November 4, 2013
The Department of Licensing recently sent notifications by mail to about 60,000 individuals with commercial driver licenses to let them know the deadline is approaching to complete and submit the required form to self-certify the type of commercial driving they do.
All CDL holders are required to submit a self-certification form to DOL before January 30, 2014. Failure to do so will result in losing their CDL and the driver will be required to get a driver license without the CDL endorsement. A self-certification form can be completed by visiting any DOL driver licensing office.
This self-certification is required to help ensure state and federal transportation agencies know who is required to keep current medical certificates on file with DOL. This includes all CDL holders who drive commercial vehicles in connection with interstate commerce.
Drivers that operate entirely within Washington state and don’t drive in connection with interstate commerce (intrastate drivers) are still required to self-certify, but are not required to keep their medical certificates on file with DOL.
DOL began notifying commercial drivers about this requirement in 2011. More information is available on the Department of Licensing website.
As of October 5, 2013, there are 194,743 individuals with CDL endorsements on their driver license. These endorsements break down as follows:
- Class A: 137,681
- Class B: 52,883
- Class C: 4,179
October 4, 2013
Personalized license plate fees for both new plates and renewals were increased by $10 this year for vehicles with tabs that expire on or after Oct. 1, 2013.
The additional $10 will be deposited in the state Wildlife Account used by the Department of Fish and Wildlife to support programs focused on the study, protection and enhancement of wildlife species that are not hunted, fished or trapped. Often referred to as “nongame wildlife,” these species represent most of the endangered and non-endangered animals in our state.
Individuals with personalized license plates due for renewal on or after October 1st will now pay $42 per year in addition to all other annual registrations fees. The fee for new personalized plates was increased to $52.
There are currently about 85,000 vehicles in our state with personalized license plates. To learn more about personalized plates, visit dol.wa.gov.
September 12, 2013
DOL recently introduced two new online services that will save our customers time. The first, our Online Driver License Pre-Application, allows individuals seeking their first Washington State driver license or ID card to start the process online to save themselves time in our offices. When they do visit a driver license office, our staff simply verifies the information provided while validating their identity documents.
The second new online application is designed for teens with an instruction (learner’s) permit. After they successfully complete the required traffic safety course and driver testing at a licensed driver training school, they can go online to finalize their driver license and pay the required licensing fees without another visit to a driver licensing office. After completing the simple online process, their new license is mailed to them, saving them the second visit to a driver license office.
May 31, 2013
OLYMPIA — Before getting the tattoo you’ve always dreamed about, the Department of Licensing recommends you choose a tattoo artist and shop carefully so you don’t leave with more than just a work of body art.
“Getting a tattoo can be a great experience if the tattoo artist is properly licensed and following all of the safety and sanitation rules,” said Teresa Berntsen, Deputy Director of the Department of Licensing.
State law requires all tattoo shops and artists to be licensed. Tattoo shops must follow very strict safety and sanitation rules to protect customers from the spread of disease and infection, and are subject to inspection every two years, or upon receipt of a consumer complaint. Tattoo artists must be at least 18 years old, and have a current blood borne pathogens certificate.
It’s important to remember tattooing presents a potential for infections and allergic reactions. Berntsen recommends customers take a few common sense precautions:
- Look at shop owner and tattoo artist licenses to make sure they are current.
- Check the shop for overall cleanliness. Make sure that work surfaces, equipment, and towels are clean.
- Feel free to question the shop owner and tattoo artist about their sanitation and safety procedures.
- Make sure that items such as needles, stencils, pigments, dyes, razors and products used to control blood flow are only used once and disposed of properly. Some equipment may be re-used if the parlor follows proper sanitizing and sterilizing procedures.
- Make sure the artist properly covers equipment that might come in contact with the customer, including tattoo machines and electrical cords.
- Be sure the artist washes their hands and wears gloves throughout the tattoo application.
- Do not get a tattoo in someone’s kitchen or living room. The shop should have an outside entrance separate from any rooms used for sleeping or residential purposes.
- Do your homework when choosing your artist. Every artist has their own style so be sure to choose the artist who will give you the tattoo you want.
If you have concerns about whether or not a tattoo shop or artist is licensed, go to the department’s website at http://www.dol.wa.gov/business/checkstatus.html. Consumers can file a complaint by calling (360) 664-6660.
The Department of Licensing has produced a new video titled, Tattoo Safety. It appears below.