Teenage Drivers Information Updated November 2013
Washington State Department of Licensing has a great page on obtaining a drivers license
Some basic information:
I. An instruction permit allows a youth to practice driving before taking the driving test to obtain their license.
If enrolled in a driver’s education class a student can get their permit at age 15. If not enrolled they must wait until 15 1/2 and pass the written test given by the department of licensing.
For more information http://www.dol.wa.gov/driverslicense/getpermit.html
II. Steps to get an intermediate drivers license if under 18 years old.
Q. What is an intermediate license?
In 2000 the state legislature enacted new laws to restrict the driving of youth under the age of 18 years old and implemented the “intermediate drivers license” program. To get an intermediate license you must:
III. What are traffic safety education courses required to provide?
Programs must include the following:
Drivers training programs are taught by commercial driving schools and at some public schools for a fee, fees range from $300-$600.
Q. Can a parent buy a commercial curriculum and teach their child drivers education?
Yes, but under current law this will not count towards the requirement to pass a traffic safety education course.
CHN introduced a bill in the 2007, 2008 and 2010 legislative session to change this law to allow for parent taught drivers education. Unfortunately it has not passed but we will keep trying. Here is a great article explaining this option.
The web site for National Driver Training has more information on parent taught drivers education http://www.usdrivertraining.com/