OLYMPIA – Changes to the laws governing special parking privileges for persons with disabilities will take effect July 1 and are aimed at reducing the number of people who abuse disabled parking permits.
The process of getting a suspended license reinstated can seem daunting. For many, it’s a labyrinth of trying to figure-out which courts and/or agencies must be contacted in order to clear-up unresolved cases.
But now, the Department of Licensing is offering a fast and simple solution people can use to piece all of that information together.
“We want to make it as quick and easy as possible for them to get their license back,” said DOL spokesperson Brad Benfield.
After the user enters some basic information, the online app provides a specific list of what that person must do to get his or her license reinstated.
“What we’re finding is that people are able to go online, use the reinstatements program, and systematically work their way through all of the issues that they need to work through to get their license back. And as they continue to check in on it, those things that they’ve taken care of come off the list until the day when they find out that they’re actually eligible for reinstatement,” Benfield said.
That’s a huge departure from the common scenarios that’ve played-out for years: people using their valuable time to go to a DOL office or calling the agency as they attempt to figure-out how to get their license reinstated.
Now, all of that information is at a person’s fingertips. You might say the app puts you at the front of the line.
And it’s free.
Believe it or not, there are companies who charge to provide you with this same information.
Benfield also has this heads-up for people who’ve only recently learned that their license will be suspended.
“Until that license is actually suspended, they’re not going to be able to use this system because it provides a snapshot of what’s going on with their record on any given day. If their license hasn’t been suspended yet, (the app’s) not yet going to reflect that. “
The DOL recently produced a video about the app and posted it to its YouTube channel.
YouTube video: http://youtu.be/LidYMIP6v0c
(Updated July 20 at 10:36am, PST)
DOL is adapting to surges in demand for Enhanced Driver Licenses, and demand remains high after the June 1 WHTI deadline. So far, nearly 80-thousand Washingtonians are enjoying the convenience EDL offers to land and sea border travelers.
To help get more customers served, the busiest DOL offices that issue Enhanced Driver Licenses have been pre-screening EDL applicants waiting outside beginning at 7:15 am. The are 9 offices that issue EDL’s that are conducting pre-screening activities prior to the office opening. They are Kennewick, Lacey, Mt Vernon, Parkland, Renton, Seattle West, Smokey Point, Spokane, Wenatchee. Pre-screening times vary from office to office, see specific start times below.
Outside prescreening begins at 8 am in:
Outside prescreening begins at 7:45 am in:
- Smokey Point
- Mt Vernon
Outside prescreening begins at 7:15 in:
- West Seattle
There is no early prescreening in North Vancouver because volumes there remain reasonable.
EDLs remain available by appointment only in Bothell, Seattle Downtown, Port Angeles, and Bellingham (Bellingham will accept walk in EDL applicants beginning July 28, 2009).
As a reminder: You must bring proof of identity, U.S. citizenship, and WA residency to apply for EDL. Please visit dol.wa.gov for a list of acceptable documents, and remember to BRING ORIGINALS. No EDL applications will be accepted after 2pm on weekdays or noon on Saturdays.
Summer is typically the busiest time of year in Licensing Service Offices, so come early and come prepared. Also, you can do many DOL services online, so log onto dol.wa.gov to see if you can skip the trip!