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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”

Department of Licensing will close for mandatory furlough days in July

Starting next week, our offices will close one day a week for mandatory furlough days through July 25. Mandatory furlough days include:

  • Thursday, July 2 (because Friday, July 3 is a state holiday)
  • Friday, July 10
  • Friday, July 17
  • Friday, July 24

We will also reduce our days of operation starting the week of June 29. All reopened driver licensing offices will be open Monday – Thursday in July, except for July 2. We’ll be open Friday, July 31. Continue reading “Department of Licensing will close for mandatory furlough days in July”

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

Updated 4:25 p.m., June 22, 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”

Appointments for commercial driver testing and commercial learners permits

We are opening some licensing service offices to offer appointments for:

  • Commercial driver knowledge tests
  • First-time Commercial Learners Permits

Current locations

  • Kennewick
  • Lacey
  • Lynnwood
  • Renton
  • Spokane
  • Vancouver North
  • Wenatchee

This is the only service provided at these locations.

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Commercial driver waivers and extensions

On April 14, 2020, Governor Inslee signed Proclamation 20-48. It covers Department of Licensing – CDL Health Certificates and Other Requirements. This keeps CDL drivers on the road during the COVID-19 pandemic. We realize it’s difficult to access routine health care and driver licensing services. The proclamation aligns with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) waivers.

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