It’s time to renew: 2012 boat decals expire June 30

June 13, 2012

Summer boating is right around the corner, and so is the deadline for renewing boat and watercraft registration decals. In Washington state, all boat registrations expire on June 30.

Don’t let an expired registration spoil your day; remember to renew before you get out on the water.

Boat registrations can be renewed online at the DOL website or in person at a neighborhood vehicle licensing office. Those who choose to renew at an office should make sure to note the registration number on the bow of the boat or watercraft and take that information to the office. 

Due to budget cuts, DOL discontinued paper renewal notices for boats in 2010 and instead offered boat owners the opportunity to sign up to receive email renewal reminders. It’s too late to sign up for an email renewal reminder for this year, but boat owners can sign up online at to receive renewal reminders by email in the future.

Cosmetology Advisory Board has opening for public position

June 11, 2012


The Department of Licensing is looking for a public member to join our Cosmetology, Barber, Manicuring and Esthetician Advisory Board.

What does the advisory board do?
The advisory board makes recommendations to the Department on the laws and rules governing cosmetology, barbering, manicuring, estheticians and industry schools.  We need a public member to give us opinions and information from the consumer’s point of view.  

Who is eligible to fill this position?
We are looking for a consumer who is not affiliated with the cosmetology industry.  This means you cannot be any of the following:

  • A licensee
  • A student
  • An instructor
  • A shop owner
  • A school owner

Is this a paid position?
Yes, board members are paid up to $50 per day for board meetings.  We do not use general funds for our program, so travel and lodging expenses are reimbursed at state rates.

What kind of commitment is this?

  • Board members are appointed for a period of three years 
  • Regular meetings are scheduled on a quarterly basis – usually on a Monday
  • Other meetings may be scheduled as needed

Are you interested?
Great!  Please visit the following link to our webpage to access the application and to get more information about the board:

DOL expands use of facial recognition system to fight fraud

June 7, 2012
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The Department of Licensing (DOL) is starting to use a facial recognition matching system as part of our ongoing efforts to prevent individuals from obtaining multiple driver licenses or ID cards or attempting to obtain a license or ID in the name of another Washington resident. DOL is committed to doing everything we can to protect the identities of Washington residents.

DOL has used facial recognition as part of the Enhanced Driver License program since 2008 and in our regular driver license and ID card processes during the pilot program from November 2009 through June 2011.

How does facial recognition system work?
Using your regular driver license or ID card photo, the system uses sophisticated mathematics to create a digital template of facial features that aren’t easy to alter, such as eye sockets, cheekbones and sides of the mouth.

Before a new license is issued, the system compares the template it creates to with all of the templates already in our database to determine if someone is attempting to apply for a license using a name other than their own. When potential conflicts are detected, the system flags them for review by specially trained DOL staff.

DOL’s facial recognition system is designed to be an accurate, non-obtrusive fraud detection tool. When staff investigators confirm an individual may have more than one identity in our system, DOL offers the individual an opportunity to explain. A hearing is offered before any administrative action to suspend or cancel a license or ID card is taken.

Facial recognition templates are not shared
We do not share the use of the system with law enforcement or the other agencies without a court order and do not release facial recognition system results. However, when our efforts find probable fraud or identity theft we inform appropriate partner agencies who can investigate for identity-based crime or entitlement fraud.