DOL tacks on extensions for driver licenses, instruction permits


Extensions for driver licenses and instruction permitsDue to the ongoing pandemic and limited capacity at driver licensing offices, the Department of Licensing (DOL) is continuing to extend the expiration dates of valid Washington state driver licenses and standard instruction permits.

Automatic extensions apply to driver licenses and learner permits expiring March 1 through Dec. 31, 2020. This gives licensed drivers extra time to renew online or schedule an appointment for in-person service, if required, without incurring penalties or late fees. Permit holders can continue to practice driving.

  • Licenses and instruction permits expiring March 1 through June 30, 2020 are now extended for a total of 270 days past the date printed on the card.
  • Licenses and instruction permits expiring July 1 through Sept. 30, 2020 are now extended for a total of 180 days past the date printed on the card.
  • Licenses and instruction permits expiring Oct. 1 through Dec. 31, 2020 are now extended 90 days past the date printed on the card.

Identification cards and motorcycle instruction permits are not extended.

New cards showing the new expiration date will not be issued. The new expiration date will automatically show up in the system if a law enforcement officer checks its status.

You do not need to wait until your extension is up to renew. Please renew as soon as possible, ideally online. Almost everyone with a license or permit is currently eligible for online renewal.

With driver licensing offices operating by appointment only, people who cannot renew online should consider scheduling an appointment soon. It can take 30 days or more to get into your local office.

Drivers or businesses needing to validate an expiration date can do so on the DOL website.

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