Washington Frequently Asked Questions

Am I required to take a motorcycle training course?
No, you are not. Riders have the option of enrolling in an approved rider training course, and taking the knowledge and written exams during this time, or simply taking the written and road skills tests by themselves.

For more information: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in Washington

Am I required to wear a helmet while riding a motorcycle?
Yes, you must always wear a helmet. In addition, riders with a motorcycle license are not allowed to wear novelty helmets. All helmets must by certified by the Washington Department of Transportation (DOT) and feature the DOT sticker on both the outside and inside of the helmet.

For more information: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in Washington

Are there times I won’t be allowed to renew registration?
Yes. There are a few instances in which a driver will not be allowed to renew car registration in Washington. They are as follows:

  • You have unpaid tickets on your driving record.
  • You have unpaid late fees.
  • You have not passed an emissions test, if required by your WA county

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in Washington

Can I have different addresses on my driver license and my vehicle registration?
The Washington Department of Licensing highly recommends that all drivers have the same information on their driving documents, including their WA drivers license, car registration and vehicle title. However, while an address change is required of all individuals who move, it is not necessary to purchase a new license, as your DOL online profile has already been updated.

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in Washington

Can I keep the car insurance I have from my previous state of residence?
No. Washington residents must get car insurance in Washington.

For more information: How To: Save on Washington Auto Insurance

Can I renew my commercial drivers license online?
No, you may not. The WA Department of Licensing requires all commercial drivers to apply for a renewed CDL license in person at a local licensing office. Once here, drivers will be asked to take a new medical exam (if necessary) and provide any updated information, such as their home address. Furthermore, if the driver is applying for a new endorsement, they will also be required to pass an additional knowledge exam.

Can I request a certified driver’s record online?
Yes. Residents of Washington State can take just a few minutes to order their personal driving records online, or those of their employees. However, when requesting the record of another person that is not an employee, you must apply by mail. The address is as follows:

Driver Records Department of Licensing PO Box 3907 Seattle, WA 98124-3907

For more information: Your Washington Driving Record

Can I take the DMV written test online?
No. The Washington Department of Licensing requires that all driving permit applicants take the written knowledge exam in person. The test can be taken at a testing location or a driver training school classroom. If you choose to take the exam at the training school, be sure to find out the amount of their additional examination fee.

For more information: Learner’s Permits for Beginner Drivers in Washington

Can I use my state CDL anywhere in the United States?
For personal reasons, a driver can operate a motor vehicle anywhere inside the United States, as long as they have a drivers license. However, to be able to operate a commercial vehicle anywhere in the US, one must possess an interstate Washington CDL license. This document allows drivers to drive between states, whereas the intrastate credential only gives them the ability to drive professionally in one area.

For more information: Washington Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Application

Can somebody else renew my registration for me?
In Washington, someone else can apply for car registration renewal on your behalf. The designated party must have the information needed to complete the car registration renewal process, such as your full name, license plate number, driver’s license number and car registration certification. He or she must have the same last name and live in the same address as the owner of the vehicle does. Another option is to provide written consent to your designated party.

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in Washington

Do boats need to be registered?
The WA Department of Licensing requires that you register and title your boat within 60 days of moving to the state of Washington or within 15 days of the boat purchase, if you are already a resident.

For information: How to Register a Boat or Water Craft in Washington

Do I need a motorcycle license to ride a scooter or moped?
Yes, you do. The only exception to the rule is if your two-wheel motorcycle or scooter is 50cc or smaller and has a maximum speed of 30 mph. In the event your scooter or moped exceeds either or both of these stipulations, then you must get a two-wheel motorcycle endorsement in Washington. On the other hand, if your two-wheel motorcycle or scooter comes with a stabilizing conversion kit installed, then you must apply for a three-wheel motorcycle endorsement.

For more information: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in Washington

Do I need to attend traffic school if I get a speeding ticket?
The state of Washington does not allow drivers to dismiss WA traffic ticket fines. They may only defer these citations to stop them from going on their driving record if they take a defensive driving course. This can only be done if the offense was a minor moving violation and if the driver has no other pending citations. Enrollment is not mandatory, unless a court mandates it.

For more information: Traffic Tickets and Violations in Washington

Do I need to cancel my insurance if I am moving to another state?
Yes. Residents of a state are required to have insurance for their vehicle in their active state of residence. Thus, previous car insurance policies should be canceled and a new one must be purchased when moving to another state.

For more information: How To: Save on Washington Auto Insurance

Do I need to file a police report if my license was lost or stolen?
No, you do not. The Department of Licensing does not require that a police report be filed for a lost or stolen drivers license in Washington. Additionally, they will not put a flag on your record or cancel your credentials until fraudulent activity is detected or you apply for a new license.

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Washington Driver’s License or ID Card

Do I need to file a police report if my registration was lost or stolen?
No. The Washington Department of Licensing does not require drivers to report a lost or stolen car registration. This is because the DOL will not put a flag on your record until fraudulent activity is actually detected. Only after they see fraudulent activity can a cancellation of credentials be requested.

