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New restrictions for businesses and professions

On November 15, Governor Inslee announced new restrictions for some businesses. This is in response to the recent rapid spread of the COVID-19 virus in Washington and across the country. The new restrictions apply to all counties, regardless of what phase the county is in. They are effective from midnight on November 16 through December 14.

The new restrictions come as Washington sees consistent increasing daily case counts. There were over 2,000 cases a day over the weekend and average cases in the state doubled over the past 2 weeks. Continue reading “New restrictions for businesses and professions”

Amid new COVID restrictions, DOL offices remain open by appointment only

Governor Jay Inslee announced new restrictions to slow the spread of COVID-19. They do not affect state agency operations.

Our public offices are still open by appointment only. This includes driver licensing offices and prorate and fuel tax counters. Drive testing and knowledge testing also are ongoing.

Appointments are for customers who can’t complete their task online, by phone, or by mail. We encourage residents to take advantage of expanded online services. Continue reading “Amid new COVID restrictions, DOL offices remain open by appointment only”

More extensions for driver licenses & instruction permits

We’re continuing to extend the expiration dates of valid Washington state driver licenses and instruction permits. This applies to driver licenses and learner permits expiring March 1 – April 30, 2020. Those expiring October 1 – December 31, 2020 are also extended. This gives you extra time to renew online or schedule an appointment without incurring penalties or late fees. Permit holders can continue to practice driving.

  • We extended licenses and instruction permits expiring March 1 – April 30, 2020 an extra 90 days. This extends them a total of 270 days. This means they expire 9 months after the date printed on the card.
  • We extended licenses and instruction permits expiring October 1 – December 31, 2020 for 90 days. They now expire 3 months after the date printed on the card.

Continue reading “More extensions for driver licenses & instruction permits”

With REAL ID still a year away, you have plenty of time – and options

Worried your ID soon won’t fly? Rest easy and stay healthy. You have another year to make sure you’re ready for REAL ID.

Due to the pandemic, the original deadline got pushed back by a year to Oct. 1, 2021. You now have more time to make sure you have what you need to board an airplane or access federal facilities such as military bases. Continue reading “With REAL ID still a year away, you have plenty of time – and options”

Have you tried online? It’s your first option for most licensing services

These days, the only way to get into one of our driver licensing offices is with an appointment. But with social distancing and other safety measures limiting our capacity, they fill up fast! If you need to visit one of our offices, try something different: online services.

To make sure those with urgent needs can get an appointment, we’re asking everyone else to go online. Or even hold off or find another way until the health emergency is over. Continue reading “Have you tried online? It’s your first option for most licensing services”

Take advantage of our online services

We continue to transition more of our services online. We’ve worked to adjust our service model to try to help as many people as possible, as safe as possible. The health and safety of our employees and customers is always our top priority.

We put social distancing measures and other health guidelines in place at our driver licensing offices. Due to this, capacity is reduced and appointments are limited. This could mean waiting a while for an appointment date. Please go online first. Continue reading “Take advantage of our online 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

Continue reading “6 more driver licensing offices set to reopen by appointment”