Frequently Asked Questions
What is required before I can take a drive exam?
If you are 18 years or older, you have to have passed the Knowledge Test within the past 2 years.
If you are under 18 years old, you have to have passed the Knowledge Test within the past 2 years, and have completed a Washington state-approved Traffic Safety Education (driver's ed) program.
What do you check on the drive test?
• Proper identification of signs and lights -
You must know the meanings of different signs, lights, and pavement markings.
• Proper backing technique - You will be directed to back your vehicle around a corner to the right, staying as close to the edge of the street as you can, and safely continue backing in a straight line until directed to stop.
• Your ability to park on a hill - You will be directed to park your vehicle as if you were going to leave it unattended.
• Parallel parking ability - You will be directed to back into a parking space, either between four poles, two vehicles, or one vehicle with an imaginary vehicle parked about 1 1/2 car lengths to the rear.
• Safe entry into traffic from a stopped position - You will be directed to drive to the edge of the road and stop, then directed to reenter traffic.
• Speed limits - Be aware of the speed limit. Do not exceed the limit, but don’t drive so slowly that you impede others.
What else will I be tested on?
Driving in traffic
- Using the proper lane
- Signaling to change lanes
- Checking your blind spot
- Following other vehicles at a safe distance
- Signaling the proper distance before turning
- Stopping smoothly, completely, and at the right spot
- Looking over your right shoulder
- Backing in a straight line
- Maintaining control of your car
- Scanning for pedestrians and other vehicles
Driving through blind or crowded intersections
- Scanning for signs, signals, pedestrians and other vehicles
- Yielding and taking the right-of-way correctly
- Obeying traffic signals, signs, and roadway markings
- Turning into the proper lane without cutting the lane
- Turning without going wide into the improper lane
Good news for drive exam takers; we don't drive on the freeway!