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in Washington

Do I need to return my license plate if I move out of the state?
Movers are not always required to return license plates to the state DOL. This is only necessary if your plates fell into one of the following categories:

  • Personalized
  • Disabled parking
  • Commercial vehicle
  • Baseball stadium
  • Collector
  • Horseless carriage
  • Gold Star
  • Pearl Harbor Survivor
  • Medal of Honor
  • Purple Heart
  • Disabled American Veteran
  • Amateur Radio Operator (HAM)

If you did not own one of the above plates, you can choose to take them to a local licensing office, mail them in, remove/invalidate the month and year tabs and dispose of the plates, or remove/invalidate the month and year tabs and keep them.

For more information: How to Register a Vehicle in Washington

Do I need to take a drivers ed course?
Only drivers under the age of 15½ (15 at the minimum) are required to enroll indrivers ed in order to apply for a WA learners permit. Applicants who are 15½ to 17 years of age may simply take the written knowledge test and provide a parent s signature on their permit application. Drivers who are 18 or older only have to pass the written test.

For more information: Learner’s Permits for Beginner Drivers in Washington

Do I need to turn in my damaged car title?
The Department of Licensing recommends that all damaged vehicle titles be turned in when a driver is replacing car title documents. Doing so prevents the possible of the document falling into the wrong hands, as the DOL will dispose of the original and invalid title properly.

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Washington

Do I need to turn in my damaged registration?
If your vehicle registration was not lost, stolen or destroyed but simply damaged, then the Department of Licensing does recommend that you turn in the certificate. The duplicate car registration will render the previous certificate invalid, but it should be disposed of properly to avoid the theft of personal

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in Washington

Does a motorized scooter need to be registered?
The WA DOL considers motorized scooters to be mopeds, and mopeds must be registered in the state of Washington within 15 days of their purchase, if bought from a private seller. During the vehicle registration process, the buyer must provide the signed-over car title and pay for the registration fees and taxes. On the other hand, if you have purchased a new scooter from a dealership, the dealer will take care of titling and registration for you.

For more information: How to Register a Vehicle in Washington

Does my vehicle qualify for a smog inspection?
In order to register car documentation in the state of Washington, vehicle owners are required to pass a smog inspection. They have 30 days to accomplish both of these tasks once they move to Washington, and every two years after car registration, they will be required to pass another emissions test. Fortunately, the renewal notice that you receive in the mail will tell whether or not an inspection is necessary.

For more information: How to Register a Vehicle in Washington

How can I avoid a license suspension if I choose not to insure my vehicle?
Car insurance is mandatory in the state of Washington. If you do not plan on purchasing auto coverage, then you should surrender your vehicle registration and license plates in order to avoid a suspension of your license.

For more information: How To: Save on Washington Auto Insurance

How can I get a veteran designation on my ID card?
Currently, the state of Washington does not provide an option for adding a veteran designation to identification cards. However, legislation has been approved, which will allow for this designation to be put on credentials in the year 2017.

For more information: How to apply for a Washington Identification Card

How can I obtain a copy of the driver manual?
The Washington Department of Licensing recognizes the importance of spreading the word on road regulations. Thus, they have made their Washington Driver Guide easily accessible for those studying to become first time drivers. To access the drivers license guide, click here.

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver’s License in Washington

How can I pay for my traffic or parking ticket?
The options available to pay traffic tickets in Washington will vary depending on where you received the citation. Depending on the county where the ticket was issued, you may be able to pay the bill online, by phone, by mail or in person at the court.

For more information: Traffic Tickets and Violations in Washington

How can I renew my drivers license?
There are three ways to renew drivers license documents in Washington:

  • Online
  • By mail
  • In person

Online

Drivers between the ages of 24 and 70 years old can renew online through License eXpress. The digital system will ask applicants to provide:

  • An active email address.
  • Credit card information for drivers license renewal fee.
  • The last four digits of your Social Security Number.
  • Your Washington drivers license number.

By Mail

If you are out-of-state and are not eligible to renew online, fill out the Driver License Renewal Request While Out-of-State form and submit it to a DOL office, along with payment, to renew. On the other hand, those residents who are in state and received a renewal letter simply have to follow the instructions included in the notice.

In Person

The final option for renewing drivers license credentials is to visit a local driver licensing office. Drivers who choose this method must provide their current license to drive in WA, pass a vision test, have a new photo taken and pay the applicable renewal fee in order to complete the transaction.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in Washington

How can I renew my vehicle registration?
Washington residents have three options for renewing car registration. They can do so online, by mail or in person.

Online

As long as you have completed an emissions test, have your current address on file with the DOL and your current registration has not been expired for 12 months or more, you can renew online. To do so, simply log on to the Department of Licensing website and provide the following information:

  • Your license plate number
  • Your last name or the last four digits of your Social Security Number.
  • Your drivers license number, along with the number of other owners of the vehicle.
  • Credit card information for the fee.

Once that is complete, simply decide how you would like to receive your renewed registration stickers and certificate: by mail or in person for pickup.

In Person

To renew car registration in person, visit your local Department of Licensing office with the following:

  • Proof of emissions testing
  • Proof of ID
  • Current WA car registration or renewal notice
  • Proof of Washington residence
  • Payment for the renewal fee (which varies based on weight and type of vehicle, county and more)

When renewing in person, the new certificate and plate stickers will be issued before you leave.

