WA State Written Knowledge & Drive Skills Testing Information

To get a Washington State driver license, applicants are required to pass a written knowledge and drive skills test. Nelson Driving School, LLC is authorized by the Department of Licensing to provide both the written knowledge and drive skills tests to students and non-students of Nelson Driving School, LLC. Please visithttp://www.dol.wa.gov/driverslicense/teens.htmlfor more information. All Applicants must pre-apply online at https://secure.dol.wa.gov/home/.

After pre-applying please print or write down your confirmation number that is given to you. Your confirmation number, which is provided at the time of pre-applying, permit number, WA State ID card or previous WA license number is required at the time of testing.  Please bring photo ID to verify identity.  For those under 18 will need a parent with photo ID.

Your confirmation number is first 5 letters of last name, first and middle initial and 5 numbers or letters.


Bellingham- Mon to Fri 10-5p and Sat 10-2p

Lynden-  Wed 11-1pm and Sat 10-2p

Both locations are walk in with no appointment necessary for both the written knowledge and drive skills tests. 

Check DOL's website for acceptable forms of ID for testing and licensing.



KNOWLEDGE TEST ONLY                                                 $35.00

DRIVE SKILLS TEST ONLY                                                $35.00


We accept cash, money orders, Visa and MasterCard. 

Please note Nelson Driving School, LLC does not issue WA State ID cards, permits or driver licenses.  WA State ID cards, permits and driver licenses are issued by the Department of Licensing.  Licensing fees are not included in testing fees.  Please use the following link to check current license fees.  http://www.dol.wa.gov/driverslicense/fees.html


​The written knowledge test consists of 40 multiple-choice questions about traffic safety laws. Applicants must answer at least 32 questions correctly in order to pass the test.

The written knowledge test is offered during business hours at our Bellingham and Lynden office locations. For more information contact us info@nelsondrivingschool.com or at (360) 756-8777. 

The drive skills test will test applicants’ ability to drive legally and safely. Applicants must pass the drive skills test with a score of 80 or better out of 100 possible points. Applicants must also meet the eligibility requirements for taking the drive skills test at Nelson Driving School, LLC. If you do not meet the eligibility requirements you may need to go to the Department of Licensing to complete your license testing. For more information on what applicants will be evaluated on, please visit: http://www.dol.wa.gov/driverslicense/drivingtest.html. The drive skills test is offered during business hours at our Bellingham and Lynden office locations. For more information contact us info@nelsondrivingschool.com or at (360) 756-8777.

Scores for the written knowledge and drive skills test will be reported to the Department of Licensing electronically within 24 hours. Passing the written knowledge and drive skills test does not guarantee that an applicant will be issued a driver license. The Department of Licensing will determine if an applicant has met all licensing requirements. The Department of Licensing reserves the right to retest applicants who complete tests through Nelson Driving School, LLC. Retesting is done at random at no cost to the applicant.

Applicants may provide their own vehicles* or use a Nelson Driving School, LLC’s vehicle for an additional fee (see price listing). All of our vehicles are Honda Civics with automatic transmissions.

*The following requirements must be met if applicants elect to use their own vehicle for the skills test:

o  All brakes lights must work
o  All turn signals must work
o  Head Lights
o  Seat belts must function and be used
o  License plates must be on front and back of vehicle with current tabs on rear plate
o  Windshield must not be not cracked or chipped in the line of vision. If raining, windshield wipers must function and the defroster system must work properly to defog the windows
o  Tires must meet state requirements for tire tread (no bald tires)
o   Drivers side window must roll down, hand signals.
o  A valid non expired insurance card must be presented at the time of testing (examiner may verify insurance with carrier)

Applicants may retake both the written knowledge and drive skills test as many times as necessary with no waiting period to pass. However, each time you retake the written knowledge or drive skills test fees must be paid. All testing fees are non-refundable.

Knowledge and Skills Testing: Frequently Asked Questions

Q-How long is the knowledge test good for?
A-2 years from the day you take the knowledge test.

Q-How long is the skills test good for?
A-1 year from the day you take the skills test

Q-Is the written test the same as the knowledge test?

Q-Is the drive test the same as the skills test?

Q-Does Nelson Driving School, LLC do motorcycle exams?
A-No, You must visit the Department of Licensing.

Q-How long is an instruction permit valid for?
A.-1 year from the date of issue

Q-How many times can a permit be renewed?
A-Once, for an additional year. See DOL for more information regarding renewing for a 3rd time.

Q.-Do I Have to be 16 years old to take the Knowledge and Drive Skills test?
A.-No, you can take both test prior to the age of 16 however you are not eligible for your license until the age of 16 and/or all requirements have been met.

Q. - How many times can I retake the Knowledge and Drive Skills test?
A. - You can take them as many times as you would like. Test fees apply to retakes.


DOL Practice Department of Licensing Questions for Knowledge Test

DOL Drive Test

Nelson Driving School, LLC