Frequently Asked Questions

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    Please see our frequently asked questions. If you still have more questions please do not hesitate to contact us.

    Our course is certified to meet the State of Washington requirements for a teen traffic safety education course. It includes 30 hours of classroom instruction, 6 hours of behind the wheel instruction, and 4 hours of in-car observation.

    If you choose one of our courses that is held 3 days per week, the classroom portion of the course will take about 4 weeks. If you choose a course that is held 2 days per week, it will take a couple weeks longer. The behind the wheel instruction time may be able to be completed in the same time, but usually extends 2-4 weeks beyond the classroom time.

    Missing a class is not a good idea, but sometimes things happen. Washington State allows a student to miss up to 3 of the scheduled class dates. If a student misses a class, they must attend a class as soon as possible to make up the miss. There are no allowances for missing more than 3 classes. A student who misses more than 3 classes will be required to enroll in a new course, and pay the entire tuition again if they want to obtain a license before age 18.

    Parkside Driving School is a locally owned driving school operating in the Tri-Cities and Yakima communities. We have been offering driver training since 1997, and have strong ties to the communities we serve. Our instructors are trained to be patient and understanding, with an emphasis on confidence building and good habit development. We make every attempt to keep our costs reasonable, and we do everything we can to accommodate the specific needs of our students (within State guidelines, of course). We mean no disrespect to any other driving schools, but we confidently believe we are the best driving school in the area.

    Safety is a serious concern when teaching a new driver on public streets. First, we make sure our instructors have the observation skills to see problems developing before they become serious. Next, we make sure the instruction takes place on streets and in traffic situations which are appropriate for the skill level of the driver. Finally, when selecting an instruction vehicle, we consider the crash worthiness and safety ratings of the vehicle. Using this approach, Parkside Driving School is very proud to say that, despite a rare fender bender, we have never had a student injury, nor has any student been found at fault for a collision during instruction.

    Yes! If you think you have the right stuff to teach new drivers, we want to talk to you. We are always in search of the right people to add to our team. Part time and sometimes full time positions may be possible. Contact us for more details.

    Yes! Anyone eligible to attempt the DOL knowledge exam or the DOL skills exam can make an appointment with Parkside. Give us a call when you are ready, and we'll schedule a time.

    First, enroll in Parkside course. The start date of that course will determine when you can get a permit. Next, pre-apply on www.dol.wa.gov for a first license. Then, when you have the confirmation number, call Parkside and give us that number. After we have the number, and within 10 days of the class start, you can go to any DOL office and get a permit. Make sure you look on the DOL website for the things they want you to bring when you go. They will charge you for a permit. Parkside is not allowed to include that fee in tuition.

    It can be a little confusing to figure out how to get a license. There are a few requirements you must meet beforehand. First, if you are under 18, you have to complete a driver education course. Then, you have to pass both a knowledge exam and a skills exam. Then, you can visit any DOL office with the necessary documents and money, and they will issue a license. Or, you can skip the trip to DOL, and visit their website instead. If you have a Washington State instructional permit, and you're okay with that photo being on your license, you can get your first license online!

    Visit www.dol.wa.gov for more details.

  • How does a student get a permit?

    To obtain your first permit, Follow the steps below that best describe you. By enrolling in a driver ed course, you will not be required to pass a test to get a permit. You will take that test after the driver ed course is complete.

    Call Parkside with your ID number.
    If you have lost your Washington ID card, visit a DOL office to get your number.
    Visit a DOL office up to 10 days before your class starts.
    Pay DOL the permit fee ($25)
    Pass a vision screening
    DOL will usually issue a temporary permit right then, and mail you a permanent permit.

    Pre-apply with Washington DOL using this link. http://www.dol.wa.gov/driverslicense/preapply.html
    If you prefer, you may visit a DOL office and pre-apply in person.
    Call Parkside with the confirmation number you are issued. (It looks like a license number)
    Visit a DOL office up to 10 days before your class starts.
    Take the confirmation number with you.
    Check the DOL website for the required proof of identity you will need to show them.
    Pay DOL the permit fee ($25)
    Pass a vision screening
    DOL will usually issue a temporary permit right then, and mail you a permanent permit.

    Pre-apply with Washington DOL using this link. http://www.dol.wa.gov/driverslicense/preapply.html
    If you prefer, you may visit a DOL office and pre-apply in person.
    Call Parkside to schedule a knowledge test appointment.
    Take the confirmation number with you.
    The test costs $20 per attempt
    After you pass the test, visit a DOL office.
    Take the confirmation number with you.
    Check the DOL website for the required proof of identity you will need to show them.
    Pay DOL the permit fee ($25)
    Pass a vision screening
    DOL will usually issue a temporary permit right then, and mail you a permanent permit.

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