Q – I would like to start my son in classes, but he isn’t 15 1/2 yet and will not be able to get much practicing in before classes start; is there anything I can do?
A – Your student can actually get a Learner’s Permit at age 15. 15 years is the minimum age to attend Traffic Safety School in Washington and obtain an instruction permit. To do this, simply pre-apply for your student’s permit online @ http://www.dol.wa.gov/driverslicense/preapply.html, enroll in a Traffic Safety Education Class and pay the tuition (or a down payment). The school will notify the State that your student is enrolled and your student can get his/her permit 10 days before the class start date! Take your student, along with his/her certified Birth Certificate or Passport, picture ID (school ID), Social Security number (the DOL doesn’t need the card, just the number) to the DOL to get his/her permit. The cost of the permit is $25.
After all classes and drives are completed, your student will be able to take the DOL Knowledge and Road Test. The test can be taken at Centerline Driving School or at any State certified driving school. Please go to the DOL website for the latest information and locations.
Q – Is there anything my child needs to bring when getting the actual permit; i.e. a Birth Certificate?
A – He or she needs to show a certified Birth Certificate or Passport, Social Security Number and a photo ID. The DOL will issue your student a permit as long as he or she is enrolled in a Traffic Safety Course, or is at least 15 1/2 years old and has passed the Knowledge Test.
Q – Where exactly are you located?
A – Our address is 9317 NE Highway 99, Suite J, Vancouver, WA 98665, just north of Walmart and across the street from The Blind Onion. We are located in the same center as Enterprise Rent-a-Car.
Q – Where can I find the nearest Washington Department of Licensing?
A – Go to www.dol.wa.gov (the Washington State Department of Licensing website) for location information.
Q – Once a class has started, how much time does the student have to complete the drives?
A – Students start driving with us after their 3rd class and take one drive a week with us. This provides plenty of practice time between drives. Realistically, it will take at least 6-8 weeks to complete the course; however, if you are not getting adequate practice time, drives will have to be scheduled farther apart. The recommended duration for Driver’s Education is 18 weeks from start to end.
Please keep in mind that when you sign up for a Traffic Safety Course, you are making a commitment. The commitment is between the school, the parents and the student. The parent’s role is just as important as the student’s. Parents must supply a vehicle for practice that is in good and safe working order, enough practice time, and a good frame of mind in which to teach and guide their student. The student is responsible to be available to drive, complete all assignments, and practice what they have learned in class and on drives and apply it while driving.