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Get a Learner Permit in Washington

You can apply for a Washington instruction permit at 15 years old, provided you're enrolled in a driver education class. Otherwise, you must wait until you're 15 1/2 years old or older. All teens under 18 years old must carry an instruction permit for a minimum of 6 months. New drivers 18 years old or older are exempt from permit requirements.

A) Ace a Few DMV Practice Permit Tests

Prepare for the written test by taking several practice exams. All questions are similar to those found on the actual written test, based on information contained in the Washington Driver Guide―your main study source.

The guide is available online and at all driver licensing offices.


B) Gather Required Documents and Washington Permit Fees

Before arriving at your local driver licensing office to take the written test, be sure to have:

  • Proof of identity
  • A completed Parental Authorization Affidavit, if under 18 years old
  • Social Security number
  • If enrolled in a driver education class, a signed application from your course instructor
  • Payment for all applicable permit fees

C)Take the Written Permit Test

Written tests are given on a walk-in basis only at all driver licensing offices. While at the driver licensing office you'll also be given a vision test. Pass both exams and you'll leave with an instruction permit, valid for 1 year.

NOTE: The written test requirement will be waived if you present your Instruction Permit Application signed by your driver-training instructor.

Retake Written Test

You can retake the test 4 hours after the first attempt. Fail again and you must wait 1 day.

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