By Mail

Drivers can renew by mail if they received a Washington car registration renewal notice. If you did, verify the accuracy of the information on the notice, enclose payment for the renewal fee (check or money order), provide proof of passing an emissions test (if necessary), and mail all of the above to the DOL address found on the notice.

Your new registration certificate and plate stickers will arrive within five business days.

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in Washington

How can I transfer my registration to another state?
To transfer car registration in Washington, you must:

  1. Complete a Vehicle Certificate of Ownership (Title) Application form, signed by all owners.
  2. Provide the title of your out-of-state car.
    • If you have a lien on the car, you will have to request a copy of the title from the lienholder.
  3. Give an odometer disclosure statement, if your car is up to 10 years old.
  4. Provide smog inspection paperwork, if necessary.
  5. Give a bill of sale, if you purchased the vehicle in the last 90 days.
  6. Pay for the registration fees.
    • Fees vary based on location, weight of the vehicle and license plates.

This process can be completed at a vehicle licensing office, a Quick Title office or by mail, if you send the above documents to:

Refunds and Title Services Department of Licensing P.O. Box 9909 Olympia, WA 98507

For more information: How to Register a Vehicle in Washington

How do I apply for a commercial drivers license?
The process for obtaining a commercial driving license in Washington is as follows. You must:

  1. Meet all the standard drivers license requirements.
  2. Complete the CDL license application and submit it in person to a licensing office.
  3. Pass the CDL knowledge test at a Department of Licensing testing center.
  4. Pass a vision test.
  5. Enroll in a commercial driversed course.
  6. Pass a road skills exam.
  7. Pay the licensing fees, which will vary based on the kind of license and endorsements you apply for.

For more information: Washington Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Application

How do I apply for a disabled person parking placard or plates?
If during the process of getting car registration in Washington you decide to apply for disabled person placard or plates, you must:

  1. Print out and complete the Disabled Parking Application for Individuals form.
    • Make sure to have a licensed medical professional fill out the physician s section.
  2. Verify that you are the registered vehicle owner of the car for which you are requesting placards, plates or tabs.
  3. Mail the filled out application with the necessary fees to the Department of Licensing.

For more information: Information for Disabled Drivers in Washington

How do I apply for a drivers license?
In order to apply for drivers license documentation in Washington, you must follow the steps below:

  1. Go to a local driver licensing office to complete your application.
  2. Provide the following information:
    • Proof of ID:

o Learners permit

o Passport

  • Washington residential street address
  • Social Security Number
  1. Pass a written knowledge exam (if you do not have a driving permit).
  2. Pass a vision test.
  3. Take the driving test at a testing location
  4. Pay the application and issuance fees.

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver’s License in Washington

How do I apply for a learner’s permit?
In order to apply for a learners permit in Washington, you must follow these steps:

  1. Drivers can pre-apply online to save time when they visit the DMV office.
  2. Complete the learning permit application at the office.
  3. Show proof of ID.
    • If under 18:
      • Parents must provide proof of ID and their relationship to the applicant.
      • Parents must sign an authorization form.
      • Parents can also fill out a notarized Parental Authorization Affidavit (DLE-520-003) form if they cannot come in person.
    • If 18 or older:
      • Bring proof of residence if you do not have a Social Security Number.
  1. Pass a vision test.
  2. Pass the written knowledge exam, unless you have a waiver.
  3. Pay the $25 fee (which may vary).

For more information: Learner’s Permits for Beginner Drivers in Washington

How do I apply for a motorcycle license?
The Washington DOL offers two ways for applicants to get a motorcycle license endorsement. The first option is to complete a motorcycle safety course at an approved institution, pass the knowledge and road skills exams and bring proof of course completion to a local licensing office within 180 days.

Applicants also have the option of simply passing the knowledge and riding skills tests at an approved motorcycle training school and bringing the green score sheet to a licensing office within 180 days. As a note, a motorcycle learning permit is obtained by passing the knowledge test and bringing the pink score sheet to the licensing office.

For more information: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in Washington

How do I change my address on my car insurance?
Address changing with a car insurance company is simple. All a driver must do is contact their provider and inform them of the move. At this point, the insured will be asked to provide certain pieces of information to submit address change paperwork. Be sure to have the following information in hand:

  • A description of your vehicle
  • Your insurance policy number
  • Your old and new addresses
  • Your full name

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in Washington

How do I change my address on my car registration?
Vehicle owners may change car registration addresses in two ways: in person and online. To do so online, simply visit the Department of Licensing s License eXpress website and give your ID card number and the last four digits of your Social Security Number. In person, you will typically be asked to provide your old and new address, along with proof of identity. There is no charge for updating your records with the DOL.

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in Washington

How do I change my address on my commercial drivers license?
Commercial vehicle drivers are required to perform CDL address changes in person at a local licensing office. Remember to bring your current commercial drivers license, proof of residence (including your new address) and payment for the fees in order to complete the process.

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in Washington

How do I change my address on my drivers license?
Drivers have three options for completing a motor vehicle change of address in Washington. They can do so online, in person and by mail.

Online

The Washington DOL offers an online service called License eXpress, which allows drivers to update their information on their driving license, ID card and more. Applicants must provide their license number and the final four digits of their Social Security Number.

In Person

Visit a driver licensing office with your current WA drivers license and proof of residence to update your address. If you would like to obtain an updated driving license, you will also have to pay a fee.

