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March

2020

Guidance regarding business and residential landlord compliance with statewide Stay Home, Stay Healthy orders

Camp Murray, WA — Gov. Jay Inslee on March 23, 2020, announced a statewide “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order that requires everyone to stay home unless they are pursuing an essential activity such as shopping for groceries, picking up prescription medications or seeking emergency medical care. The order bans all social, spiritual and recreational gatherings and requires all non-essential businesses to close. The order details several categories of essential businesses and workers that can remain operational because they are critical to protecting the health and well-being of all Washingtonians.

On March 18, 2020, Gov. Inslee announced a temporary Moratorium on Evictions for certain residential tenants. Minimizing residential evictions is critical to enable Washingtonians to comply with the Stay Home, Stay Healthy order.

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All driver licensing offices will temporarily close to the public beginning Tuesday, March 31, 2020

The Department of Licensing (DOL) is temporarily closing all driver licensing lobbies beginning March 31, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. All appointments are being canceled at this time and no appointments will be made going forward.

“The safety and health of both employees and customers is paramount. Sanitation products continue to be difficult to purchase and ensuring appropriate social distancing during in person transactions is difficult” said Teresa Berntsen, Director of the Department of Licensing.  “We appreciate patience and understanding as the Department of Licensing does its part to stop the spread of COVID-19.”

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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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