We continue to extend the expiration dates of valid Washington driver licenses. These extensions apply to personal driver licenses that expire on or after March 1, 2020, through September 30, 2020. This will allow drivers to continue to drive without penalty or incurring late fees. Continue reading “Washington driver licenses extended due to office closures”
Updated 3:30 p.m., May 20, 2020
Do you have questions about what the Governor’s proclamation means for your business? We’ve got answers for the businesses we license.
All non-essential businesses in Washington must stop operations from midnight on March 23, 2020, until 11:59 p.m. on May 31, 2020.
We are opening some licensing service offices to offer appointments for:
- Commercial driver knowledge tests
- First-time Commercial Learners Permits
- Vancouver North
This is the only service provided at these locations.
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.
Governor Inslee has taken action to allow the DOL to temporarily extend the expiration dates of driver licenses.
The DOL will send letters to persons whose driver license expired after March 1, and have not been renewed and to those who will expire through June 30. These card holders expiration date will be extended for an additional 90 days. The new expiration date will show up on your driver record if it is pulled up by law enforcement. You will not receive a new card. Remember you can renew online.
Camp Murray, WA — Gov. Jay Inslee on March 23, 2020, announced a statewide “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order that requires everyone to stay home unless they are pursuing an essential activity such as shopping for groceries, picking up prescription medications or seeking emergency medical care. The order bans all social, spiritual and recreational gatherings and requires all non-essential businesses to close. The order details several categories of essential businesses and workers that can remain operational because they are critical to protecting the health and well-being of all Washingtonians.
On March 18, 2020, Gov. Inslee announced a temporary Moratorium on Evictions for certain residential tenants. Minimizing residential evictions is critical to enable Washingtonians to comply with the Stay Home, Stay Healthy order.
The Department of Licensing (DOL) is temporarily closing all driver licensing lobbies beginning March 31, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. All appointments are being canceled at this time and no appointments will be made going forward.
“The safety and health of both employees and customers is paramount. Sanitation products continue to be difficult to purchase and ensuring appropriate social distancing during in person transactions is difficult” said Teresa Berntsen, Director of the Department of Licensing. “We appreciate patience and understanding as the Department of Licensing does its part to stop the spread of COVID-19.”
Many vehicle and vessel licensing offices (VLOs) are providing services in person, online, and by mail during the COVID-19 pandemic. VLOs handle:
- Vehicle registrations, tabs and license plates.
- Boat registrations and decals.
- Reports of sale.
- Transfer of ownership.
- Trip permits.
- Replacement titles.
- Disabled parking placards or tabs.
The Department of Homeland Security announced Thursday, that they will delay enforcing the REAL ID Act until October 1, 2021. This decision is expected to promote social distancing in the months ahead by reducing the number of people visiting driver licensing offices to obtain compliant identification.
Passed by Congress in 2005 in an effort to strengthen security standards after 9/11, the REAL ID Act had been scheduled to take effect October 1, 2020. Continue reading “REAL ID enforcement postponed due to coronavirus pandemic”
Social distancing measures are key to efforts to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus. With that in mind, the Department of Licensing is urging all eligible residents to go online to renew their Washington state driver license or identification card.
If your document expires within the next year, you can renew online for the next 30 days.
Even if you renewed online last time.
Even if you’re under age 24 or over 70.