Help! I need a manual! Justine just turned 15 and that means it’s time for driving school. Oh my!
Where do you go to driving school? How much does it cost? When do you get your permit? What do we need? Do we add her to our insurance? So many questions!
Where’s the manual for 15-year-olds?!
Thank goodness for friends who have gone before, I was able to navigate this whole 15-year-old thing.
The information below reflects what I have learned in Washington State.
1) Driving Schools
I remember taking driving class as a school elective. I’m not sure if there was a fee or not but, if there was, I doubt it was much.
Gone are the days of driving school electives and cursive writing. We’re on our own! (At least in our part of the woods!)
There are plenty of driving schools out there and High Schools may even provide driving school outside of regular school hours. There is always a fee involved. A pretty hefty fee, at that. We paid $509. I’m hearing fees vary widely depending on the school you choose.
Check with friends for recommendations. This is where Facebook can be a huge help! Use it to your advantage and find the best thing going!
What?! What?! Yep! Justine has spent approximately five minutes behind the wheel of a car but she has her permit. Mind you, she won’t be on the open road until she gets some schooling under her belt.
We went to dol.wa.org and pre-applied under ‘Pre-apply for your first WA driver license’. (You will need a social security number for this step.) We were given a confirmation ID, gave that number to the driving school, and then headed to the Department of Licensing.
The Department of Licensing just gives you the warm fuzzies, doesn’t it?!
What you need to get your permit:
- Confirmation Number
- Parent’s license (and parent – TeeHee!)
- Teen’s birth certificate
- $25 (cash or check, they add a $3 service fee if you use credit and I believe it was a $2 service fee for debit)
- Patience – had to throw that one in there!
I have to admit, when we went into the D.O.L. I didn’t know if Justine would be getting a permit or I.D. We were just following the driving school orders and taking our confirmation # in. Apparently, when you give the driving school the confirmation I.D. #, they put you in the system that gives you a waiver. This waiver allows you to get your permit without taking the written test. You may get your permit within 10 days of starting driving school.
Yes, I learned all of this through asking questions to Mrs. D.O.L. It was like pulling teeth but we got there. Funny thing was, we approached her counter, she asked how she could help, I started to ask if we needed a permit or I.D. but was quickly cut off and told she wanted to hear it from my daughter because part of the process is observing her mental capacity. Good Lord have Mercy! If I don’t know, how in the world is Justine supposed to know?! You can give me a pat on the back for smiling anyways and exercising patience;0)
For more information:
At the age of 18, driving school isn’t required. You take a knowledge test and a drive test. (Just a tidbit I thought was interesting.)
If you would like to drive before the age of 18, you must complete driving school and have your parent sign for you. You are then eligible to get your license at the age of 16.
Check out this article:
The article states: ‘The teen driver would not necessarily need to be added to the parents’ car insurance policy until he or she gets a full license.’ Whew! Just bought a little time there! I will be calling our insurance to make sure. Don’t take my word for it, for goodness sakes. I don’t have the 15-year-old manual!
My husband has promised Justine for years that she would inherit his truck when the time came. The time has almost come. Uh oh! Better fast track getting my car paid off so my husband can purchase a new car just one short year from now. Be careful what you promise, people!
Alright, what’s next?! I know there must be something right around the corner just waiting to sneak up on me.