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Driver Licenses and ID Cards

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.

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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

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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.

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”