Department of Licensing (DOL) Examination Guidelines and Information
DOL driver license knowledge skills examinations are administered by qualified examiners in accordance with standards and procedures established by the DOL. Knowledge exams are only provided either to obtain an instruction permit or for the purpose of licensure.
The Department of Licensing reserves the right to conduct random re-examinations; applicants refusing to take a re-examination may have their license revoked. Testing must be done at a DOL office if a letter was received from DOL regarding specific examinations due to a physical, mental, visual or medical issue.
To be eligible to take a knowledge examination for the purpose of obtaining an instruction permit, an applicant must be at least age 15 and not currently enrolled in a TSE course per WAC 308.108.15. If a permit or waiver for a permit has already been issued, do not administer a knowledge test until they are eligible for licensure. If an applicant is referred by an LSO to test with you and they are not eligible, contact the program for additional guidance.
For the purpose of licensure, an applicant who is at least age 15 may take the knowledge examination if they have successfully completed requirements of the TSE course (completing both drive and classroom instruction per WAC 308.108.150) or are entered in the License Express for Business website as having completed a course of instruction from another school. If the applicant is age 18 or older, completing a course of instruction is not required.
Who can take: Bellingham Public Schools offers exams to students who live in the service area of Bellingham School District who meet the qualifications above.
How to sign up: Students must pre-register
· Bring Washington State Permit or State ID card or Pre-Application for Permit, if items doesn’t contain a picture please provide a photo ID
· Have Pen or Pencil to fill out exam scantron
Fees: There is no fee to administer the initial driver licensing examination (written knowledge test) for all students who qualify and live in the Bellingham School District service area. Even though there is no fee, we recommend your student take the exam seriously and read though the Washington Driver Guide and “drive by the numbers” assignment from Traffic Safety Course before attempting the exam.
Exam format, passing grade and retakes: Exam scores are entered into the DOL database within twenty-four (24) hours. Passing the knowledge and driving tests does not guarantee that an applicant will be issued a driver license. The written knowledge exam consists of 40 multiple-choice questions about traffic safety laws. In order to pass the test, at least 32 answers must be correct. If the knowledge test is not passed the first time, students may retake at no cost after doing the following:
1) making an appointment with a TSE teacher to create a study plan
2) communicating the plan with their parent or guardian
3) scheduling a retake during the next TSE session.
Comments, questions, or concerns: If you have questions or concerns about our traffic safety program, our instructors or the knowledge test administration, please contact your instructor at your school first. If you have further questions or concerns, please contact
· Traffic Safety Coordinator Stu Soderquist:360-676-6575 ext. 7127. [email protected]
- Review the prescreening questions when signing up and re-evaluate the prescreening questions the day of the exam. If you have any of the symptoms, please do not show up.
Day of Testing:
- Follow directional signs and spacing to get to their individual table.
- Examiners will have their exam prefilled out, so they only must verify the picture and permit match the test taker.
- This way their will be no check in line, we will have a table and match the students name and show them to their table for testing
- Students are encouraged to bring own pen/pencil – if they need to borrow, we will have them