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More extensions for driver licenses & instruction permits

Updated 1:30 p.m., December 10, 2020

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 – December 31, 2020. 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 – June 30, 2020 for 270 days past the date printed on the card.
  • We extended licenses and instruction permits expiring July 1 – September 30, 2020 for 180 days past 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.

We aren’t issuing new cards showing the new expiration date. The new expiration date will show up if a law enforcement office checks its status.

You don’t need to wait until your extension is up to renew. Please renew online as soon as possible. Almost everyone with a license or permit is currently eligible for online renewal.

Our driver licensing offices operating by appointment only. If you can’t renew online, consider scheduling an appointment soon. It can take 30 days or more to get into your local office.

Drivers or businesses needing to validate an expiration date can check the status of a license.