If you want to drive a car on the roads of Washington, you need to obtain a Washington Driver License. Before applying for the license, however, you should have passed driving lessons and taken a road test. Let’s have a look at some of the frequently asked questions.
First of all, you need a learner’s permit to start the process. It allows you to practice driving until you obtain a license.
In order to get the learner’s permit you must meet the following requirements:
Note: Applicants under 18 should submit a Parental Authorization Affidavit.
If you successfully pass all the above-mentioned processes, your photo would be taken for a learner’s permit.
After holding your learner’s permit for six months and if you’re under 18, you are allowed to apply for an intermediate driver’s license.
Note: Intermediate drivers are not allowed to have more than 3 passengers aged under 20 (unless they are immediate family members).
If you are over 18 and have had your learner’s permit for at least 6 months you can apply for a driver license.
If you have successfully completed all these steps, you will be granted a temporary license for 45 days.
You’ll get your official driver’s license in 7-10 days.
You must score a minimum of 32 out of 40 to pass your knowledge test and 80 out of 100 to pass your driving test.
Note: Knowledge test results are valid for 2 years. Driving test results are valid for a year.
The minimum age of applying for driver training is 15. Students must have an instruction permit to practice driving.
Driver training programs must include:
Washington State does not approve online training and parent-taught education. Teen drivers must be supervised by their parents for a minimum of 50 hours of out-of-class driving practice, from which 10 hours must be practiced at nighttime.
First, you need to pay $35.00 to apply for a driver license. Then, to actually get a license you need to pay $45.00. This fee allows you to pass your knowledge and driving tests only once.
You need to pay an extra $35.00 each time you want to retake your tests.
For now, the Washington State Department of Licensing (DOL) has the following types of driver licenses:
The most common type of driver’s license allows people to drive a passenger car on their own, without any supervision. It is the most “standard” driver license:
Class M allows you to ride a motorbike or any other motor vehicle with a seat or saddle and no more than 3 wheels:
You may drive a combination vehicle with GCWR of 26,001 or more pounds. In short, you can drive tractor-trailers, truck and trailer combinations, tank vehicles, livestock carriers, and flatbeds.
With a class B license you are allowed to drive straight trucks, box trucks, large school buses, city buses, or tourist buses, and dump trucks with small trailers.
You may carry 16 and more passengers including the driver. A special endorsement is required for carrying passengers, double-trailers, triple-trailers as well as to be allowed to haul hazardous material.
Class C driver license allows you to drive any vehicle that is categorized under Class C, travel trailers weighing over 10,000 lbs. GVWR, and 5th-wheel travel trailers weighing over 15,000 lbs.
You may drive any vehicle under Class C, and any house car with endorsement.
To get a CDL you need to:
Additional endorsements may be necessary depending on the type of vehicle you want to drive or the goods you want to transport.
Endorsements are required for the transportation of people and the carriage of hazardous items.
Yes, you are allowed to transfer your driver license to Washington. You just need to bring your out-of-state license, proof of identity, show your social security number and documents proving you are a WA resident. The $35 application fee ($64 for Class D drivers) is a must.
If you have all the required documents, follow the steps below:
Depending on the fee you have paid for your driver license, you need to renew your driving license every 1 or 5 years. If your license needs renewal, DoT will notify you in advance. You can renew it online, by email or in person.
In case you have your license expired, you should visit DoT and apply for your license renewal.
To renew your driver’s license after the 6 months of the expiry date you must visit the local DoT office, provide your proof of identity, fill in the Driver’s License Application form, pass a vision test and pay the required fees.
Note: If your license has expired more than 5 years you must reapply for a new license.
No, the learner’s permit cannot be renewed.