This topic contains state-specific information; to view it, please select the state you are interested in below.SUMMARY: Driver HandbooksChoose your state above for your state's driver handbooks and manuals.
Each state has a number of driving handbooks and manuals to help you become a safer driver. Common manuals include those for a standard driver's license, commercial driver's license (CDL), and motorcycle license. Some states may also offer additional resources, including those for teen drivers. Every state also has a Vehicle Code, which includes information about laws related to motor vehicles and traffic laws.
Obtaining a copy of your state's driver manual is easy. Most are available online for your convenience, or you may be able to pick up a hard copy at your local DMV office.
Driver's manuals cover a variety of topics, including:
- Rules of the road in your state.
- Driver's license application procedures.
- Safety tips.
- Reading traffic signs and signals.
- Non-resident issues.
- Handling emergency situations.
- Changing your name or address.
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (DUI, DWI, OWI, etc.).
Both new and experienced drivers alike will benefit from reading the driver's handbook. If you're a new driver, it will help you pass your DMV written and skills exams, and if you're an experienced driver, it can be a helpful reminder of safe driving skills.
Commercial Driver's License Manuals
If you're applying for a commercial driver's license (CDL) in your state, you'll need to take the time to read your state's CDL manual. Topics include:
- How to apply for a CDL in your state.
- Towing trailers (including doubles and triples).
- Combination vehicles.
- How to transport hazardous materials.
- Air brakes.
- Required pre-trip inspections.
- Carrying passengers and cargo safely.
Reading your state's CDL manual will help you pass both the DMV written and road tests required to obtain your CDL.
If you're applying for your motorcycle license, your DMV office also has a manual for you. In some cases the motorcycle manual may be part of the driver's handbook.
The motorcycle manual includes various topics, including:
- Preparing to ride your motorcycle.
- Applying for your motorcycle license.
- Choosing the right gear.
- Changing lanes safely.
- Passing other vehicles and being passed.
- Riding in groups safely.
Each state may have different motorcycle laws, including those related to safety equipment, so it's important you read the handbook prior to taking your motorcycle out for a spin.
If you want to read more about local laws concerning traffic violations, safety requirements, and vehicles, take a look at your state's vehicle code.
You'll find the actual laws regarding:
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- Vehicle titling and registrations.
- Traffic laws, violations, and penalties.
- Driver's licensing.
- Vehicle dealer licensing.
- Vehicle equipment (including safety equipment).
- Accident procedures.
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- New Jersey
- New Mexico
- New York
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- Rhode Island
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