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Practice Driving in Washington

The purpose of your instruction permit is get you comfortable behind the wheel in preparation for Washington's road test. If you're under 18 years old you must hold your permit for a minimum of 6 months while adhering to specific driving restrictions as determined by the Department of Licensing (DOL).

A) Know Your Instruction Permit Restrictions

  • You must be accompanied in the front seat by a licensed driver with a minimum of 5 years driving experience
  • You must carry your instruction permit with you whenever behind the wheel

B) Get on the Road

While holding your instruction permit you must log a minimum of 50 hours of supervised driving, including 10 hours of nighttime driving. Be sure, when logging these hours, that you're accompanied by a licensed driver with at least 5 years of driving experience.

C) Get Proof of Practice Hours

Use the DOL's Student Driving Log to record your driving hours. Your licensed supervisor must initial the log after each practice session. You will need this log when applying for a driver license.

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