General questions

Do my parents need to add me to their insurance policy when I get my permit?

No.   You do not need to be named on their insurance policy until you are an official “Licensed” driver.

Can I count my drive time with my instructor toward my 50 hours?

Unfortunately, the state of WA says “no”.

Do my 50 hours of driving need to be complete by the end of my course?

No.  Your 50 hours need to be complete before you apply for your Driver’s License.  (see “Steps to Getting A Driver’s License” last column.)

How do I successfully complete my Driver’s Ed course?

The following must be completed within 6 months of the start date of the course and before the Course Completion information will be entered in your student’s Dept of Licensing record.  If these requirements are not met by the 6 month date, state of WA rules say that the course must be taken over again.  

–Five, 1 hour BTW drive lessons with an instructor and One, 1 hour BTW observation.

–Classes #1-15. (34 hours instruction including drive simulation program, ZED)

–Passing grade of 80% on Driver’s Ed final test. (taken during class #15)  If not passed the student must re-take the test at the discretion of the instructor.

–All course fees must be paid, including:  Full tuition, any $35 drive cancel fees and any course late fees.


Drives and Classes

What happens if I miss a class?

State of WA rules say that all missed classes must be made up within the 6 month course completion time frame or the course will need to be repeated.  The process for making up classes is easy.  You will need to check out the Class Make-up Calendar on the STUDENTS page of our website ( and schedule your make-up class.

What will I do on my drives?

#1 – Introduction, tailored to student experience.
#2 – Roundabouts, driving around town.
#3 – Parking, backing around corners.
#4 – Freeway, merging.
#5 – Review, practice test.

What is an observation?

An observation is when you sit in the backseat and observe another student driver.  One of these is included in your course, but you can schedule as many as you want for no extra charge.

How do I cancel a drive?

You can cancel your drive via the Schedule Agent website.

When would I owe a cancel fee?

Xcelerate’s policy requires 24 hours’ notice for the cancellation of a scheduled drive and charges a rescheduling fee of $50 for the following:

-If a student does not bring their permit to their scheduled drive.

-If a student is more than 10 minutes late for a scheduled drive.

-Cancellation of a drive without 24 hours’ notice.

-Not showing up for your scheduled drive.

How do I pay my drive cancellation fee?

Go to the STUDENTS page on our website ( and click the green button on the bottom of the page to pay online.  Once your payment is made, it will take up to 24 hours to post to your account.  You will receive an email from Schedule Agent when you can reschedule.

Steps to getting a Driver’s License

Once I finish all the Driver’s Ed Course requirements, what’s next?

Pass the state of WA Written Knowledge Test.  This test is given during class #15 if student has not already taken it.  If not passed, student will need to schedule a re-take and pay a $10 re-take fee.

Once I’ve passed the Written Knowledge Test, what’s next?

Your student now qualifies to take the state Driving Test anytime!  It can be done now or just before he/she is ready to apply for their license, or any time in between.

The test can be taken with us, we charge $40 for Xcelerate students.  Use of one of our cars is an option for no extra charge.  When you are ready to schedule the test with us, it can be scheduled on Schedule Agent just like you scheduled your course drives.  Please give yourself about 2 weeks’ notice to schedule the test.

What happens after my student passes the Drive Test?

Make sure they qualify to apply for their license.  Below are the requirements that need to be met:

To qualify for their Driver’s License:

1)  Complete a Driver’s Ed course **
2)  Pass the state Written Knowledge Test (given during class #15) **
3)  Pass the state Driving Test **
4)  Be 16 years old
5)  Have had permit for at least 6 months
6)  Complete 50 hours (10 at night) of driving practice ++

** Xcelerate will enter this info into the student’s DOL record.
++ Parent will verify verbally during the driver’s license application, either online (see below) or at the DOL office.

How do I apply for my license?

If your student has his/her picture on their permit, you can get the license online through the DOL.  If you go to our “Students” page there is a link on the bottom.  We have had many students do it this way.  The state charges $89 for the Driver’s license.  The receipt is the temporary license until the real one comes in the mail.  We have had some students that this has not worked for various reasons, if it does not for you, you’ll need to go to a DOL office.

If your student does NOT have their picture on their permit, you will need to visit a Dept of Licensing office.  The state charges $89 for the Driver’s License.