It’s that time again…you get a notice in the mail and now all you have to do is decide when you have time to renew your driver license. If the mere thought of that task feels a little traumatizing, you’re not alone. But we have good news, times have changed and now by visiting DOL.WA.GOV you can securely renew your license or ID card ONLINE, using your smartphone, tablet, or computer! That means no line, no sacrificed lunch hour and no need to touch up your roots for a new photo.
It’s true that not everyone’s eligible to use our online services every time they need to renew. If you’re a Washington State resident you can only renew online every other time your license or ID expires. But did you know that in the past two years over 40,000 eligible people statewide waited IN-line to renew instead of going ONline? That’s a pretty significant number and it averages out to about 1,700 people per month. If all of those people had renewed online, it would have made the in-office experience faster and more pleasant for the lady who was there for an eye exam, or the guy who just moved from California. So it’s an option worth checking into if your expiration date is coming up.
Here are the details:
Time to Renew! You have 3 options:
- License eXpress
- Online (without a License eXpress account)
- At a driver licensing office. Be prepared to wait in line. See Tips for visiting an office: Driver licensing offices.
Who can’t renew online?
- You’ll need to visit an office if you:
◦Are under 24 or over 70 years old
◦Need to pass the vision screening
◦Need a new photo taken
Not you? Then congratulations, you’re eligible to renew online. You’ll need:
- A device that allows you to access the internet
- Your driver license or ID card number
- Your Social Security number – last 4 digits
- Visa, MasterCard, or American Express
- Email address and/or printer
Will my card have a new photo?
We use the last photo we took. If you want a new photo, you’ll need to visit a driver licensing office.
When will I get my new card?
You should receive it in 2-4 weeks. If you don’t get it within 30 days, please contact us at CustomerCare@dol.wa.gov.
Do I have to download an app?
Help us spread the word to friends, coworkers, family and everyone else on social media. Don’t be shy, if you have a friend or family member who is new to online services or their electronic device, offer to assist them by sharing this video and explaining the process.