As long as you do not become a WA resident, you are allowed to drive with a valid out-of-state license for as long as you like.
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Washington Driver's License
You may renew your license by mail, person or online if you are older than 24.
If your license is still valid, you do not have to take the WA Driving Exam. After you have moved to Washington, you will have 30 days to replace your out-of-state license with a WA Driver's License.
Yes. Washington will recognize your out-of-state permit as long as it is still valid. While driving you should follow the laws of Washington state and you should be accompanied by a licensed driver who is 21 years old or older whenever you are behind the wheel.
The price varies depending on your age, your driving history, your car class and other factors. Typically, WA residents pay $1,500 annually.
New drivers and inexperienced drivers (especially teens) have a higher risk of being in an accident, insurance companies often charge more to cover them.
Yes. If you are under 18, you are not allowed to drive between 1 AM and 5 AM unless a supervising licensed driver who is 25 years old or older accompanies you. During the first six months, you will not be able to drive with non-family passengers who are under 20. After this initial period, you cannot drive with more than three non-family members who are under 20 years old. Additionally, you will not be allowed to use a cellphone or other wireless device while you are driving.
Yes. You must carry car insurance. The state of Washington requires that drivers carry liability insurance of $25,000 minimum and $10,000 for property damage per accident.
The documents that you will need vary depending on the insurance company to which you apply. Generally, insurance companies want you to submit proof of your identity, your driving record and information about the vehicle you would like to insure.
Your examiner wants to see that you are capable of driving safely and effectively. During your WA Driving Exam, you want to make sure that you are not driving too quickly or too slowly; you want to accelerate smoothly and gradually. Obey all stop signs and traffic signals, do not tailgate other vehicles and stay in the correct lane. You should also know what various street signs and traffic signals indicate to drivers on the road.