Washington Learner's Permit
For young drivers, a learners permit is a necessary step before going on to getting a drivers license in Washington. We've collected information about getting a learners permit, including links to helpful resources, to help save you time. Select from the options below to get started.
1: Download and study your practice test
2: Prove that you completed a Traffic Law and Substance Abuse Education Course
3: Via a local DOL office
Before you get your full license in Washington, you’ll need to get a learners permit. This allows you to practice driving a car, but isn't considered a full license. A learners permit requires you to have a licensed driver with you in the passenger seat who is over the age of 21. Click here for more information and to receive a customized checklist and application.
In general, you’ll need the follwing documents for changing an address on a Washington drivers license:
- Social Security number
- Proof of identity
- Proof of residence
This link will help you find out all the documents that are acceptable for getting a learner’s permit in Washington.
If you’re enrolled in a drivers education class, you can get a learners permit when you’re 15 years old. Make sure you:
- Apply for the permit 10 days or less before the class starts and bring a completed waiver from your driving school. The waiver allows you to apply for your permit without taking the knowledge test first.
- If you aren’t enrolled in a drivers education class, you can get an instruction permit at 15½ or older, but first you need to pass the knowledge test.
- Pass a vision screening
- Pass the knowledge test if you don’t have a waiver
- Pay the $25 application fee
You may pre-apply online before you go for your permit here: http://www.dol.wa.gov/driverslicense/preapply.html
This will save you time at the DOL office so you can get your learner’s permit quickly. Just remember that you can’t treat the learner’s permit as a full license it is for training purposes only to prepare you for the full driver's exam.
Find out more about drivers education in Washington here.