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12629 Renton Ave South
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Seattle, WA 98178-3739
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Here are some questions that we receive frequently. If your question is not addressed in this page, please feel free to contact us.

Q. What are the requirements for a teenager under 18 to get a driver's license in Washington State?

  1. A traffic safety education or T.S.E. certificate issued by an authorized school such as First Pass Driving School. All T.S.E. programs consist of a minimum of 30 hours of classroom instruction, six hours behind-the-wheel instruction and one hour of in-car observation time.
  2. A learner's permit for at least 6 months
  3. 50 hours of driving experience (10 hours must be at night)
  4. Pass the 40 question knowledge test at Department of Licensing with a score of at least 80%
  5. Pass the road test at Department of Licensing with a score of at least 80%
  6. Pay the Washington State Department of Licensing license fee

Q. How does my teenager get a learner’s permit?
During the first class, students are issued a "Permit Waiver" which allows them to go to any Department of Licensing office with a parent or legal guardian and get the permit without taking the knowledge test. However, the knowledge test must be taken before being issued a driver's license. Your son or daughter will be given detailed instructions on what documents to take to the Department of Licensing.

Q. What homework is assigned?
We assign no homework--all the work is done in class. However, we require that students practice driving. Your teenager needs experience behind the wheel more than anything else.

Q. What should the students bring to class?
Students need a notebook and pen or pencil to take notes and complete assignments.

Q. Does your insurance cover my teenager during the driving lessons?
Yes, when students are driving our vehicles they are covered by our insurance.

Q. Are your vehicles dual controlled?
Yes, all driving schools in Washington are legally required to have a brake on the instructor's side.

Q. How do you teach students who are extremely nervous about driving?
We are experienced helping nervous students learn to drive. Our instruction is completely nonjudgmental and very patient. We assure that the instructor will not become angry when mistakes are made.

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