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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.

Temporary waivers currently allow almost anyone — including people over age 70 and under 24 — to renew their driver license or ID online. If your driver license was recently extended due to the pandemic, please don’t wait to renew. You can renew your license or ID up to a year before it’s set to expire.

We ask residents with non-urgent needs to stay home and stay healthy, if possible. If you must visit an office, be aware that we’re operating at reduced capacity. This allows for social distancing. We continue to observe robust health and safety protocols, including:

  • We screen our employees for symptoms and wear personal protective equipment (PPE).
  • Visitors must wear a cloth facial covering over their mouth and nose. We will ask you about symptoms and to wash your hands or use sanitize before to entering.
  • Maintain physical distancing of at least 6 feet between employees and visitors.
  • We have installed hard plastic barriers at service counters.
  • There is 6 feet of distance between lobby chairs and 6-foot markers outside the main entrance.
  • There is regular sanitizing of high-touch surfaces/areas.
  • Visitors showing signs of illness must leave.
  • We will let you know of requirements before scheduling an appointment.
  • There may be more requirements for skills tests. We will let you know when you schedule your test.

Driver training schools and vehicle licensing offices (VLOs) are also still open. VLOs handle:

  • Vehicle tabs.
  • Boat decals.
  • License plates.
  • Reports of vehicle sale or transfer of ownership.
  • Vehicle/boat registrations.
  • Trip permits.
  • Replacement titles.
  • Disabled parking placards/tabs.
  • And more.

Find your nearest vehicle office on our website.

Businesses and Professions

The new guidelines affect many businesses and activities where safety precautions are difficult. This includes restaurants, gyms, and gathering in homes. Most began at 11:59 p.m. Monday, November 16, and remain in effect until Monday, December 14, if they are not further extended.

New indoor occupancy limits (25%) affect some businesses and professions we license. They include:

  • Cosmetologists.
  • Hairstylists and barbers.
  • Estheticians and nail salons.
  • Tattoo artists.
  • Notaries.
  • Real estate companies.
  • Private security guard companies.

The guidelines prohibit real estate workers from holding open houses. There are new guidelines for funeral services as well. Please read the governor’s official guidance for details.