Holiday and temporary layoff day mean office closures

December 20, 2010

Because of state budget reductions, DOL offices will be closed on Monday, Dec. 27, as employees take a required temporary layoff day. Because this temporary layoff day directly follows a state holiday, all driver licensing offices will be closed Friday, Dec. 24, through Monday, Dec. 27. Offices will reopen on Tuesday, Dec. 28.

The agency is advising individuals who need driver license services to try to take advantage of online service options. Office volumes are typically higher after holidays and temporary layoff days. With a holiday and layoff day back-to-back, wait times could be significant at some offices during the week following Christmas.

DOL customers can check the DOL website to see if they can renew or replace a driver license or ID card, obtain a copy of their driving record, and renew their vehicle tabs from their own computer.

The temporary layoff days do not affect county or private vehicle licensing offices.  A list of vehicle licensing offices is available on the department’s website.


Email renewal notices saving time and money

December 7, 2010

The Department of Licensing (DOL) is offering vehicle and boat owners the opportunity to receive vehicle and boat renewal notices sent by email instead of through the mail.

Email renewal notices provide all of the information of a traditional paper renewal notice and also feature a link to DOL’s online renewal systems. Using this link, owners can have new tabs ordered and on their way within minutes of receiving the notice.

This is especially important for the owners of boats and other types of watercraft because funding for these types of paper renewal notices has been eliminated due to state budget cuts. Email renewal notices are the only renewal reminder option for boats and watercraft.   

“We hope people embrace email renewal notices and sign up quickly because they really are a win for everybody,” DOL Director Liz Luce said. “They streamline the tab renewals, save trees and save the state money at a time we need to find ways to cut back.”    

Vehicle and boat owners can sign up any time for email renewal notices through the agency’s website at www.dol.wa.gov.


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