How to Get Your Washington Instruction Permit

An instruction permit is a critical part of learning to drive in Washington as you work to complete your teen driver’s education courses. You must acquire this permit before you can start practicing your skills out on the road.

An instruction permit allows you to drive with a licensed driver in the passenger seat, and it is valid for 1 year. 

You can make sure everything goes smoothly when you apply for your permit by following these simple steps:

  1. Go to the Washington State Department of Licensing website: dol.wa.gov
  2. Click “Login to License eXpress” at the top right of the page, and then “Join now!”
  3. Click on “Pre-apply” to get your first permit (must have a WA residence street address)
  4. Fill out the registration form.

Once you have completed and submitted the registration form, you will be issued a DLN number. (This number will start with WDL).

  • If you already have a WA state ID, please log into your student record and update the PIC/Permit field.

We cannot enter your DLN number unless you are 15 years old.

Once we have received your DLN number we will update your records in the Department of Licensing website, send you an email confirming it has been completed, and you will then be able to get your permit. 

We will need this number BEFORE you go into the DOL to get your permit.

If, due to circumstances, you are unable to get your license in a year from the time you acquired your permit, it can be renewed (for a fee) up to 2 more times as long as you have special permission from a driver licensing office supervisor. 

Don’t wait to get your instruction permit. The sooner you take care of this step, the sooner you can get behind the wheel and start practicing out on the road.