February 6, 2014
Beginning February 10, all new driver license applicants will receive a license that’s valid for six years, as the Department of Licensing starts transitioning from a five-year to a six-year driver license.
New driver license applicants include individuals applying for their first license and those who are transferring their licenses from another state.
The per-year cost for a driver license will remain at $9 per year, but new applicants will pay for the additional year, which changes the fee from $45 to $54, not including the $35 application fee.
Adding a new motorcycle endorsement for up to six years will cost $2 per year.
Washingtonians who are obtaining their first Washington state ID cards will also be issued a card valid for six years beginning on February 10, at a cost of $54, or $9 per year.
Those renewing a current Washington driver licenses or ID cards will start transitioning to a six-year renewal period later this year.
In 2012, the Washington State Legislature authorized extending driver’s license terms from five to six years to improve customer service by reducing customer volumes and wait times in driver license offices.
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 1, 2012
OLYMPIA — Several fees related to driver and vehicle licensing charged by the Department of Licensing increased today.
These fee increases, passed by the 2012 State Legislature, are required to continue to fund the operation and maintenance of the roads, streets, bridges, ferries, transit systems, and other services that make up our vital transportation system.
(Please click image below for larger view of fees.)
August 31, 2011
The Department of Licensing is updating the driving test taken by about 10,000 people each year seeking a commercial driver license (CDL) in Washington.
Starting on September 1, the test will require drivers to complete a third backing-up exercise. Along with this, the test’s scoring system is being updated to expand a tester’s ability to evaluate the driver’s performance during the road test. New testing procedures that will better measure a commercial driver’s ability to perform a commercial vehicle inspection will be adopted in 2012.
These changes, developed by the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators and endorsed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, will bring Washington in line with national CDL knowledge and skills testing standards. The new testing procedures have been added to DOL’s Commercial Driver Guide and more information about the changes also is posted on the Department of Licensing website.
November 1, 2010
Starting November 1, military personnel with specialized truck driver training will have an easier time getting a commercial driver license (CDL) here at home through a new Military Training Certification Process.
This new program allows Washington Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) to verify an individual CDL applicant has the required minimum commercial motor vehicle driver training requirements provided and documented by a military service, allowing them to get into the workforce faster.
Here’s how it works:
WDVA staff will assess the training a military member or veteran received in the military and verify whether it meets the required minimum commercial motor vehicle driver training requirements in Washington State. Once verification is made, a Commercial Drivers Military Training Certificate is provided.
Military member and veteran applicants must still take the commercial driver knowledge and skills tests and pay all basic license and commercial drivers license fees in order to be issued a CDL.
Veterans have one year following their release from the military to take advantage of this new program.
In the past, veterans were required to attend commercial drivers training programs that covered skills they had used for years in the military. Now, the transition from a military job to a civilian one will require one less step due to the work of WDVA, the Department of Licensing, Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce, Army Reserve Employer Relations, Washington Trucking Association, Teamsters Union and the Washington Defense Partnership.
For additional information about this new program, contact WDVA at 1-800-562-2308 or contact Ric Price at Ricp@dva.wa.gov