How au pairs can get a local Driver's License - and what to know before you do:


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Getting a License

Some host families are finding that even though they thought (or were told) that a local license was important, or cheaper, for their (mandatory) car insurance – that if you have not been in our country very long, their rates might not change at all. Please ask your host family to check with their auto insurance company before you apply for a local license – it might save you both money and time.

Once you are ready to start, review the steps, required documents and location links below, all found through the WA State Department of Licensing website.

  • PRE-APPLY online, or APPLY in person at a license office below. Bring: International Driving License, Passport & I-94 print-out, Social Security card (or number) and your host family’s address. Cost: $35 to apply + $45 for License.
  • STUDY the WA State Driver’s guide  (available in English, Spanish & Asian languages) and take an online practice test of our road rules.
  • Find a testing location and take KNOWLEDGE (written) TEST.
  • Follow links and make appointment for off-site DRIVING TEST. Cost: $ changes by site.
  • Bring proof of Car Insurance and a working vehicle to your driving appointment.

Fees are on the DOL website. Current overall Cost is: $80 (to DOL) + $30-60 extra (paid to driving test site, if not DOL). Identification (ID) card alone is: $45. How to pay: online or in person; WA State DOL accepts cash, checks, MasterCard & American Express credit cards and some Visa credit/debit cards.

DOL locations are listed online and on the next page. Listing of other TESTING SITES is available online.

Note: Only two DOL sites offer the driving & written tests with your payments (Lynnwood & North Bend). Most offices are less busy weekday mornings and Wednesdays through Fridays. Apply ahead online and bring your DOL confirmation code with you to office (or testing site).

Downtown Seattle Driver’s License Office

205 Spring St / Seattle, WA 98104

Phone: 206.464.6845  Web link

Hours: M-F 8:30-4:30, (excepting Thurs 9:30-4:30)

Services: Apply (for License or ID) only

West Seattle Driver’s License Office

8830 25th Ave SW / Seattle, WA 98106-3237

Phone: 206.764.4144

Hours: Tues, Wed, Fri 8:30-5pm; Thurs 9:30-5pm; Sat 9:30-2pm

Services: Apply (for License or ID) only

Lynnwood Driver’s License Office [just North of Seattle & Shoreline]

18023 Hwy 99 N Suite E / Lynnwood, WA 98037-4492

Phone: 425.672.3409

Hours: Tues, Wed, Fri 8:30-5pm; Thurs 9:30-5pm; Sat 9:30-2pm

Services: Apply; Knowledge & Driving Tests (Wed-Fri only).

Bellevue/Bel-Red Driver’s License Office

13133 Bel-Red Road / Bellevue, WA 98005

Phone: 425.649.4281

Hours: Tues, Wed, Fri 8:30-5pm; Thurs 9:30-5pm; Sat 9:30-2pm

Services: Apply (for License or ID) only

Renton Driver’s License Office

1314 Union Ave NE (Suite 4) / Renton, WA 98059-3959

Phone: 425.277.7230

Hours: Tues, Wed, Fri 8:30-5pm; Thurs 9:30-5pm; Sat 9:30-2pm

Services: Apply (for License or ID) only

North Bend Driver’s License Office [East of Bellevue & Issaquah]

402 Main Ave S, (Suite 11) / North Bend, WA 98045

Phone: 425.888.4036 

Hours: Tues, Wed, Fri 8:30-5pm; Thurs 9:30-5pm; Sat 9:30-2pm

Services: Apply; Knowledge & Driving Tests (Wed-Fri only).

Tauryn Beeman Tauryn Beeman

Tauryn is the InterExchange Au Pair USA Local Coordinator for the Seattle area.

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