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Commercial driver licenses

Commercial driver licenses, commercial learner permits extended through August 2021

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced new pandemic-related waivers. They’re allowing some commercial drivers to operate with expired licenses and medical certificates.

Waivers apply to commercial driver licenses (CDLs) and commercial learner permits (CLPs) with expiration dates on or after March 1, 2020. They also apply to medical certificates expiring on or after March 1, 2021. Unless renewed already, these documents are now extended through August 31, 2021. Continue reading “Commercial driver licenses, commercial learner permits extended through August 2021”

Extensions are ending

Go online now to renew your driver license or instruction permit. If you delayed renewing due to the extensions, it’s time to act.

We’re planning no further extensions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Check your license or permit. If its expiration date ranges from March 1, 2020 to March 31, 2021, please renew it as soon as possible. Continue reading “Extensions are ending”

[Updated] Commercial driver licenses and license permits extended through May 31, 2021

Updated 10 a.m., March 1, 2021

We are further extending most CDLs and CLPs with extension dates on or after March 1, 2020. This new extension goes through May 31, 2021. Print and show this new letter with your expired license or permit to verify your identify.

At this time, the TSA is not issuing a new extension for CDLs with a hazmat endorsement.

We are also extending the medical certificate waiver.

  • If your medical certificate expired on or after Dec. 1, 2020, we won’t downgrade your CDL through May 31, 2021.
  • Intrastate CDL drivers now have until May 31, 2021 to submit medical certificates.
  • Print and carry this updated letter for documentation

Continue reading “[Updated] Commercial driver licenses and license permits extended through May 31, 2021”

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”

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”

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!”

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:
Continue reading “Driver licensing offices to begin reopening by appointment only June 22”