How to Get A Drivers License in Washington State

Getting your Washington driver’s license is a huge milestone that represents a lot of new independence and responsibility. There is, of course, a specific process that must be followed before you can take your tests, receive your license, and hit the open road.

Important Requirements

There are a few qualifications that must be met when you are getting ready to acquire your Washington license. 

  • You must be at least 16 years old at the time when the license is issued.
  • You must be a Washington resident.
  • You must not have any traffic violations within 6 months of applying for the license or any alcohol or drug offenses while holding an instruction permit.

Steps to Get Your License

If you meet the above requirements, you can start the process of attaining a license. The process isn’t difficult, but every step is important and must be completed.

  1. Get an instruction permit and have it for at least 6 months
  2. Complete an approved new driver training course
  3. Have a total of 50 hours of practice driving (10 hours at night and 40 hours during daylight hours)
  4. Pass the WA state written exam
  5. Pass the WA state road exam

When to Expect Your License

Once you’ve passed the written and driving tests, you can either go online or to the closest driver licensing office location to complete this process. You will need to show proof of identity in either case, and you will need to pay the licensing fee at that time. A temporary license will be provided for you until the permanent license can be mailed to you (usually within 7 to 10 days).

Getting Started

At SWERVE Driving School, we can help you prepare for your tests and take the first steps toward getting your Washington driver’s license. Find your classroom today to sign up and get started.