#1. A sign with this shape means:
The yield sign is a downward pointing triangle. It is red and white with red letters.
#2. You should cross a solid white line between lanes only:
A solid white line between lanes of traffic means you should stay in your lane unless a special situation requires you to change lanes. You should not cross the line except to avoid a hazard or unless you are turning within the next block.
#3. You must have the following equipment in proper working order for your car to be considered safe:
Windshield wiper is required equipment. A bell, siren, or exhaust whistle is not allowed. A red light showing from the front is not allowed. Running board courtesy lights are optional equipment.
#4. This yellow sign means:
Divided highway ahead (divided highway begins). Two-way traffic will be divided by a center strip ahead. Each roadway is one-way. Stay to the right.
#5. When there is an oncoming car to your left and a child on a bicycle to your right on a two-way road, you should:
Pass only when safe. Instead of driving between the car and the child, take one danger at a time. First, slow down and let the car pass. Then, move to the left to allow plenty of room (at least three feet) before you pass.
#6. When you park parallel to a curb on a city street, you should:
Check traffic before you open the door. Get out of the vehicle on the curbside if you can. If you have to use the street side, check traffic before you get out. Shut the door as soon as you can after getting out.
#7. Lanes marked on both sides by double-dashed yellow lines are known as:
Reversible lanes are designed to carry traffic in one direction at certain times and in the opposite direction at other times. These lanes are usually marked by double-dashed yellow lines.
#8. You are driving on a road with few streetlights on a clear night. If you cannot see well with your low-beam headlights, which of these actions would help?
Use your high beams whenever there are no oncoming vehicles. High beams let you see twice as far as low beams. It is important to use high beams on unfamiliar roads, in construction areas, or where there may be people along the side of the road.
#9. In 2005, Washington passed Maria's Law. This law makes it a crime to:
Washington passed Maria’s Law in 2005, which made failing to properly secure a load a crime in Washington State. A person who causes an injury or death by failing to secure a load properly can be charged with a gross misdemeanor and can face a maximum penalty of one year in jail and a $5,000 fine. A driver whose unsecured items cause property damage can be charged with a misdemeanor.
#10. What should you expect ahead when you see this sign?
Stop ahead. When you come to this sign, you should slow down to be ready to stop at the stop sign ahead.
#11. If your gas pedal sticks, it is extremely dangerous to:
When your gas pedal sticks, and the motor keeps going faster and faster:
- Keep your eyes on the road.
- Quickly shift to neutral.
- Slow down, then pull off the road when safe to do so.
- Turn off the engine.
Never turn your vehicle’s ignition to the lock position while it is still in motion. This will cause the steering to lock if you try to turn the steering wheel, and you will lose control of your vehicle.
#12. A driver with an unrestricted driver license can use a wireless-communications device for phone calls while driving:
A hands-free device is acceptable, and is defined as a wireless communications device with a speakerphone, headset, or earpiece. This alternative is not available to those who hold an Instruction Permit or Intermediate License.
#13. When a child is about to run into the street in front of you, you should:
If there is danger, do not be afraid to sound a sharp blast on your horn. Do this:
- When a child or older person is about to walk, run, or ride into the street.
- When another vehicle is in danger of hitting you.
- When you have lost control of your vehicle and are moving toward someone.
#14. When two vehicles from different directions arrive at the same time at a four-way stop:
At a four-way stop the driver reaching the intersection first, goes first (after coming to a complete stop). If more than one vehicle arrives at the same time, the vehicle on the right goes first.
#15. Which of the following must you obey over the other two?
Directions given by traffic officers take precedence over signs, signals, or pavement markings.
#16. If you rear-ended the car in front of you, you were probably:
Rear-end collisions are very common. If you follow too closely and the vehicle in front of you slows or stops suddenly, you may not have enough time to avoid a collision.
#17. Which is true about parking 20 feet from a railroad crossing?
Do not park within 50 feet of the nearest rail of a railroad crossing.
#18. You should stop before railroad tracks and not cross them if:
Never start to cross until the traffic clears ahead. Wait until there is room on the far side so you will not have to stop on the tracks.
#19. What do the light gray areas in the picture mark?
When turning or changing lanes, look over your shoulder in the direction you plan to move. Be sure no one is near the rear corners of your vehicle. These areas are called blind spots because you cannot see them through your mirrors. You must turn your head and look to see vehicles in your blind spot.
#20. What is the best advice to a driver who has been drinking several alcoholic drinks?
There are ways of dealing with social drinking situations. Arrange to go with two or more persons and agree that one of you will not drink alcohol. You can take turns being a designated driver, use public transportation, or use a cab.
