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Frequently Asked Questions - Applying For Your WA License

If you are under 18, your parent or legal guardian should accompany you to your WA Written Test as they will need to sign your Parental Authorization Statement.
Yes. You do have to complete a vision test in order to get your WA license.
You must take your WA Driver's license photo at your local DOL office when you go in to take your exam. When you take your photo, you should make sure that you wear what you would wear normally. It's extremely important that your face is clearly shown and recognizable. Look straight at the camera and do not smile, as a resting face is easier to identify.
When you apply for a WA Driver's License, you will need to bring proof of your identity, proof of your address and your Social Security Number. If you are under 18, you will need a document signed by our driving instructor certifying that you are enrolled in a Driver's Education course and you will need a Parental Authorization statement.
You are able to apply at any local DOL office. You can find a list of available locations by visiting this website: You may also be able to begin the application process by filling out a pre-application online.
In WA, the minimum age requirement to begin the licensing process is 15 years old if you are enrolled in a traffic safety course. If you are not enrolled in such a course, you will need to wait until you are 15 1/2 years old before you can apply for your Permit, and you must be 16 before you can take the WA Driving Exam.