How To Replace Your Washington Drivers License

If your Washington drivers license has been lost, stolen or destroyed, you'll need to get it replaced immediately. 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.

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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.

Replacing Your Washington Drivers License

You have several options to replace your license. Read below to see what method is best for you.


You can replace your license or permit online if:

  • You have a valid, unexpired driver license or permit
  • Your Social Security number is on-file with DOL
  • Your current address is on file; if not, you can change your address online.
  • You’re at least 18 years old

You cannot replace your Washington drivers license online if:

  • You’ve done so within the last 12 months
  • You moved out of state
  • You changed your name from what’s printed on your license
  • You have outstanding tickets or infractions on your licence

In Person

When replacing your license at a DOL location, you will need to bring the following:

  • Social Security number
  • Proof of identity
  • Proof of residence
  • $20 fee for replacement fee

To find out what additional documents you will need to replace your drivers license, visit the Washington State drivers license website.

When going to the DOL, consider going in the morning to avoid crowds or call ahead to see what the estimated wait times are going to be. 

By Mail

You can only do this if you’re going to be out of state for 30 days.

Send your request for a replacement to:

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

Once you have satisfied all of the requirements for replacing your drivers license, you should receive your replacement within 10 business days.

What is an Adult Drivers License?

In some states, the layout of your drivers license may change when you reach a certain age. It is possible for your license to switch from a vertical design to a horizontal card once you turn 21. You may want to seek out a duplicate or replacement adult drivers license when you reach the age of 21.

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