By Mail

Send in a completed Driver License Change of Address form, along with payment (if you want an updated license), to the following address:

Driver & Vehicle Records Department of Licensing PO Box 9030 Olympia, Washington 98507

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in Washington

How do I change my address on my ID card?
Residents of Washington can perform an ID card address change in Washington online, in person and by mail.

Online

Log on to the DOL s License eXpress website and provide your ID card number and the last four digits of your Social Security Number to perform an identification card address change.

In Person

To update address on ID card documents in person, you must visit a licensing office and provide your current ID card, proof of residence, and payment (if you would like to get an updated identification card).

By Mail

Mail in a filled out Driver License Change of Address form with payment, if you want an updated card) to this address:

Driver & Vehicle Records Department of Licensing PO Box 9030 Olympia, Washington 98507

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in Washington

How do I change my name on my car insurance?
Submitting a name change request with your car insurance company is easy. A resident may simply visit the provider office and provide a representative with their full name, their insurance policy number and a description of the vehicle to complete the process. Some companies will also allow you to complete the process by phone or online.
How do I change my name on my car registration?
To perform a name change on car registration in Washington, vehicle owners must gather the following:

The next step is to submit the above documents by mail, with a check or money order for the various fees) to a licensing office, a Quick Title office or the below address:

Refunds and Title Services Department of Licensing PO Box 9909 Olympia, WA 98507-8500

Washington name change forms can also be submitted in person to a licensing or Quick Title office.

How do I change my name on my driver’s license?
The steps to perform a name change on drivers license credentials are quick and simple. All a driver must do is visit a local licensing office and bring proof of ID (any standalone document that features your new name, such as your new Social Security card) or one of the following documents:

  • Marriage certificate/license
  • Divorce decree
  • Court order
  • Original birth certificate

After providing the necessary information, you will be asked to pay the $10 revision fee.

How do I change my name on my ID card?
The steps to change name on an ID card are similar to those necessary for updating a drivers license. Simply go to a local licensing office and give a representative proof of your identity (a document that states your new name) or a marriage certificate, divorce decree, court order or original birth certificate. Then pay the $10 Washington ID card name change fee.
How do I contact the Social Security Administration for my name change?
Drivers looking to perform an official name changemust notify the Social Security Administration first. They can do so in one of two ways: in person and by mail.

To complete the process in person, simply visit an SSA office and bring the following:

  • A completed Application for a Social Security Card
  • Proof of ID:
    • Drivers license
    • US passport
  • Proof of legal presence:
    • US birth certificate,
    • Permanent Resident Card
  • Proof of name change:
    • Marriage certificate
    • Divorce decree
    • Court order

To apply by mail, simply submit the above documents to a local office, along with a completed Application for a Social Security Card. For more information, visit the Social Security Administration website.

How do I file a complaint when I believe someone has illegally accessed my DMV record?
If you think that someone has accessed your drivers record illegally, contact the Department of Licensing at their Driver Licensing customer service line: (360) 902-3900. Their hours are from Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., except on Thursday, when they open at 9 a.m.

For more information: Your Washington Driving Record

How do I file a police report if my car registration was stolen?
The state of Washington does not require drivers to file a police a report in the event of a stolen car registration. Should you choose to do so anyway, the process is simple. Go to a local police station and describe the nature of your situation. An officer will provide you with the necessary forms to fill out. Once they are completed, it becomes a game of waiting for the car registration to turn up.

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in Washington

How do I file a police report if my car title was stolen?
The Washington DOL does not require drivers to file police reports when they are going through the process of replacing car title. However, if a driver chooses to do so, they may visit a local police department, provide information about their problem and fill out the forms provided by a representative to complete the process. This is an important step in protecting one s identity.

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Washington

How do I get a copy of my driving record?
There are a number of ways that a driver in Washington can obtain their WA driving record, including going in person to a local licensing office and sending an application by mail with a check or money order to the DOL. Of all these ways, the most efficient is to purchase a copy online.

For more information: Your Washington Driving Record

How do I get a duplicate ID card?
Residents can replace ID card documents in three ways: online, at a local driver licensing office or at a self-service station.

Online

If you have not renewed or replaced your identification card in the last 12 months, you can go online and pay the $20 replacement fee with a credit card to receive a WA ID card replacement within seven to ten days. Applicants will be asked to provide credit card information, an email address and the last four digits of their Social Security Number.

Driver Licensing Office

As long as you bring proof of ID and payment for the replacement fee, you can apply for a duplicate ID card at a licensing office. The card, with your new photo, will be mailed within seven to ten days.

Self-Service Station

Certain offices have self-service stations for your convenience, which employ the same service as replacing online. These can only be used if your ID card has not expired and your current address is on file with the Department of Licensing.

To apply, simply provide the necessary information, pay the fee, and your ID card replacement will be mailed within seven to ten days.

