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Apply for a first-time instruction permit online

You can now apply for a first-time driver instruction permit online!

Due to COVID-19, Gov. Jay Inslee waived the instruction permit requirement for in-person signatures. If you already have an appointment to get your instruction permit, log into your account and cancel the appointment.

How to Apply on License eXpress

First, you need to create a License eXpress account if you don’t already have one. If you don’t have a Washington ID card, you’ll need to pre-apply online to get a driver license number.

Next, you need to get a driver training school knowledge test waiver or pass the knowledge test. To get the knowledge test waiver, you should enroll in a driver training school program. You’ll need to provide the school with your driver license number. If you decide to complete the knowledge test, you can do so at a driver licensing office (where offered) or driver training school.

After you finish steps 1 and 2, return to License eXpress where you’ll see a new link: “Get your instruction permit.” This will allow you to get your permit online.

If you are under 18 years old, you’ll need a parent to attest to your identity. Once everything gets filled out, submit your electronic signature and payment. This will complete the transaction.

Receiving Non-Photo Instruction Permits

Once you’ve completed everything online, you can print a temporary non-photo instruction permit. You must carry it with you. The permit will get issued the date of the completed transaction.

You should keep the temporary permit with you until the card arrives in the mail. It should get there within 7 – 10 days.

Getting a Driver License in the Future

When you’re ready to get your first-time driver license, you’ll still need to make an appointment at a driver licensing office. The non-photo permit won’t be acceptable as proof-of-identity since it does not have a photo.

Contact Us

If you need more help, call 360.902.3900. Please be patient, as call volume is high.