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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:

  • Bellingham
  • Bremerton
  • Clarkston
  • Federal Way
  • Kennewick
  • Lacey
  • Lynnwood
  • Moses Lake
  • Parkland
  • Renton
  • Spokane
  • Vancouver North
  • Wenatchee

We urge you to first go online and try to get your licensing needs met. We continue to expand our online services for your convenience.

Most residents, including those under age 24 and over 70, can go online to renew their:

  • Licenses.
  • Identification cards.
  • Vehicle registrations.
  • Instruction permits.

We extended driver licenses and instruction permits expiring March 1 through June 30, 2020 for 180 days. We also extended those expiring July 1 through September 30, 2020 for 90 days.

Services offered by appointment only include:

  • First-time driver license, including knowledge and skills testing (where offered).
  • First-time identification card.
  • Enhanced driver license (EDL) and enhanced ID (EID).
  • Instruction permit.
  • Commercial driver license (CDL) and commercial learner permit (CLP).
  • Agricultural permit, including knowledge and skills testing (where offered).
  • Reinstatement, including knowledge and skills testing (where offered).
  • Occupational restricted license.
  • Driver training school instructor test.

Please keep in mind that the REAL ID enforcement date is now October 1, 2021. There will be plenty of time to get a compliant document, such as an EDL or EID, before then.

When more offices will reopen

We are working to reopen all our 55 driver licensing offices as fast and safe as possible. We are opening them based on factors including:

  • Geographic location.
  • Community access.
  • Volume history.
  • Capacity for safe delivery of service.
  • Weekdays open.
  • Staffing considerations.

We are basing our decision on the health and safety framework put in place as part of our reopening plan, which is already in use in 7 offices. We are confident we can deliver our services safely.

Health and safety precautions

We are using several health and safety practices at driver licensing offices to reduce the risk of corona virus spread. This includes:

  • We will screen our employees for symptoms and wear personal protective equipment (PPE).
  • We encourage you to wear a cloth facial covering your nose and mouth.
  • We will ask you about symptoms and to wash your hands or use sanitizer before entering.
  • We will maintain physical distancing of at least 6 feet.
  • We will install plastic barriers at service counters.
  • There will be 6 feet of distance between chairs in our lobby and 6-foot markers outside the main entrance.
  • Regular sanitizing of high-touch surfaces/areas will take place.
  • If you show signs of illness, we will ask you to leave.
  • We will let you know about requirements before scheduling an appointment.
  • There may be other requirements for skills tests.

How appointments will work

If you don’t need an in-person visit, we ask that you use our online services or call us at 360.902.3900. We will provide more information soon on how to make an appointment through our website.

We appreciate your patience as we work to make our services easier for you to access.

Edited 5 p.m. 6/20/2020: Removed Union Gap from list of opening offices