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Department of Licensing Information

Helping every Washington resident live, work, drive, and thrive.

Updates to our services


How we’re prioritizing in-person appointments

Many of our driver licensing offices are now open by appointment only. If you have a commercial driver license (CDL) need, you can go to any open office – without an appointment.
We’re giving priority to workers in:

  • Commerce
  • Service delivery
  • Health care

And individuals who must drive to get services like healthcare.

Call 360.902.3900 (TTY: call 711) to schedule an appointment. We appreciate your patience as we manage high call volumes.

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REAL ID enforcement postponed due to coronavirus pandemic

The Department of Homeland Security announced Thursday, that they will delay enforcing the REAL ID Act until October 1, 2021. This decision is expected to promote social distancing in the months ahead by reducing the number of people visiting driver licensing offices to obtain compliant identification.

Passed by Congress in 2005 in an effort to strengthen security standards after 9/11, the REAL ID Act had been scheduled to take effect October 1, 2020. Continue reading “REAL ID enforcement postponed due to coronavirus pandemic”

As temporary grace period takes effect, DOL urges online renewals for all driver licenses and ID cards

Social distancing measures are key to efforts to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus. With that in mind, the Department of Licensing is urging all eligible residents to go online to renew their Washington state driver license or identification card.

If your document expires within the next year, you can renew online for the next 30 days.

Even if you renewed online last time.

Even if you’re under age 24 or over 70.

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DOL takes steps to protect the health and safety of customers and employees

The Washington State Department of Licensing (DOL) today
announced new actions it is taking to protect the health and safety of customers and employees during the coronavirus pandemic.

Starting Monday, March 23, more customers will be able to
renew their driver license and ID cards online. Customers whose transactions require a visit to a driver licensing service office will be served on an appointment-only basis. This will significantly reduce the number of people in our offices at any given time, allowing us to better manage customer flow and ensure social distancing.

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