Knowledge and drive test

Find out what tests you need to take

If you have Pass these tests
A valid license from:
  • Another U.S. state
    • District of Columbia
    • U.S. Territory or possession
    • U.S. Department of State
  • British Columbia
  • Germany
  • South Korea
  • Taiwan – If you want a WA driver’s license, contact:
    Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Seattle (TECO): 206.441.4586 ext. 311 or email: info@teco-seattle.org.
No tests required if you’re 18 years old or older. See Teens if you’re under 18.
An expired license from another state Knowledge and drive test
No driver license Knowledge and drive test
A Washington learning permit Knowledge and drive test
A valid license, but have a medical or physical condition that shows testing is required Knowledge and drive test

If you’re from another country

  • If you’ve moved to WA from a country or Canadian province not mentioned in the steps above, you must complete all the steps to getting your first license.
  • If you’re visiting WA, you may use your out-of-country driver license for up to 1 year.

You must pre-apply before you can take a test

Because your scores can’t be entered until we’ve created a record for you, you can’t take a knowledge or drive test until you’ve pre-applied:

Preparing for your knowledge and driving tests

Taking the knowledge test

  • You'll need to pay a fee – the cost varies by location. Check with your testing location for the exact amount.
  • To pass you must get 20 out of 25 correct.
    • If you don't pass, there may be a waiting period before you can retest.
  • A passing score is good for 2 years.
  • If you pass, schedule your driving test at a training and testing location.

Taking the driving test

  • You'll need to pay a fee – the cost varies by location. Check with your testing location for the exact amount.
  • Bring the following to your appointment (if you don’t, you won’t be able to test):
    • Proof you have auto liability insurance.
    • A vehicle in good working condition.
  • To pass you must score at least 80 out of 100.
    • Your examiner will discuss your results.
    • If you don’t pass, there may be a waiting period before you can retest.
  • A passing score is good for 1 year.
  • Your passing score will be sent to us. Visit a driver licensing office to get your license.

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