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How to get your license: Driver training instructor

We have a new online service for managing school, instructor and staff licenses and certificates. For help using the new service, please contact DOLElicensingsupport@dol.wa.gov or 360.664.0200 option 7.

We expect a processing delay for mailed applications and renewals. Renew or apply online for faster processing of your license. Thank you for your patience and we apologize for any inconvenience.

Who needs a license?

Anyone who provides driver training instruction for a fee.

Before you apply

  1. Take your instructor training with:
    • A licensed Driver Training School, or
    • An approved secondary school (currently either Central Washington University or Western Oregon University)
  2. Review the following to prepare for the Knowledge and Skills exams:

How to apply

  1. Complete Driver Training School Instructor License Application.
  2. Go to www.identogo.com to schedule an appointment through MorphoTrust, our electronic fingerprinting vendor. You will pay IdentoGO for taking your fingerprints and for the background checks required for your license type. For more details, see Fingerprinting and background checks.
  3. Attach the following to your application:
    • A complete driver's abstract for all states outside of Washington where you have had a driver license.
    • Proof of instructor training:
      • 100 hours training log from licensed training school, or
      • Certificate of Course Completion from approved secondary school.
      • Receipt for submission of fingerprints to IdentoGo.
    • A copy of your high school diploma, GED, or college transcript.
    • Your application fee (non-refundable): check or money order payable to Department of Licensing.
  4. Mail documents and fees to:
    Driver Training Schools
    Department of Licensing
    PO Box 35001
    Seattle, WA 98124-3401
    Incomplete applications will not be processed
    Background check results are retained for 90 days.

After we’ve received your application

We’ll wait for the results from the Washington State Patrol for state and national background checks. This can take up to 6 weeks. For questions, call 360.902.3703.

Allow at least 3 weeks for us to review your application. When your application is approved, we’ll send you an email authorizing you to take your instructor's exams.

Continue to study the exam preparation materials listed above while waiting for your testing authorization.

Take the knowledge and skills exams

  • You must pass the Instructor's Knowledge exam before you can take the Skills exam.
    • After you pass the Instructor's Knowledge exam, you can schedule your Skills exam.
    • After you've passed the Instructor's Skills exam, the licensing office will email us results from both exams.
  • Once we receive and review the exam results, you will be licensed within 24–48 business hours.
  • If you don’t pass the Instructor's Knowledge or Skills exam, you must schedule a new exam, and send a $25 fee, with a copy of your testing letter or email showing the results, to:
    Driver Training Schools
    Department of Licensing
    PO Box 35001
    Seattle, WA 98124-3401

Post your license

Once you've received your license, you must post it at your place of business before instructing any students.

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