Getting a License if you'reUnder 18

Age 15 to 15 ½:

Enroll in a Teen Driving Course

After registering for a Teen Driving Course, ABC Driving School will enter a waiver into the DOL database. Do not go to the DOL until we tell you that your waiver has been entered.

You can get your permit up to 10 days prior to the first day of your Teen Driving Course starting.

Age 15 ½ or older:

You can enroll in a Teen Driving Course or you can pass the DOL Knowledge Exam to obtain a permit.

If you don’t take a Teen Driving Course, you can get a permit, but you’ll need to wait until you are 18 years old or older to get your driver’s license.

Step OnePre-Apply for a WA State Permit Number

This is also known as a PIC # or WA State ID #. This number will begin with WDL. You must create an account for your class completion and test scores to go into. If you already have WA State ID, there is no need to Pre-Apply. 

Pre-Apply online for a Permit Number and save time in the office.

Step TwoObtain an Instruction Permit

And Have it For at Least Six Months.

After you have enrolled in a Teen Driving Course, we will send in a waiver for you to get a permit, without having to take the Written Knowledge Exam.

Do not go to the DOL until you have given us your WDL # (or WA State ID#).

To get your permit, you will need to go to the nearest Driver’s Licensing Office. 

You will need to pass a vision test, decide if you want to be an organ/tissue donor, pay a fee and get your picture taken.

Your parent/guardian will need to go with you to sign the parental authorization form.

You and your parent will need to take identification to the DOL office:

Teen’s ID could be:

  • WA State ID
  • Original Birth Certificate
  • Passport
  • School ID

Parent’s ID could be:

  • WA State or another state valid ID/Driver’s License
  • Passport

Step ThreePass an ABC Driving School Teen Driving Course

Register for a Teen Driving Course with ABC Driving School, which meets the following requirements:

  • 30 hours of classroom instruction, with a maximum of 2 hours a day.
  • 6 hours of Behind The Wheel driving practice, with a maximum of 1 hour a day.
  • 1 hour of Behind The Wheel observation.

Step FourDriving Practice

You’ll need an Instruction Permit before practicing Behind-the-Wheel. Permits are valid for one year, you may renew them at a DOL office after paying a renewal fee.

To obtain a license, you will need:

  • 50 hours of driving practice.
    • 40 hours during daylight
    • 10 hours during nighttime

* Driver must be accompanied by a 5-year licensed driver who is sitting in the front passenger seat. (The license of the driver must be valid, but does not have to be from Washington State).

Step FivePass the Written Knowledge Exam

ABC Driving School Students get a discount on the DOL tests!
If you have not taken the Knowledge Exam prior to the Teen Driving Course, you must pass it before taking the Driving Skills Exam.

Step SixPass The Driving Skills Exam

This is the last test before getting your license. You must show that you can drive in a legal and safe manner.

Step SevenGet Your License

To get your license under the age of 18, all of the following must be completed.

a) Be at least 16 years old at the time of issuing your license.
b) Complete 50 hours of driving practice (including 10 at night)
c) Successfully complete an approved Teen Driving Course
d)Get the Consent of a parent/guardian
e) Pass the medical and vision screening
f) Have an Instruction Permit for at least 6 months
g) Pass the DOL Knowledge Exam
h) Pass the DOL Skills Exam
i) Not have been convicted of any traffic violations within the 6 months of applying for the license.
j) Not have been convicted of any alcohol or drug offense while holding an instruction permit.
k) Decide if you would like to register as an Organ, Eye or Tissue Donor.

There are TWO ways to get your license. You can go online or go to your nearest DOL office.

Get your LicenseBy Going Online


  • Have a WA photo instruction permit.
  • Your parent or guardian must be with you so they can give permission online for you to get your license.
  • Pay for the licensing fee.
  • Print the receipt. It will act as your temporary license. Since it doesn’t include your photo, you can’t use it as your ID.
  • Your permanent license will have the same photo as your instruction permit. Your license will be mailed to the address on file. It should arrive in approximately 10 business days.

Get your LicenseBy Going To The Nearest Driver Licensing Office.

Be prepared to wait in line:

  • Bring a parent with your to the licensing office to sign the parental authorization form. 
  • Show proof of identity.
  • Provide your Social Security number, or sign a declaration if you don’t have one.
  • Pass a vision screening.
  • Have your photo taken.
  • Pay the associated fees.