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Washington Driver’s License or ID Card

How do I get a hardship license?
The state of Washington offers two types of restricted licenses to individuals facing drivers license suspension. These include the Ignition Interlock Driver License (IIL) and the Occupational/Restricted Driver License (ORL). The process to obtain either of these credentials is as follows:

  1. Install an ignition interlock device (only for IIL).
  2. Obtain proof of financial responsibility, such as SR22 insurance.
  3. Fill out a Restricted Driver License Application form.
  4. Pay the applicable fee:
    • $150 if alcohol or drug-related suspension
    • $75 if not alcohol or drug-related

For more information: Suspended License Information for Washington

How do I get a replacement license if I am in the military and stationed elsewhere?
Members of the military who are stationed out-of-state can still apply for a WA drivers license replacement by mailing in a completed Driver License Replacement Request While Out-of-State form. In addition, these applicants must also send in a check or money order made payable to the DOL in the amount of $20.

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Washington Driver’s License or ID Card

How do I get a traffic ticket dismissed?
Drivers who have committed a driving violation and are being asked to pay traffic citations do not have the option of dismissing the ticket. They can, however, defer the citation by enrolling in a traffic course if they only committed a minor moving violation and have no other pending tickets.

For more information: Traffic Tickets and Violations in Washington

How do I obtain a copy of someone else’s driving record?
There is only one way to obtain a DMV driving record of another individual, and that is by mailing in your request and payment to the following address:

Driver Records Department of Licensing PO Box 3907 Seattle, WA 98124-3907

For more information: Your Washington Driving Record

How do I obtain a duplicate car registration?
To replace a stolen, damaged or lost car registration in Washington, follow the simple steps outlined below:

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in Washington

How do I obtain a duplicate car title?
The process to replace car title is easy. Simply follow the steps below:

  1. Fill out an Affidavit of Loss/Release of Interest/Gross Weight License form.
  2. Get the form notarized.
  3. Make sure all of the vehicle s registered owners sign the form.
    • If the vehicle has a lien, the lienholder must submit the application.
  4. Mail in or submit the above document and payment to a local licensing office or Quick Title office.

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Washington

How do I obtain a duplicate license?
There are three options for obtaining a drivers license replacement in Washington. You can either apply online, in person or by mail.

Online

To apply online, simply visit the DOL s License eXpress website and provide the last four digits on your Social Security Number, an active email address and a Visa, MasterCard or American Express card for payment. Your receipt of this transaction will serve as a temporary driving credential, until the permanent card arrives.

One thing to keep in mind is that only certain individuals are allowed to apply online. You cannot use the License eXpress system if:

  • Your driving license will expire within three months.
  • You have moved out of the state of WA.
  • Your name has changed from the one featured on the license.
  • You are trying to replace a CDL.
  • You are less than 18 years of age.
  • Your record shows unpaid fines, fees or suspensions.

In Person

To replace drivers license documentation in person, one must visit a local licensing office and bring:

  • Glasses or contact lenses, if necessary, to take the vision test.
  • Proof of identity, either one primary or two secondary forms of ID.
  • Payment for the $20 fee.

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Washington Driver’s License or ID Card

How do I obtain a salvaged car title?
Owners of salvage vehicles have four options of what to do with their cars:

  • Sell them
  • Use the car for parts
  • Keep and repair them
  • Keep and not repair them

In order to declare a vehicle as salvage, the registered owner must surrender the WA car title to the DOL within 15 days of the vehicle s destruction. The owner should write “Destroyed” on the title, as well as the date that the vehicle was declared salvage. Mail in the document to:

Department of Licensing Wreckers PO Box 9038 Olympia, WA 98501

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Washington

How do I obtain car registration?
The process to register car credentials can be approached in two ways: by mail or in person. To register in person, you must follow the steps below:

  1. Visit a vehicle licensing location.
  2. Complete a Vehicle Certificate of Ownership (Title) Application form.
    • You must sign in front of a representative.
  3. Provide an active WA drivers license.
  4. Give your out-of-state car title, if you just moved to Washington.
  5. Provide proof of emissions testing, if applicable.
  6. Fill out a bill of sale, if the car was purchased in the last 90 days.
  7. Give an odometer disclosure statement, if the car is less than 10 years old.
  8. Pay the registration fees.
    • Fees vary based on weight of the vehicle, location within the state and if you have specialized plates.

As mentioned before, drivers can also mail in their application to a local licensing office.

For more information: How to Register a Vehicle in Washington

How do I reinstate after a revocation as a Habitual Traffic Offender?
In order to reinstate revoked drivers license credentials, Washington residents must wait until the end of their revocation period to begin the reinstatement process, wherein they will be required to:

  • Pay the reissue fee at a local licensing office.
  • Pay off driver licensing fees and all fines.
  • File SR22 insurance for three years, depending on the violations.
  • Install an Ignition Interlock Device for at least 6 months, depending on the violations.

In addition, drivers can choose to call for a stay hearing or a reinstatement hearing, in certain instances.

For more information: Suspended License Information for Washington

How do I reinstate my license if I refused to submit a breath/urine/blood test?
In order to reinstate suspended drivers license credentials after refusing a breath/blood test, drivers must go through the same process as all other suspended DUI drivers. The details of the penalties (fines, jail time, etc.) will vary based on the number and severity of the offense, but vehicle owners who choose to refuse testing can expect to add on year to their suspension just for not abiding by the Implied Consent law.

For more information: DUI/DWI Information for Washington

How do I reinstate my suspended license?
The process for reinstating drivers license credentials varies depending on the severity of the offense originally committed. The standard process involves waiting for the suspension period to conclude and then following steps below:

  1. Visit a local driver licensing office.
  2. Show proof of financial responsibility (SR22 insurance).
  3. Pay the reissue fee.
    • $150 if alcohol or drug-related
    • $75 if not alcohol or drug-related
  4. Pay the licensing fee.

