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Another round of extensions for driver licenses and instruction permits

We are continuing to extend Washington driver licenses and instruction permits. Extensions apply to licenses and permits expiring March 1, 2020 through March 31, 2021. Identification cards are not extended.

Extensions are in effect for a limited time. You can renew online in minutes. Most drivers and permit holders can renew online thanks to temporary waivers.

Don’t wait to renew your license, as extensions do not affect your renewal cycle. Your next cycle will begin on the date printed on your document no matter when you renew. You’ll pay the same amount you would have paid without an extension.

Here is a summary of extensions for driver licenses and instruction permits:

2020

  • Licenses and permits expiring March 1 – June 30, 2020 are valid 360 days past the date printed on the card.
  • Licenses and permits expiring July 1 – September 30, 2020 are valid 270 days past the date printed on the card.
  • Licenses and permits expiring October 1 – December 31, 2020 are valid 180 days past the date printed on the card.

2021

  • Licenses and permits expiring January 1 – March 31, 2021 are valid 90 days past the date printed on the card.

New expiration dates will appear in the system if pulled up by law enforcement. You can print and carry a letter about your driver license or learner permit extension. You can also visit your License eXpress account for a copy. We won’t be issuing new cards. You can check an expiration date online.

If your license or permit expires in the extension window, you won’t be subject to penalties or late fees.

We expect to be very busy in the coming months. Please don’t make an appointment at a driver licensing office if you have the option of going online. In-person appointments are for customers who can’t complete their transaction any other way. Going online helps you, other customers, and our employees stay safe and healthy.