Washington DOL Driver’s License Practice Test

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Pass the written test for your Washington driver’s license the first time! Use this free practice test to help you prepare.

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WA DOL Practice Test Questions

Use these sample questions in addition to the Washington DOL practice test above to study for your driver’s license written exam. These questions are based on information you can find in your official driver’s handbook. 

1. What is the proper following distance behind a motorcyclist?

  1. More than the following distance for a car.
  2. Less than the following distance for the car.
  3. The same as the following distance for a car.
  4. A minimum of 10 seconds.

2. Which is not a factor in determining the distance that it takes to stop your vehicle?

  1. Perception time.
  2. Reaction time.
  3. Braking distance.
  4. Steering technique.

3. If your car breaks down, you should:

  1. Get off the road as quickly by changing multiple lanes at once.
  2. Use your turn signals to carefully exit the road, pull as far off the road as possible, and turn on your hazard lights.
  3. Stop your vehicle where it is.
  4. Pull off to the left side of the road.

4. When you are getting ready to drive, you should:

  1. Honk your horn to alert everyone that you are beginning to drive.
  2. Immediately start the car and put it in gear.
  3. Adjust your mirrors, then your seat, and fasten your seat belt.
  4. Adjust your seat, then your mirrors, and fasten your seat belt.

5. You are driving on a highway and your gas pedal gets jammed. What should you do?

  1. Shift into neutral.
  2. Apply the brakes to slow down.
  3. Pull off the road, stop, and turn off the engine.
  4. All of these.

Please refer to the section below to find the answers to the sample questions above. 

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WA DOL Written Test Answers

Check your answers below to see how you did. Click through to find an explanation for each topic. Remember to read through your driver’s handbook to gain an understanding of each topic that may show up on the official exam. 

1. What is the proper following distance behind a motorcyclist? A. More than the following distance for a car.

2. Which is not a factor in determining the distance that it takes to stop your vehicle? D. Steering technique.

3. If your car breaks down, you should: C. Use your turn signals to carefully exit the road, pull as far off the road as possible, and turn on your hazard lights.

4. When you are getting ready to drive, you should: D. Adjust your seat, then your mirrors, and fasten your seat belt.

5. You are driving on a highway and your gas pedal gets jammed. What should you do? D. All of these.

Continue studying for your Washington knowledge test with more free DMV practice tests and explanations in our DMV written test question and answers section. 

Study the Washington Driver’s Handbook

The first step in preparing for the DOL knowledge test is to read and study the official driver handbook.

Here’s what you’ll find in the Washington driver manual:

  • What to do before driving.
  • Traffic rules.
  • Tips for driving safely.
  • Optimum driving conditions.
  • Emergency situations.

All questions and answers can be found in the WA driver’s manual.

How Many Questions are on the Washington DOL Written Test?

The knowledge test in Washington contains 40 questions based on traffic rules, laws and safety information contained in the WA driver’s manual.

All information can be practiced with our free practice exams.

The test is multiple choice.

Passing Score

To pass, you will need to answer at least 32 of the 40 questions correctly (80%).

If you fail the written test, you may have to wait and pay another fee before taking it again.

After Passing the Written Exam

If you are under 18 years of age, passing the written test will allow you to receive your driver’s permit.

You will have to keep your permit for at least 6 months and practice driving with a licensed driver who has had a driver’s license for at least 5 years.

After you have had your permit at 6 months and have completed at least 40 hours of supervised driving, you can take your road test and receive your provisional driver’s license.

If you are over 18 years of age, you can take your road test after passing the written test. There is no time limit required for you to have a learning permit.

Find more information about getting your WA learner’s permit and driver’s license.

Washington Driver’s License & Testing FAQs

Check out the FAQs below to find answers to common questions about getting your driver’s license and taking your written test.

What is the minimum age to obtain a learner’s permit in Washington?

The minimum age to obtain a learner permit in Washington is 15 years old.

How long do you have to have a learner permit for if you are under 18?

If you are under 18, you must have a learner permit for at least 6 months before taking the driving test and receiving your restricted driver’s license.

What are the supervised driving requirements if you are under 18 in WA?

While you have a learner’s license you must practice supervised driving for at least 40 hours with 10 hours completed at night.

How many questions are on the written test?

There are 40 multiple-choice questions on the written test for you Washington driver’s license.

Learn more: How many questions are on the written test?

How many correct questions do you need to get?

To pass the written test, you will need to get at least 32 correct questions (80%).

What happens if you fail the written test?

If you fail the written test, you will have to pay another fee and wait before trying to take it again.

How old must you be to apply for a driver’s license in Washington?

You must be at least 16 years old to receive an intermediate driver’s license in Washington.

Once you turn 18, you will be eligible for a full and unrestricted driver’s license.

What are the driving restrictions for a license graduated driver (GDL) or a provisional license?

If you are under 18 years of age, the following restrictions apply:

During the first 6 months you cannot drive with passengers under 20 years of age unless they are immediate family members.

During the second 6 months you cannot drive with more than 3 passengers under 20 who are not immediate family members.

For the first year you cannot drive between 1 am and 5 am unless you are driving with a licensed adult who is at least 25 years old.

You cannot use a cell phone while driving.