Driving school now offers tests

No more having to take a number and wait for hours to take the driving tests.

Sam Leigh, owner of Right of Way Driving School, recently attended two training sessions about testing for drivers licenses and the difference between driving “instructor” and “examiner,” and has been given the green light by the Department of Licensing to administer both the written and driving skills tests, and to forward the results to Olympia.

“I am very excited to do this for the community,” Leigh said.

Beginning Tuesday, Dec. 4, qualified people can take the written knowledge test on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., at The Computer Place, 327 Argyle Ave, next to San Juan Island Fitness. The driving skills test will be given by appointment. State rules and restrictions apply to both tests.

The testing fees — $28 for a knowledge test and $48 for a skills test — will be included in the price of the traffic safety course, beginning with the January 2013 session. Additional fees include a $25 permit application, a one-time $35 licensing application and $45 for processing. The good news: the license is valid for 5 years.

The DOL will continue to come to Friday Harbor during the winter on the first and third Wednesday of every month.

To sign up for a driving course, skills test or for information, 360-298-4399, or email drive@rightofwaydrivingschool.com.