The Washington State Permit Test
Key numbers for your official Washington Department of Licensing (DOL) knowledge examination:
|Correct answers needed:||32|
|Earliest retest if you fail:||Same day (driving schools)|
Washington State Written Test
The written knowledge test in Washington is a multiple-choice test with 40 questions, and you must correctly answer 32 of them to pass the test.
It covers road signs, signals, traffic laws, and safe-driving practices described in the Washington Driver Guide.
You should expect the test to take 15-20 minutes but there is no time limit other than the office closing time. Take enough time to carefully read all questions and answers.
Where Can I Take the Test?
If you are under 18 years, you must enroll in and complete a driver training course to be eligible for a license. Approved driver training schools are authorized to offer the knowledge test at their locations.
You also have the option to take the test at DOL service center, if you are 18 years or older or not enrolled in a driver education class. You must pre-apply (online or at a service center) before you can take a test at the DOL.
Washington DOL does not offer the knowledge test online.
Can I Take the Test in Another Language?
The computerized test is available in a few additional languages, besides English:
Is the Written Test in Washington Hard?
The written knowledge test in Washington is known to be difficult. Almost one out of two test takers fail the exam.
Will Practice Tests Help Me Pass the Exam?
All research and every survey confirm that practice tests help.
To get the most out them, you should, however, use them wisely. A common mistake is to rely solely on practice tests and try to memorize questions and correct answers.
To pass the examination you must also study the Driver Guide. Everything you must learn for the test is described in this guide. You will get a hard copy as part of your driver education class. Otherwise, you can get a copy from any DOL center or download a PDF-version online .
But the rules and best practices in this guide are not only good for your exam, but they will also help you become a better driver. Don’t forget that learning to drive and understanding the rules of the road will help to make traffic and Washington highways safer.
The practice tests work best in combination with the Driver Guide. During each study session you should try to use both.
How Many Times Can I Take the Practice Test?
This practice test pulls random questions from a large database. It makes every set of questions and answers unique.
You can take the practice test as often as you like until you feel comfortable with all facts and ready to take the real examination.
There is no limit and no costs involved.
Why are there Less Questions on the Practice Test?
We have cut the practice tests in half. Each practice test has 20 questions instead of 40.
But don’t worry, all important facts from the driver guide are covered in these questions. By taking a handful of shorter tests, you will still be able to check your readiness for the real exam.
What Happens if I Fail the Test?
If you take your test through an approved school, you can usually take the test a second time the same day. For a third attempt there is a waiting time and a new fee.
When you take your test at a DOL service center, examiners have full discretion in deciding on a waiting time.
FAQ – Learner’s Permit & Driver License
At what age can I apply for a learner’s permit?
With a WDL number, you can enroll in a driver education course if you are at least 15 years.
To get your first instruction permit, you must be at least 15½ years.
What is a WDL number?
All Washington permits, ID cards, and driver licenses have a number that starts with “WDL”. Each number is unique.
You must have a WDL number if you start a driver training course or make an appointment to visit a DOL service office. If you have an ID card, you already have the WDL number, otherwise DOL will assign one to you when you apply for a permit or license (you can do this online).
What is a driver training program?
A driver training program is a course of instruction in traffic safety education approved and licensed by Washington Department of Licensing.
The driver training program must include all of the following:
- A total of 30 hours of classroom instruction, with a maximum of 2 hours per day.
- A minimum of 6 hours of practice driving, with a maximum of 1 hour per day.
- A minimum of 1 hour of behind-the-wheel observation.
Online traffic safety education classes are not approved courses in Washington State.
Who must complete a driver training program?
All drivers under 18 years must complete a driver training program to earn a driver license.
A teen can enroll in driver training when they are 15 years old.
The driver training course is not required if you are 18 years or older.
Which Documents do I need to apply for a WA license or learner’s permit?
As a first-time applicant you must provide proof of:
- Identity and date of birth
- Citizenship or legal presence
You must also provide your Social Security number if you have one.
If you are under 18 years, you must also have a parent sign the parental authorization form or an affidavit form.
For a list of acceptable documents, visit dol.wa.gov .
What are the restrictions on Washington instruction permit?
You must always be accompanied by a licensed driver in the front passenger seat. The supervising driver must have at least 5 years of driving experience.
You cannot use a cell phone while driving unless it is used to call 911.
All passengers must wear seat belts, regardless of seating position or age.
Under no circumstances can you drive on your own when you hold a learner’s permit.
How long must I hold a Washington instruction permit?
You must hold the instruction permit for at least six months before you can apply for a driver’s license.
How many hours of driving practice is necessary to get a license?
To earn your Washington driver license, you must complete at least 40 hours of daylight and 10 hours of night driving (a total of 50 hours).