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Washington Knowledge Test

Who Needs to Take the Test?

All first-time applicants must pass the Washington knowledge test of traffic safety laws.

When moving to Washington, you may not need to take the knowledge test if you hold a valid out-of-state license. If you are under 18, you must show us proof that you have completed a driver-training course meeting Washington standards.

If you hold an out-of-country license you are usually required to pass all examinations.

When renewing your license, a new vision test is required. DOL may also require you to take both the knowledge and driving test again.

Washington Knowledge Exam

The purpose of the knowledge test is to verify that you understand road signs, traffic laws, and safe-driving practices before you drive on Washington roadways.

The test is based on information found in the Washington Driver Guide.

Tests are offered at driver licensing offices and will be given at a computerized test station, unless you have notified DOL about special needs.

The test is a multiple-choice test with 40 questions, and you must correctly answer 32 of them to pass the test (80%).

Your passing test score is good for two years.

Appointments are needed for the knowledge test, but you must arrive in time to start the test at least 30 minutes before the office closes.

Are You Ready for Your Drivers Permit Test?


Read the state Driver's Manual or Handbook. All real permit test questions are based on the material in this manual. Get familiar with all areas and learn the laws and rules presented. Pay special attention to facts that are bolded or highlighted.

Give yourself plenty of time. Start preparing at least two weeks before the real test.

Take several of our driver permit practice tests to make sure you are ready for the real examination.

Our Practice Tests

Our permit and license practice tests contain 25 questions. You must correctly answer 20 questions to pass (80%). This is a common passing score in most states. You should, however, aim for a score of 90% or more on a permit practice test.

Read Carefully

Read all questions and answers carefully. You will see many DMV test answers, but do NOT focus on memorizing exact phrases - focus on understanding! The practice permit test questions may be repeated with several different alternatives and different wording. Real DMV permit test questions are created the same way.

All questions are multiple-choice or true/false. Only one alternative is correct and acceptable. If you see All of the above, None of the above, or similar as one alternative, make sure you evaluate all alternatives carefully.


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