Violation of Intermediate driver license and tough Penalties
  • 1st Violation-the passenger and nighttime restrictions are extended until age 18 and a warning letter is sent to you and your parent or guardian.
  • 2nd Violation-you are suspended for six months (or until age 18 if that comes first)
  • 3rd Violation-you are suspended until age 18

You and your parent, or guardian, are notified before any suspension action is taken.

Basic License

On your 18th birthday, your license will become a basic driver license without the intermediate license restrictions. You do not need to visit a driver license office to make this change.


To get an Intermediate driver license you must be :
  • ​16 years old.
  • must Pass an approved driver-training course. (Driver's Ed)
  • must have a instruction permit for at least 6 months.
  • Completion of 50 hrs including 10 hrs nighttime which was gained through a licensed driver with atleast five years of licensed driving experience.
  • Pass knowledge test.
  • Pass skill test.
  • pass the medical and vision screening.
  • get the consent of a parents or guardians
  • ​provide your Social Security number.
  • not have been issued a traffic ticket and must not have any traffic ticket pending when you apply for your license.
  • not have been convicted of and must not have been found to have committed a traffic violation within the last six months before the day you apply for your license.
  • not have been convicted of and must not have been found to have commited an offense involving the use of alcohol or drugs while you had an instruction permit.
Instruction permit at age 15

If you are enrolled in an approved Driver's Ed Course you can get an instruction permit at age 15. You will need a waiver from your school, allowing you to apply for the permit up to 10 days before the class starts. The waiver allows you to be issued a permit without taking the knowledge test, however, you will be required to take the knowledge and drive test as part of your future license application. 

If you are under 18, you must also bring your parents or guardians with you to licensing office when you apply. They must show proof of identity and proof of relationship to you and must also sign a Parental Authorization Affidavit. When last names are different, we require more documents proving relationship. The permit is valid for one year and you can only renew it once.

Instruction permit
  • be at least 15-1/2 years old (or 15 years old if enrolled in an DOL Approved Driver-Training Course)
  • Pass the WA state written test. (unless enrolled in an DOL Approved Driver-Training Course)
  • Complete the vision and medical screenings and
  • pay an application/examination fee.


Bal Driving School

Bal Driving School, LLC

2 locations to serve:
​​1800 James St, Ste 101, Bellingham.
2121 E College way, Ste A, Mount Vernon.
Office: (360) 785-6383

Driving Instruction since 2008

​​You're in Safe hands!!

Intermediate driver license restrictions 
  • ​cannot drive between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. unless you are with a parent, a guardian, or a licensed driver who is at least 25 years old.
  • ​for the first six months, no passenger under the age of 20 may be with you while you drive unless that person is a close family member.
  • for the remaining time, no more than three passengers under the age of 20 may be with you while you drive unless they are close family members.
  • may not use a cell phone or other wireless communication device while operation a motor vehicle unless the holder is using the device to report illegal activity, summon medical or other emergency help, or prevent injury to a person or property.