How to Get Your Washington State Learners Permit

New drivers must have an instruction permit before they can practice driving behind the wheel. This permit allows you to drive in Washington as long as there is a licensed driver (with at least 5 years of licensed driving experience) in the vehicle with you.

Your Washington Driver’s permit is an important step toward getting your license, so it’s important to make sure you have everything in order.

Follow These Simple Steps:

In order to make things go smoothly for you to get your permit you will want to follow the steps below.

  1. Sign into
  2. Click on “Login to License eXpress” –> “Join now!”
  3. Choose “License eXpress for individuals”
  4. Fill out the forms to set up your account – you will be sent a confirmation email
  5. Once the registration form is filled out and submitted it will issue you a DLN number (This number is 12 digits long and starts with WDL).  If you already have a Washington State ID Card you will not need pre-apply.  Please send us the number on your ID Card.
  6. Once you have this number, please email us at
  7. Please email your DLN number to

This permit will be valid for one year, and it can be renewed if necessary. 

Once we have received your DLN number, we will update your records in the Department of Licensing website, send you an email confirming it has been completed as well as the next steps to take to get your permit. We will need this number BEFORE you go into the DOL to get your permit.