DOL makes managing driver and vehicle licenses easier

September 17, 2012
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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

A better way to get a copy of your driver record

January 7, 2010

by Brad Benfield

For the first time ever, drivers in our state can skip the trip to a driver licensing office and buy a copy of their driver record online at the Department of Licensing website instead.

Driving records (technically known as “abstracts of driving records,” or ADRs) show a history of violations, convictions, collisions, and departmental actions incurred by a driver over a period of time. More than 200,000 drivers in Washington purchase copies of their driving records every year. Most need one to provide to a current or prospective employer to maintain or establish eligibility to drive on the job.

 Getting a copy of your driving record online still costs $10, but the report itself has been completely redesigned to make it easier to read and understand. ADRs purchased online are provided in a non-editable Adobe Acrobat format and can be printed immediately on your home computer. They also can be purchased and printed at the many self service stations located within many driver licensing offices around the state.

 There are several versions that can be purchased depending on the reason an individual needs it. A driver can choose to get a complete record that details their entire driving history, or a more limited record specifically designed to meet state requirements related to use for insurance and employment purposes.