Have you tried online? It’s your first option for licensing services


Go to dol.wa.govThe coronavirus pandemic forced Washington residents to develop scores of new habits. What’s one more?

If you’re used to visiting a driver licensing office for your service needs, it’s time to try something different: online services.

These days, the only way to get into a Department of Licensing office is with an appointment. But with social distancing and other safety measures limiting our capacity, appointments fill quickly.

To ensure residents with urgent needs — think identification for meds or employment, not an enhanced upgrade — can get an appointment, we’re asking those with non-urgent requests to go online, hold off, or find another way until the health emergency is over.

REAL ID is a great example. The new federal law related to air travel ID won’t be enforced until Oct. 1, 2021, a year later than planned. Perhaps you hoped to get an enhanced driver license (EDL) or enhanced ID (EID) in order to fly once it goes into effect. An in-person office visit is required to get either. But you have many other options, some of which may be easier to get right now than an EDL or EID. You might even already have what you’ll need.

Although you may not be able to upgrade your standard license or ID for a while, you don’t have to worry about paying more when it happens. If you renew online now and upgrade later, you’ll pay only the difference in cost ($4 a year for the remainder of your renewal cycle).

You may have also heard about recent extensions. If your driver license or instruction permit expired March 1 through June 30, 2020, it’s been extended 180 days. If it expired July 1 through Sept. 30, 2020, it’s been extended 90 days. But there’s no need to wait to renew. You can renew now.

Of course, renewals aren’t the only service you can get online. Dozens of others are available wherever you are, as long as you have internet access.

Please try online before trying to make an appointment. Thank you.

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