senior renewal test in California?

In California, drivers age 70 and older are required to renew their driver’s license in person and may be asked to take a written test. The renewal cycle is every 5 years. Note that the frequency of the written test may vary based on individual driving records or if there are indications of potential driving impairment.

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