DOL welcomes public comment on the Disability Parking Study

August 6, 2013

dis-1The Legislature asked the Department of Licensing to create a workgroup to examine the use of disabled parking placards and special license plates for persons with disabilities, and develop a strategic plan for ending any abuse.

The workgroup is made up of representatives from DOL, Department of Health, City of Seattle, Governor’s Committee on Disability Issues and Employment, and Arc of Washington.

The workgroup has been meeting since June to research and review data to determine where potential abuse may be, develop measures to reduce fraudulent use and issuance, and suggest ways to strengthen administrative processes, while minimizing the impact to individuals who really need these privileges.

The deadline for public comments is October 15, 2013.

The workgroup will report its findings—and a strategic plan on ideas to potentially reduce abuse—to the Legislature by December 1, 2013.

The public may share ideas with the workgroup by sending an email to:


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.