Parents may enroll their children in any Traffic Safety Education (TSE) program as soon as their child turns 15.
Students must have an instruction permit to participate in the behind-the-wheel phase of a TSE course. To get an instruction permit, students must meet the following requirements:
|Student’s age||Requirements for an instruction permit|
|18 and older||Pass the driver’s knowledge test.|
Driver training programs must include all of the following:
Parents of teen drivers must supervise a total of 50 hours of out-of-class practice time, including 10 hours of nighttime driving.
If you have questions or concerns about a particular driving school, please contact our Driver Training School Program at firstname.lastname@example.org.
High school TSE programs are managed locally through the school districts, and the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) oversees and certifies the instructors and curriculum for these programs. To get more information, check with your local high school.
If you have a complaint against a driver training school or instructor, please submit a Driver Training Schools Program Complaint.
Be sure to include a detailed explanation of your complaint and copies of any related documents. When we receive your complaint, we’ll review the information and determine whether we should take action against the driving school or instructor. We’ll notify you of the outcome of your complaint.
This program oversees driver training schools and instructors who provide Traffic Safety Education in Washington to ensure they deliver the necessary classroom and behind-the-wheel experiences for proper student training. The program:
Driver Training School Program
PO Box 435
Olympia, WA 98507-0435