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Washington State Knowledge Test

Washington State Knowledge Test

The Washington State Knowledge Test comprises 40 multiple-choice questions in paper format and is accessible in various languages, including English, Spanish, Russian, Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, and Japanese. To successfully pass, a minimum score of 80% is required. 

*Please note that Knowledge Tests must be taken in person; remote options are not available.

Are you a new driver in Washington? Have you previously held an out-of-state / out-of-country driver's license? Explore these frequently asked questions (FAQs) for helpful information.

International Drivers Academy is a DOL-approved license testing center. If you have a group of 5 people or more, please email to schedule the Knowledge Test. 

Payment will be collected in person on the day of your appointment.

What to prepare prior to the Knowledge Test?

1. Pre-apply on the WA DOL website 

If you don't have a Washington State ID card, Instruction Permit, or expired WA Driver's License, you must complete the pre-apply process on the DOL website before scheduling your Knowledge Test. It's free and saves you a trip to the DOL office. After pre-applying, you'll get a "WDL" confirmation number (e.g. WDL123456abc) required for the Knowledge Test. If you have trouble completing your pre-apply, please contact the DOL office.

If you already have a Washington State ID, Instruction Permit, or an expired WA Driver's License, you can skip the pre-apply process.

2. Study the Washington State Driver Guide

Before your Knowledge Test, make sure to study the fundamental rules of safe driving in Washington State. Familiarize yourself with road signs, right of way, emergency procedures, WA state laws, and safe driving tips. This is the most effective way to pass the Knowledge Test. The official Driver Guide is available in multiple languages for your practice. 


What to bring for the Knowledge Test?

  • Your WDL number, AND

    • New format example: "WDL123456abc"

    • If you have an old WA ID issued before 2018, your WDL number will start with your last name. 

  • A government-issued photo ID for proof of identification. Accepted forms of identification include a passport, green card, or employment authorization card.



I've passed the Knowledge Test, what's next?


Once you've passed the Knowledge Test, go to your local DOL office to obtain a WA Instruction Permit (Learner's Permit). Instruction Permit is required for Driving Lessons and warm-up sessions.

Ready to take the Knowledge Test?

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