If charged with a DUI, offenders will also need to pay additional fines and possibly serve community service/jail time.

For more information: Suspended License Information for Washington

How do I remove points from my driver’s license?
The Washington Department of Licensing does not use the standard driving violation point system. Thus, the traditional points will not be put on your driving license. However, the violations will still be noted on your driving record, and accruing too many in a given period of time will result in a suspended drivers license.

For more information: Traffic Tickets and Violations in Washington

How do I renew my driving permit?
There is only one that a driver can renew a learners permit in Washington. They must go in person to a local driver licensing office and pay the $25 renewal fee. The renewed permit for driving will last for a period of one year.

For more information: Learner’s Permits for Beginner Drivers in Washington

How do I renew my ID card?
Residents can renew ID card credentials online, if they receive a renewal letter from the DOL. Otherwise, they must go in person to a local driver licensing office with their current ID card and payment for the renewal fee.

For more information: How to apply for a Washington Identification Card

How do I renew my license if I am in the military and stationed elsewhere?
Military members that are stationed outside of the state of Washington are not required to go through WA drivers license renewal while away, as long as they meet one of the below criteria:

  • He or she is a member of the armed forces or National Guard and is on active duty.
  • He or she is the spouse or dependent of an active military member.
  • He or she is a reservist that has been called to serve for 180 days or longer.

As long as the military member is on active duty, their Washington driving license will remain valid.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in Washington

How do I renew my medical report for a commercial license?
In order to renew the medical report on your CDL license, you must find a qualified medical examiner and have them complete a Medical Examination Report for Commercial Driver Fitness Determination form. Once you have done so, you will need to take the results to a local licensing office.

For more information: Washington Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Application

How do I renew my motorcycle license?
Motorcycle riders must take the same steps as standard vehicle owners when it comes time to renew a WA motorcycle license. Applicants can either renew online, by mail or in person. When renewing in person at a local licensing office, you must do the following:

  1. Provide your current drivers license.
  2. Show proof of residence, if necessary.
  3. Show proof of name change, if applicable.
  4. Pass a vision test.
  5. Pay the renewal fees (for both the driving license and the motorcycle endorsement).
  6. Drivers who wait 60 days or more after their license has expired will be charged a late fee.

When applying by mail (if out-of-state), send a completed Driver License Renewal Request While Out-of-State form and a check or money order with payment to the Driver Licensing Services Office.

For more information: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in Washington

How do I replace my license if I am a non-U.S. citizen?
In addition to bringing proof of identity and paying the WA drivers license copy fee, non-US citizens must also provide proof of legal presence in the country. Acceptable proofs include:

  • Permanent Resident Cards
  • Temporary I-551 stamps on foreign passports.
  • Employment Authorization cards.

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Washington Driver’s License or ID Card

How do I replace my license if I lost it out of state?
If a driver is out-of-state when they lose their license, the easiest way to resolve the problem is to apply for a Washington drivers license replacement online. Simply provide an active email address, credit card information and the last four digits of your SSN, and be sure to give your current mailing address so that it arrives in the proper location.

To be sure that you are eligible for replacing your license online, verify that you adhere to the following criteria:

  • Your driving record does not show any unpaid fines, fees or license suspensions.
  • Your license does not expire within three months.
  • You are at least 18 years old.
  • You are not replacing a CDL.
  • You have not changed your name from what appears on the credential.
  • You have not replaced your license in the last 12 months.
  • You have not moved out of Washington.

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Washington Driver’s License or ID Card

How do I transfer my car title between states?
Every state employs a different method of transferring car title. Thus, the best thing for a driver to do is contact the Department of Motor Vehicles of the state they are moving to in order to find out what actions must be taken.

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Washington

How do I transfer my car title if I lost the original?
In order to transfer car title in Washington, one must have the document in hand. If a driver loses their car title, they must obtain a replacement by following these steps:

  1. Fill out an Affidavit of Loss/Release of Interest/Gross Weight License form.
    • Form must be notarized and signed by all registered vehicle owners.
    • Lienholder must submit this application if there is a lien.
  2. Take the form and payment to a local licensing office or Quick Title office.
    • Documents can also be mailed to either location.

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Washington

How do I transfer my car title?
In order to complete a transfer of title, follow the steps below:

  1. Obtain an emissions report, if you live in a county that requires vehicle testing.
  2. Fill out an Odometer Disclosure Statement, if the car is less than 10 years old.
  3. Fill out a Vehicle/Vessel Bill of Sale form, signed by both parties.
  4. Fill out the car title to show the transfer of ownership.
  5. Complete a Vehicle Certificate of Ownership (Title) Application form.

All of the above documents must be taken to a Department of Licensing office with the proper payment for fees and taxes.

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Washington

How do I transfer the title of my RV?
The process to transfer title in Washington for RVs is very similar to what must be done for standard vehicles. RV owners must visit a local licensing office with the necessary documents and payment for the fees in order to successfully submit their request.

