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Washington DOL Learner's Permit FAQ

  • When can I apply for a permit in Washington?

    You can apply at 15 years of age.

  • What are the requirements to get a learners permit?

    To apply at 15 years old, you must be enrolled in a driver education program. At age 15½ you don’t have to be in a driver education program but you do have to complete a written knowledge test and a vision screening to receive your Learner’s Permit.

  • How many questions are on the permit test?

    The test has 25 questions.

  • How many questions must I answer correctly to pass?

    You must answer at least 20 questions correctly to pass.

  • What steps should I take to prepare for the test?

    One of the best ways to ensure you receive your learner’s permit as fast as possible is to study for the test. And one of the best ways to study for the test is to take online practice exams that include real sample questions from the exam. Ready to test your driving knowledge? You can take a Washington practice permit test right now.

  • What percentage of people fail the permit test?

    Recent statistics indicate that 50% of first-time test takers fail to pass the exam. Many states require you to wait at least a day to retake the exam and you may charge a re-examination fee. To improve your odds of passing on the first attempt take multiple practice exams that have been designed to mirror the actual test.

  • How much does the permit test cost?

    There is a $20 fee.

  • Where do I take the permit test?

    The Washington State Department of Licensing (DOL) is responsible for licensing drivers in the state. Visit http://www.dol.wa.gov/ to find the office nearest you.

  • What documents should I bring on test day?

    If 15, you will need to show proof of enrollment in a driver education course and you will need a signed Parental Authorization Affadavit. If age 15 ½ or older, you will need to pass a written knowledge test before receiving your Learner’s Permit.

The Washington DOL Learner’s Permit — What You Need to Know

If you sincerely want to get your learner’s permit, then continue reading.

Before you can take advantage of the benefits that come with a Washington learners permit, you will need to pass the mandatory permit test administered by the Washington State Department of Licensing (DOL). The permit test is a written test featuring questions in multiple-choice format that are designed to determine if you have the knowledge to be a safe driver.  You will be tested on your knowledge of the rules of the road, Washington state traffic laws, and various road signs.

Improve Your Score With WA DOL Practice Permit Tests

Did you know that statistics reveal that the majority of people fail the permit test?  Failing the exam means having to head back to the DOL office again and retake the exam.  With today’s busy schedules, who has time for that?

It’s not all doom and gloom though.  With the right study tools, you’ll be able to develop the confidence and knowledge needed to pass the test.

Here you’ll find a list of resources below to help you get started.  We’ve put together everything you need. We even provide you with our sample interactive Washington practice tests, designed to give a better idea of what the real exam will look like.   You’ll also have quick access to the official Washington Driver’s Handbook for reference.   Need a motorcycle permit?  Our study material can help you with that test too.

You’ll find everything in one convenient place.

Why wait another day? Start preparing for the Washington permit test today!