Drivers Ed



Class Schedule for Whatcom & Skagit County for 2023

(*Ask about group discounts / Payment plans! )

  • February 7th – March 9th (Open for enrollment)
    • 5 pm – 7 pm
  • April 4th – May 4th
    • 5 pm – 7 pm
  • May 16th – June 15th
    • 5 pm – 7 pm
  • June 27th – August 3rd
    • 5 pm – 7 pm
  • August 15th – September 15th
    • 5 pm – 7 pm
  • September 25th – October 26th
    • 5 pm – 7 pm
  • November 14th – December 15th
    • 4 pm – 6 pm

Program Overview

Our driver education classes focus on responsible driving. We teach the mechanics of driving, the execution of driving operations, and a thorough understanding of safe driving rules. We help students understand how their essential personality traits influence their driving decisions.

The initial registration fee is $250. A payment plan is also available, and please get in touch with the office for more details.

Speed up the registration process and pre-apply if you don’t already have a WA ID #

  • Once you pay for drivers’ ed, please download the registration form (which is linked below) and drop it off in person at our Mt. Vernon office
  • Classes are on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday
  • 5:00 pm -7:00 pm
  • Classes will be on zoom
  • Zoom classes can be taken from the comfort of your own home
  • Our Zoom teachers will teach the same program they teach in live classes. Our high-energy signature program was designed especially for teens to keep them engaged and interested in learning
  • We offer “Student Driver” magnets/ stickers for every driver’s ed student


Teen Registration Form

Eligibility Requirements

  • At least 15 years old on the first day of class
  • Picture ID (e.g. government-issued ID)
  • WA ID # (a random number that starts WDL)

Instruction Permit

  • be at least 15-1/2 years old (or 15 years old if enrolled in a DOL Approved Driver-Training Course)
  • Pass the WA state written test. (unless enrolled in a DOL Approved Driver-Training Course)
  • Complete the vision and medical screenings
  • pay an application/examination fee if you are under 18. You must also bring your parents or guardians to the 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 the last names are different, we require more documents proving the relationship. The permit is valid for one year, and you can only renew it once.

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 will enable 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.

To get an Intermediate driver’s license, you must be:

  • 16 years old
  • Must pass an approved driver-training course (Driver’s Ed)
  • Must have an instruction permit for at least six months
  • Completion of 50 hours including 10 hours night time which was gained through a licensed driver with at least five years of licensed driving experience
  • Pass written/ knowledge test.
  • Pass skill/ drive test
  • Pass the medical and vision screening
  • Get the consent of a parent 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 committed an offense involving the use of alcohol or drugs while you had an instruction permit

Violation of Intermediate driver’s 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’s license without the intermediate license restrictions. You do not need to visit a driver’s license office to make this change.


Mount Vernon:
1310 E College Way, Mt Vernon, WA 98273 (Next to Papa Murphy's)

1800 James St #101, Bellingham, WA 98225 (Behind the Ford Dealership)
Mt Vernon:

Operating Hours
Mt Vernon:

Walk-in testing, No appointment necessary

Monday-Friday: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Saturday: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Sunday: Closed


Walk-in testing, No appointment necessary except for Drive test

Monday: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Tuesday-Friday: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Saturday: By appointment only

Sunday: By appointment only