The Driver Examination

The purpose of the driver examination is to determine whether you have sufficient knowledge and driving skills necessary to drive safely on Delaware highways. The examination consists of two parts.

Vision Screening

Your vision will be screened to determine whether you can see well enough to drive safely. If the screening shows that you need glasses or contact lenses, your license certificate will be marked to indicate that you cannot drive legally without them. Minimum acceptable vision for a Delaware driver's license is 20/40, with or without glasses or contact lenses. Permission for daylight only driving may be granted if your vision is between 20/40 and 20/50. CDL physical and vision requirements are contained in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (49 CFR Part 391.4).

For additional information on Drive Defensively and Night Driving.

Highway Sign and Signal Test

You will be asked to identify certain highway signs only by their shape, color, or the symbols appearing on them. You will also have to explain the meaning of these and other highway signs, traffic signals and pavement markings. The meanings are explained in the Rules of the Road section of this manual.

For example, you may be asked to identify these types of shapes without their labels or association of color:

Stop Sign
Yield Sign
School Sign
Or you may be asked to identify symbols such as these:
Keep Right Sign
No U Turn Sign
No Right Turn Sign