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.
January 3, 2013
New specialty license plates featuring the 4-H clover and Washington state flower, the rhododendron, are now available.
Revenue generated from the sale of specialty plates not only goes to the state, but also goes to organizations associated with each plate.
For example, money collected from the sale of the 4-H plate goes toward activities to support the 90,000 Washington boys and girls that participate in 4-H.
And revenue from the state-flower plate generates revenue for garden associations statewide.
Specialty plates cost $40 more than standard plates; renewal costs $30.
Visit the DOL’s website at the links below to learn how to purchase each specialty plate.
State Flower plates
October 22, 2012
In one month, thousands of Washington residents have already signed-up for the convenience of the state’s new License Express website.
On September 17, the Department of Licensing announced that License Express is a website where residents can securely manage their driver license, ID card, cars, motorcycles, watercraft and trailers.
That’s right, all in one place!
As of October 19, the total number of people who’ve signed-up for the site is 7,988.
To learn more about License Express, check-out the video tour.
Want to join now? Here’s our direct link to the sign-up page.
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.)
September 17, 2012
OLYMPIA—The Department of Licensing introduced a fast, easy way to manage your driver license and all of your vehicle, trailer and boat licenses in one secure online service called License Express.
This new service allows people to take care of all of the most common DOL license transactions like renewals and address changes. It also makes it easy to take care of many less common tasks like ordering a duplicate driver license or ID card, signing up for email renewal reminders, ordering copies of your driving record and report the sale of vehicles or boats.
“It’s no secret our customers typically dread a trip to a local driver licensing office to wait for service,” Licensing Director Alan Haight said. “License Express is like having a DOL office at home.”
License Express ties together DOL’s most popular online services that, individually, have been used more than 2.5 million times by customers wanting to skip a trip to an office. DOL plans to keep improving this new service over time and adding more features to make it even more useful and save DOL customers more time.
License Express takes advantage of a highly secure login process through the state’s Secure Access Washington service to safeguard personal information.
DOL customers can learn more about this new service and sign up at the DOL website at dol.wa.gov.
February 24, 2011
A legislative proposal to encourage the use of email renewal reminders for our state’s cars and trucks to save the state $3.8 million per year is getting a lot of attention in the media. Under this proposal, vehicle owners would be given the options of signing up for free email renewal reminders, paying an additional fee to continue receiving traditional paper vehicle renewal notices, or skipping renewal notices altogether.
Informal online polls and reader comments on news websites indicate many people think the time is right for switching to email renewal notices. The good news is that DOL already offers email renewal reminders. The benefits to signing up for them go well beyond cost savings, and more than 300,000 people have already signed up.
Email renewal notices have a link to DOL’s popular online vehicle tab renewal system. You can open your reminder, click the link, and have your new tabs on their way to your home in a matter of minutes. This means no more writing checks or driving across town. Email renewal reminders also are much more environmentally friendly than the paper notices.
You can sign up all your vehicles (and boats) right now at the DOL website.
December 7, 2010
The Department of Licensing (DOL) is offering vehicle and boat owners the opportunity to receive vehicle and boat renewal notices sent by email instead of through the mail.
Email renewal notices provide all of the information of a traditional paper renewal notice and also feature a link to DOL’s online renewal systems. Using this link, owners can have new tabs ordered and on their way within minutes of receiving the notice.
This is especially important for the owners of boats and other types of watercraft because funding for these types of paper renewal notices has been eliminated due to state budget cuts. Email renewal notices are the only renewal reminder option for boats and watercraft.
“We hope people embrace email renewal notices and sign up quickly because they really are a win for everybody,” DOL Director Liz Luce said. “They streamline the tab renewals, save trees and save the state money at a time we need to find ways to cut back.”
Vehicle and boat owners can sign up any time for email renewal notices through the agency’s website at www.dol.wa.gov.