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    Get a Drivers License in Washington

    A) Make Sure You're Eligible for a Driver's License

    Intermediate Driver's License

    You may apply if:

    • You're at least 16 years old and have held an instruction permit for at least 6 months
    • During the last 6 months you were not convicted of any traffic violations
    • You did not commit any offense involving the use of alcohol or drugs while holding your permit

    Basic Driver License

    If you're 18 years old or older and have never carried a driver's license, you may take a road test immediately after passing the written and vision tests. There is no required wait time.

    A) Make a Road Test Appointment With the Washington DOL

    Road tests are by appointment only. Either call your local driver licensing office or visit in person, with the documents listed below, to schedule a test date.

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    B)Gather Required Documents and Washington License Fees

    Before taking the road test, visit your driver licensing office with:

    • A signed certificate, proving completion of a state-approved traffic safety education course
    • A completed Parental Authorization Affidavit (Form DLE-520-003), confirming you completed 50 hours of supervised driving
    • Proof of identity
    • Payment for test and license fees
    • Social Security number

    Bring to the Road Test

    On the day of your exam, arrive at the road test site with:

    • Proof of car insurance
    • A registered vehicle with working brakes, brake lights, turn signals, windshield wipers and seat belts
    • A licensed driver

    C)Take the Road Test

    During the road test you will be graded on:

    • Driving in traffic
    • Obeying traffic signals and signs
    • Stopping
    • Backing up
    • Judging distance
    • Parking
    • Respecting the rights of pedestrians and other drivers

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    Intermediate Driver's License

    You'll receive an intermediate driver's license after passing the road test. You will carry this license until you turn 18 years old. During the first 12 months you must obey the following driving restrictions:

    • No driving between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. unless accompanied by a parent, guardian or licensed driver 25 years old or older
    • No driving during the first 6 months with any non- family passenger under 20 years old
    • After 6 months, no driving with more than 3 passengers under 20 years old who are not family members.

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