Steps to getting your first license: 18 and over
How to get a new Washington (WA) driver license
- Find out if you can pre-apply online.
- You can pre-apply, if:
- You’re a WA resident with a street address, 18 or older, never had a WA driver license, instruction permit, or ID card. Pre-apply online will save you time at a driver licensing office where you finish the application.
- You can’t pre-apply, if:
- You’re not a resident, have other address issues, have or have had a WA driver license, instruction permit, or ID card. Apply at a driver licensing office, or
- To apply for an Enhanced card, visit a EDL/EID office.
- You may be able to pre-apply, if:
- Visit a driver licensing office to finish or start your application. Bring the following with you:
- Proof of identity.
- WA residence street address.
- Social Security number (mandatory to help enforce child support laws).
- You don’t need to show the card. We’ll still be able to verify it.
- If you don’t have a Social Security number, you must verify your WA residence address before you can proceed.
- Pay the fees.
- Pass a knowledge test at a training and testing location then schedule a drive test. Additional fees may apply.
- Pass a vision screening.
- If you plan to practice driving, apply for an instruction permit.
- Decide if you would like to register as an organ, eye and tissue donor. Visit LifeCenter Northwest for more information.
- Pass the drive test at a training and testing location. Additional fees may apply.
- Get your license:
- Online. If you have a WA photo instruction permit and don’t have any driving violations or license suspension/revocations.
- At a driver licensing office.
When will I get my license?
You’ll get your temporary license:
- In an office - before you leave.
- Online - When you print your receipt (temporary license).
We’ll mail your permanent license within 7–10 days. If you don’t receive it within 30 days, please go to a driver licensing office.