FAQ

Can I practice driving without a Driving Permit?

No, you are not allowed to do any driving practices on public roads without your instruction permit. You must carry it whenever you drive on a public road.

Note:  International permits or foreign driver's licenses are NOT valid for you to drive for more than 30 days if you are residing in WA. They are good for 1 year if you are a visitor. Since we do not verify, we do not allow any adult student driver to practice with a foreign driver's license.

I am an adult. How can I get my Instruction permit?

You may come to our driving school to take your official DOL written knowledge Exam and pass your test with an 80%  or higher.  You must get at least 32 questions right out of 40 questions. After passing the knowledge test, you may be able to get your driving permit online or in person at driver's license offices. 

I am an adult. How much do driving lessons cost?

We offer different packages and services for adult student drivers and they each are priced differently. Please go to the "Services" page and see what we offer.

How can I signup for my adult driving lessons?

1. Go to our "Services" and "adult driver training" Page. Click the link below

https://seattledrivingacademy.net/Services/Adult-Driver-Training

2. choose the package that works best for you depending on your level of experience. 

3. If you choose the driving lessons that include pickup and drop-offs, then make sure you are in the school-approved pickup and drop-off zone. Downtown, Lower queen Ann, Belltown, pioneer square, Capital hill,  Sodo south Seattle , Beacon Hill, south lake union, First Hill, Madison park, mount baker neighborhood, Colombia city Seattle, Madrona  some other neighborhoods. If your locations is not in the list, please call before you purchase.

4. Check our schedule first before you purchase any driving lessons package. You may start the lesson the next day or you may need to plan for one or two weeks before you even start driving. If our schedule works for you, then buy the package first and then book them online. Pickup and drop-off lessons are   1 1/2  hour long lesson. However, drive times will be 80 minutes.  Once you book your lesson, the instructor will be at your location to pick you up or start from your location depending on your level of experience and then drop you off after the lesson ends.

I am a teen. Under 18 years old. How can I get my permit?

  • Register for the Teen Drivers education and then we will send E-waiver to the department of licensing for you to apply for the Instruction permit. You need to email us your WDL# in order for us to send the waiver. If you do not have a WDL#, then please pre-apply for it. 
  • Here is the link to Pre-apply. https://secure.dol.wa.gov/home/serviceType.aspx
  •   Once you complete the course though, you will take The official  DOL written exam and after 6 months of practice you will also take  the driving skill test to get your driving license

Do I need to take a written test to get a permit if I am enrolled in Teen Drivers Ed?

  • No, you do not need to take the written knowledge test to get your driving permit as long as you are enrolled in the Teen Drivers Ed Course.

I have a permit, but it has been over a year and it's expired.  Can I renew it?

  • Your Driving permit card expires in one year. The written test is good for two years, so you may go to the DOL, and renew your permit without retaking the written test. or you may renew it online.

How do I get ready for the Knowledge written test?

  • Read the WA drivers guide, you may get it either from the DMV or you may pick one from our school. The king county public library may have them too.                                                                                               
  • Download The WA State Driver Guide
  • WA STATE DRIVER GUIDE

How old do I have to be to take the permit test if I am not enrolled in Teen driver Ed.?

  • You must be 15 ½ or older to take the written test if you have not enrolled in Teen driver Ed.

How long does it take to take the test?

  • Some people finish it in 12 minutes. Some take 40 minutes. However, we allow 40 minutes. It has 40 questions; you must get 32 correct answers to pass the test.

How is the written test given?

  • It’s a written paper test. Currently, the test is not computer-based. Only on the paper test.

How many times can I take the written test?

  • No limitation. We offer $40 for two attempts with In 30 days

Can I take my driving test the same day if I pass my written test?

  • We may conduct your driving skill test on the same day depending on your level of skill and our availability.

If I need a warmup driving practice before my driving test, can I do that the same day with an Instructor/examiner?

  • Yes, It costs you $135.00 for 30 minutes of warm-up driving practice before you take your test. Then you may take your driving test after you get feedback from the driving instructor/examiner.

I do not know how to drive, but I already have my permit, can I get training with an instructor at your school?

  • Yes! If you are between 15- 18 years old, enroll in our Teen Drivers Ed, then we can send E-waiver to DOL so that they can issue you a permit.
  • If you don’t want to enroll in Teen drivers Ed, you may pass the written test if you are 15 ½ or older.

Where do I get my instruction permit?

  • We do not issue a driver's instruction permit at our school. Only the Department of Licensing issues instruction permits or driver’s licenses. So, you need to go to DMV to be issued your permit or your driver's license. For more info check dol.wa.gov
  • If you are under 18, then when you go to the DMV office to get your instruction permit; you must take one of your Parents/ Legal Guardians, an Original birth certificate or passport, social security card, and Corrective lenses, if needed for the vision test.

When can I take the Department of Licensing Written knowledge Test and driving Skills Test after I complete the course?

  • You can take the written knowledge test as soon as you complete the course. We recommend students to take their written test right away. since it’s easy to forget some of the things they learned during the classroom sessions.
  • For the driving skill Test; You need to wait for at least 5  months after you complete your course.
  • Yes, we offer one on one driving lessons to help you gain confidence on the road.  Yes, safety is our top priority.  Sign up... Bring your permit during your practice.

How old do you have to be to get a driving license without taking Teen Drivers Ed?

  • You must be at least 18 years old. And pass both the written and the driving skill test.
  • After taking a Teen Driver Education course, you need to get 50 hours of driving practice with your family or with anyone who has 5 years of driving experience for 6 months from the date you get your driving instruction permit. You must pass the written test and driving skill test. Then you may go to the department of licensing to get your license.

I gave up my license because of a DWI and but it's time now to get my license. What do I need to do?

  • You need to pass your written test, and then you are eligible to take the driving skill test. However, you will need to bring your own car for the driving test. You will need an Ignition Interlock device installed in your car and SR 22. insurance

After I pass the written or driving skill test, when will my test result be submitted to the department of licensing?

    • We submit your test result within 24 hours; you may go to the local driver's license office preferably the next day after you pass a written or driving skill test. Please talk to the front desk in case you need your test result right away. (if we are not too busy, we may report to DOL as soon as we can).

Cancelation of a driving practice

Every attempt must be made to meet your BTW drive lesson appointment. Missed appointments are considered NO-SHOW and a fee of $50.00 will be assessed to your account.  If you cannot make it for any reason, you must notify the school ahead of 48 hours to reschedule your appointment. All NO-SHOWS Fees must be paid in cash and must be paid before you schedule another BTW drive lesson.

How Do I record my 50 hours of driving times with my parents? 

Please print the form below and start logging your hours. or download the Roadready app on your phone. It's Free.  It has a lot of helpful info on how to train your Teen. Good luck!

Please CTRL+Click to open the Link

OR Please copy-paste it onto your browser to open the PDF.

The parents supervised Program

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