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Washington

How does a military member obtain a motorcycle license?
The steps for applying for a motorcycle driving licenseas a member of the military depend on your situation. If you are not a resident of Washington but are stationed in the state on active military duty, then you must:

  1. Complete an approved training course at the military base.
  2. Apply for a standard Washington driving license.
  3. Provide proof of course completion to a licensing office within 180 days.

On the other hand, if you are a Washington resident that is stationed out-of-state, your requirements are as follows:

  1. You must pass a military motorcycle safety class or a Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) course.
    • If stationed in Idaho or Oregon, the course is known as a Basic Rider Training course.
  2. Mail in a written request for a WA motorcycle license, including the following information:
    • Current out-of-state mailing address
    • Current Washington residential address
    • Active email address.
    • Proof of military status as active.
    • A copy of your Washington driving license (both sides).
    • A copy of your course completion card (both sides).
      • Course completion card must be dated within 180 days of finishing the class.
    • Check or money order to the Department of Licensing.

The mailing address is:

Department of Licensing 301 E Wallace Kneeland Blvd, Ste 224 PMB 296 Shelton, WA 98584-2987

For more information: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in Washington

How does the DMV check my vision?
When one goes to apply for drivers license documentation, a Department of Licensing representative will administer a vision screening to make sure that the driver can see well enough to operate a motor vehicle safely. In the event the driver does not pass the screening without eyeglasses, the DOL will place a restriction on the WA driving license.

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver’s License in Washington

How long do I need my learners permit before I can get my drivers license?
Each WA drivers permit is valid for the same amount of time. The length of validity in the state of Washington is one year.

For more information: Learner’s Permits for Beginner Drivers in Washington

How long does it take to receive my replacement car title after ordering online?
The Washington Department of Licensing does not offer vehicle owners the option of obtaining their car title replacements online. They can only apply by mail or in person at a local licensing office or a Quick Title office. If ordering a Quick Title, the document will be issued immediately. On the other hand, a standard title will take between eight and ten weeks to arrive by mail.

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Washington

How long will I have a suspended license for not taking a chemical test?
Washington operates under the Implied Consent Law, which states that all drivers who operate a motor vehicle within the state have agreed to take breath/blood test to see the alcohol/drug content of their blood. Refusing to take this exam will result in a WA drivers license suspension of at least one year.

For more information: Suspended License Information for Washington

How long will it take to get my new ID card?
The amount of time you must wait to obtain your new Washington ID card varies. If you have just purchased an Enhanced ID card, it will arrive in the mail within three weeks. If you are renewing or replacing identification cards, they will be delivered within four weeks. Finally, if you simply purchased a standard identification card, one will be issued immediately.

For more information: How to apply for a Washington Identification Card

How many points can I get on my driving record before my driver’s license is suspended?
The Washington Department of Licensing does not employ the standard DMV point system. Thus, no points will be put on your record during a drivers license suspension. However, all violations and infractions that a driver commits will still be put in their WA driving record.

For more information: Your Washington Driving Record

How many times can I attend a traffic school course to remove points from my driving record?
The WA DOL does not use the DMV point system. It simply puts the violations in your driving record, which can lead to a drivers license suspension. Additionally, the DOL does not dismiss traffic tickets, but these citations can be deferred by taking a defensive driving course so that the traffic court never informs the DOL of an offense, thus stopping violations from going on your record. Typically, these courses can only be taken if a driver has not taken a course in the last 12 to 18 months.

For more information: Your Washington Driving Record

How much does it cost to change my name on my car registration?
In the state of Washington, the Department of Licensing allows drivers to change name on registration and title at the same time. In terms of price, the cost varies based on how soon you need your vehicle title. The two prices for title and registration services are:

  • Name change title: $19
  • Name change Quick Title: $69

Additionally, some offices may charge service fees.

How much does it cost to change my name on my car title?
The cost to submit a car title name change in Washington varies based on one simple factor: how quickly you want to receive your updated document. Drivers who want to receive a new title immediately will have to pay more than those who do not mind waiting eight to ten weeks. The breakdown of price is as follows:

  • Name change title: $19
  • Name change Quick Title: $69

Furthermore, some offices may charge a $12 service fee for changing name on car title.

How much does it cost to change my name with the DMV?
The cost to update your name with the Washington Department of Licensing varies based on whether you put in a name change request online or in person. The fees are as follows:

  • Updated drivers license or ID card (in person): $10
  • Updated drivers license or ID card (online): $20
How often do I need to renew my CDL license?
A Washington commercial driving license must be renewed every five years. The process can be completed up to one year before the expiration of the license.

How soon can I renew my driver’s license?
Drivers in the state of Washington are allowed to renew drivers license documentation up to one year in advance of license expiration. Renewal can be done in person, by mail, and in some cases, online.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in Washington

If a family member dies and leaves his or her car to me, how do I switch over the title?
There are a number of steps one must take to transfer car title when inheriting a vehicle. However, the necessary steps depend on the situation:

  • If you are the surviving spouse with joint vehicle ownership, bring a certified copy of the death certificate and the car title to a local licensing office.
  • If you inherited the car after a community property agreement, bring the above documents and a community property agreement copy.
  • If power of attorney sealed the vehicle inheritance, bring the above documents and a certified letter of administration or testamentary.
  • If the vehicle was inherited from an unadministered estate, bring the death certificate, car title and an Affidavit of Inheritance or succession.

