Routine drivers license exams remain in Auburn & Burien
Now you can avoid the lines at the Department of Licensing by scheduling your Knowledge Exam or Skills (Behind-the-Wheel) Exam at NorthStar Driving Academy.
See below for Knowledge Exam schedules at all of our locations. Due to Covid-19 operating limitations, you must receive a confirmation of your preferred exam date from a NorthStar staff member.
Skills Exams are offered 7 days a week, and are only conducted during daylight hours.
Please carefully read the FAQ's below in preparation for your examination, or contact us with any questions.
Call Center: 206.243.0013 opt. 0
NOTICE: If you do not currently possess a Washington State Identification Card, Instructional Permit or License Number, you must create a License Express account through the Department of Licensing homepage. This is the only way we can upload your test scores to the State database, in order for you to obtain your license. We will ask you for the 12-place number ID code issued to you by the DOL, at the time you schedule your appointment.
Go to www.Dol.Wa.Gov to create your account. Have your personal information, Social Security Number, and email ready so you can confirm your account. Any of our customer service reps will be happy to assist you with creating an account if needed.
If you already have a Washington State ID card or permit number, you do not need to set up an account.
Conducted in English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Russian & Vietnamese
This is the Department of Licensing 40-question exam designed from information within the Washington State Driver Guide.
The DOL has 5 "sample" questions for your preparation. See Practice Test. However, your best preparatio will be studying a current copy of the Washington Driver Guide.
We often see nearly 70% of people taking the test for the first time, failing it, especially due to lack of study.
After paying for the exam please fill out the pre-registration form for the location, day, and time of the exam of your choice. Note the ongoing schedule for Auburn and Burien below, with exceptions indicated. Federal Way is now offering knowledge Exams!
At all locations, please arrive 5-10 minutes early to start on time. Seats may be given up to walk-in test takers if you are late.
Must confirm appointment with staff
Sundays 11:00 am
Thursdays 6:00 pm
No walk-ins at this location | Must confirm appointment with staff
Tuesdays 6:00 pm
Saturdays 10:00 am
Must confirm appointment with Federal Way staff
Friday January 15th 3:00 pm
Starting February: Saturdays 11am
Conducted in English only. Currently only in Auburn and Burien.
Take note: People who accompany you to your exam will not be allowed in the vehicle during it. If our office lobby is closed, they will have to wait outside.
Please use a credit card to secure the service through the PayPal system, and then fill out the pre-registration form to suggest preferred days and times for your skills exam. One of our operators will get back to you with details and confirmation of the appointment within 1-2 business days. Thank you!
Check out the video links below for some insight on the Skills Exam:
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