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Department of Licensing Information

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

Updates to our services


6 more driver licensing offices set to reopen by appointment

Updated 9:00 a.m., July 31, 2020

Six more driver licensing offices will reopen by appointment only on Monday, July 20. That will bring the total number of reopened offices statewide to 35!

We closed driver licensing offices in late March due to COVID-19 concerns. They began to reopen in June in a series of stages. The next stage includes the following locations:

  • Anacortes
  • Ellensburg
  • Ilwaco
  • Port Angeles
  • Port Townsend
  • Poulsbo Closed until further notice

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16 more driver licensing offices to reopen by appointment only

We are reopening more driver licensing offices on Monday, July 13. Sixteen more locations are resuming in-person services by appointment only. That will bring the total number of reopened offices statewide to 29.

We closed driver licensing offices in late March due to COVID-19 concerns. We began to reopen offices in June with 13 locations.

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Apply for a first-time instruction permit online

You can now apply for a first-time driver instruction permit online!

Due to COVID-19, Gov. Jay Inslee waived the instruction permit requirement for in-person signatures. If you already have an appointment to get your instruction permit, log into your account and cancel the appointment. Continue reading “Apply for a first-time instruction permit online”

Remote option temporarily available for notaries

Updated 11:40 a.m., July 6, 2020

Notaries with an electronic records endorsement can now get a remote notary endorsement. This option is available through August 1, 2020.

Who can provide this service?

You must meet all 3 requirements:

  • Be a licensed notary public.
  • Have an electronic notary endorsement.
  • Have Remote Online Notary (RON) authority.

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Commercial driver licenses extended through September 30, 2020

We continue to extend the expiration dates of valid Washington driver licenses. These extensions apply to commercial driver licenses (CDL) or commercial learner permits that expire on or after March 1, 2020. We have extended the expiration date to Sept. 30, 2020. The extension applies to all CDL types and endorsements.

We are following guidance from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). This guidance keeps essential transportation services operational during the COVID-19 pandemic. You will not incur late fees during the extension period.

CDL and CLP holders will not receive a new license or ID card. Please print and carry this notice and present it with your expired license.

We encourage all CDL holders to renew online, if possible. Almost all Washington residents are eligible to do so for a limited time. In-person services at driver licensing offices are very limited right now. Continue reading “Commercial driver licenses extended through September 30, 2020”

Can’t get help online, by phone, or by mail? Make an appointment!

Updated 8:28 a.m., July 8, 2020

Our offices will begin to reopen Monday, June 22, in a series of stages. We’ll start with 14 locations. All in-person services are by appointment only.

Yesterday the Governor announced furloughs for all state workers. As a result, our days of operation will be temporarily reduced starting the week of June 29. All offices scheduled to reopen will be open Monday – Thursday in July, except for Thursday, July 2. Our offices are also closed July 3 in observance of Independence Day. We’ll be open Friday, July 31.

Our offices will be operating at a reduced capacity with social distancing in place. Please be patient. Appointments are limited. Our online, phone, and mail-in services remain the first option in most instances. Continue reading “Can’t get help online, by phone, or by mail? Make an appointment!”

Driver licensing offices to begin reopening by appointment only June 22

Our driver licensing offices will reopen, by appointment only, starting Monday, June 22. We will limit appointments to only people who can’t conduct their business online or can’t get help through our Customer Service Center.

Some of our offices opened by appointment in May for commercial learner permit testing and issuance. On June 22, we will add 7 offices, offering services for only those who must go to an office in person:
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Instruction permits extended due to office closures

We are extending the expiration dates of valid Washington instruction permits. These extensions apply to permit holders with expiration dates on or after March 1, 2020, through September 30, 2020. This will allow permit holders to continue to practice driving without penalty or incurring late fees. Continue reading “Instruction permits extended due to office closures”