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Driver Licenses and ID Cards

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.

REAL ID is a great example. Enforcement of the new federal law related to air travel ID won’t happen until Oct. 1, 2021, a year later than planned. Suppose you planned to get an enhanced driver license (EDL) or enhanced ID (EID) so you can fly when it goes into effect. You’ll need an in-person office visit to get either. But you have many other options, some of which may be easier to get right now than an EDL or EID. You might even already have what you’ll need.

Although you may not be able to upgrade your standard license or ID for a while, you don’t have to worry about paying more when you do. If you renew online now and upgrade later, you’ll pay only the difference in cost. That’s only $4 a year for the rest of your renewal cycle.

You may have also heard about recent extensions. If your driver license or instruction permit expired March 1 through June 30, 2020, we extended it 180 days. If it expired July 1 through Sept. 30, 2020, we extended it 90 days. But there’s no need to wait to renew. You can renew now.

Of course, renewals aren’t the only service available online. Dozens of others are available wherever you are, as long as you have internet access.

So remember: try online before trying to make an appointment!

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”

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.

Next to reopen are: Continue reading “16 more driver licensing offices to reopen by appointment only”

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”

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 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!”