How To Renew Your Washington Drivers License

Need to renew your Washington drivers license? We've collected helpful information that will save you some time, and we offer links to resources that will 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.




Renewing Your Washington Drivers License

Drivers have the option to renew online, by mail or in person. In general, you'll need the following documents to renew your license:

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

This link will help you find out all the documents that are acceptable for renewing a driver’s license in Washington.
http://www.dol.wa.gov/driverslicense/idproof.html.

Read more below about the different ways to renew your Washington drivers license.

Online

  • You must be at least 24 years old to renew online.
  • When you’re done renewing online, print the receipt to use as a temporary license. It will allow you to drive legally, but can't be used for photo ID since it doesn't include your photo or signature.
  • Your new license will show the last photo the DOL office took of you.

By Mail

Once it gets close to your renewal, you'll receive a notice in the mail. When mailing in your renewal information, be sure to send:

  • The payment coupon (comes with the renewal notice)
  • Check or money order for $45 fee

Mail the appropriate forms and fees to the following address:

Department of Licensing
Driver Responsibility Technical Reporting
P.O. Box 9048
Olympia, WA
98507-9048

In Person

To renew your license in person, you must pass a vision screening, and may be asked to take other exams to determine if you can safely operate a vehicle.

 

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