Obtaining A New Washington Drivers License

Applying for a new drivers license in Washington? We offer links to resources that will save you time and get you going in the right direction. Select from the options below to get started.

1: Get Started with Online Application Assistance

Application assistance services can simplify the process for many DOL related services for a fee, including: renewing your license, applying for a license, registering a vehicle, replacing your license, changing your address and more. Other benefits include an ongoing monthly newsletter and a quarterly magazine covering important updates that affect drivers, important safety tips, trends, legislative updates and ways to save money on vehicle-related services.

2: By mail

Some drivers prefer to handle the renewal process by mail, rather than taking advantage of assistance services, visiting the DOL in person, or via available online services. Service by mail is available with limitations. Read below for additional details or visit your local DOL.

3: Via a DOL office

If your specific needs require an in-person visit, most, if not all, driver license services can be handled at your local DOL office. Varying DOL offices sometimes supply different types of services so you will need to check before your visit to make sure the DOL closest to you provides the service you require. In addition, you can call to see if your DOL allows you to make a personal appointment.




In order to legally drive in the state of Washington, you will need to get a valid drivers license. You will need to visit the DOL with several documents and ready to successfully complete a written and driving exam. This comprehensive Easy Guide has detailed information, including a customized checklist and application information, or read below to learn more. 

Obtaining a New License

To get a new license if you are between the ages of 16-18, you must:

  • Pass a traffic safety course.
  • Hold an instruction permit for at least six months
  • Have at least 50 hours of driving practice (including 10 hours at night) with someone who’s been licensed for at least five years
  • Have parental consent
  • Pay $35 fee
  • Take knowledge test
  • Take vision test
  • Take road test

If you are over 18, you must:

You can save time and pre-apply online. When you arrive at a DOL location, you will need to bring the following documents: 

  • Social Security number
  • Proof of identity
  • Proof of residence

A full list of documents is available at: http://www.dol.wa.gov/driverslicense/idproof.html. You will then have to:

  • Pass a vision test
  • Pass a knowledge test
  • Pass a driving test
  • Pay $35 fee

Are You Moving to a Different State?

If you are moving to another state, you might also want to consider acquiring a new drivers license. For more information on that process, click here.

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