In addition, drivers will also be asked to pay the titling fee and show proof of car insurance in Washington.

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Washington

If I do not renew on time, will there be an additional fee?
The Washington Department of Licensing is more lenient than the DMV offices of other states. Whereas other departments enforce a fine or late fee for not renewing car registration by the deadline, the WA DOL does not charge any late fees for not renewing on time. However, driving with an expired registration can still result in a ticket.

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in Washington

If I file a police report, will my replacement fee be waived?
Because the Department of Licensing does not require that drivers file a police report for a lost drivers license, the DOL will not waive the fee for replacing credentials. The standard fee for a WA drivers license replacement is $20.

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Washington Driver’s License or ID Card

If I have been in an accident, what property damage do I have to report?
If a police officer does not file a report for your collision, each driver must file theirs within four days of the accident, with a detailed description of the damages. The necessary forms can be found at your local police department or county sheriff s office. If the accident caused at least $1,000 in property damage, it will go on your driving record.

For more information: How To: Save on Washington Auto Insurance

If I live outside of the state for half the year, am I still required to have car insurance?
All resident drivers in the state of Washington are required to have WA car insurance. It does not matter how long you are out-of-state. As long as you are considered a resident, you must have the minimum amounts of coverage.

For more information: How To: Save on Washington Auto Insurance

If I lost my traffic or parking ticket, how can I find the information again?
In the event a driver loses their citation and is not able to pay, they are encouraged to contact the court in the county where the ticket was received. By providing their vehicle s description and the date of the transgression, a representative will be able to resolve the issue, allowing the driver to pay applicable WA traffic fines.

For more information: Traffic Tickets and Violations in Washington

If I’m out of state and lost my ID, how can I get a new one?
To replace ID card credentials while out of state, Washington residents must apply online. The steps for WA ID card replacement are as follows:

  1. Provide the last four digits of your Social Security Number, your credit card information and your email address.
  2. Pay the $20 replacement fee.

Your new card, with the same photo, will be mailed within seven to ten days. You should contact the DOL if it does not arrive within 45 days. Also, remember to provide your current mailing address so that it goes to the right location.

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Washington Driver’s License or ID Card

If my driver’s license was confiscated at the time of my DUI/DWI arrest, how do I get it back?
If you are convicted of driving under the influence in WA, you will have to go through the process of reinstating the license before you can drive.

For more information: DUI/DWI Information for Washington

Is there a different process I must follow if I lost personalized plates?
The process to replace personalized license plates varies slightly from the steps necessary to get new standard plates. For custom plates, the applicant must visit a local licensing office and provide:

o A notarized letter to the DOL, which states the loss, theft of destruction of the plates, is also acceptable.

The main difference between standard and customized plate replacement is that an applicant for a new standard plate does not need to fill out the License Plate Replacement Application.

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in Washington

Is there a minimum age I have to be to get a commercial drivers license?
Yes, there is. A driver must be at least 18 years of age to operate a commercial vehicle in Washington. If the prospective professional operator wants to apply for an interstate commercial drivers license, which would allow them to drive from state to state, they must be at least 21 years of age.

For more information: Washington Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Application

Is there an age limit to renew your license?
No, there is no age limit for renewing drivers license credentials in Washington. As long as you are a licensed resident of the state, you are eligible to renew. However, there is one limitation to renewing online. Only those between the ages of 24 and 70 have this opportunity.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in Washington

Should I carry the registration on me or in the car?
Regardless of the state you live in, it is highly recommended that drivers keep their auto registration documents in the vehicle at all times. This ensures that this vital document is always at arm s reach when it is required.

For more information: How to Register a Vehicle in Washington

What address will my replacement license be mailed to?
When applying for a duplicate drivers license in Washington, the updated license will be mailed to the address that the Department of Licensing has on file. If you want it to be mailed to a different address, because you moved or are out of state, be sure to stipulate this when applying.

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Washington Driver’s License or ID Card

What are requirements for seniors to renew a driving license?
Seniors receive the same treatment as all other drivers when it comes to renewing a license to drive in WA. It is their responsibility to renew driving credentials up to one year in before they expire, and seniors have three ways in which they may do so:

  • Online
  • In person
  • By mail

During renewal, seniors will be required to:

  • Provide their current driving license.
  • Pass a vision exam (or show proof of acceptable vision).
  • Pay the renewal fee.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in Washington

What are some reasons that may require me to transfer my car title?
There are a number of reasons why someone would need to transfer title in Washington. The most common reasons include:

  • If you have just bought a used car from a private party.
  • If someone gifted you a vehicle.
  • If you have satisfied a lien.
  • If you have just inherited a vehicle from a family member that has passed away.
  • If you are donating an automobile.
  • If you are changing your name or adding/removing a registered owner of the vehicle.

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Washington

What are some violations that may constitute in a suspended license?
There are a number of driving violations that may result in a driver being slapped with drivers license suspension in WA. Some of the most common transgressions include:

  • Driving under the influence.
  • Incurring too many traffic tickets.
  • Driving without a license.
  • Operating a vehicle without auto insurance.
  • Driving recklessly.

Additionally, there are also non-driving-related reasons for suspension, including not appearing in court and not paying child support.

For more information: Suspended License Information for Washington

What are the age restrictions to ride a motorcycle?
In the state of Washington, all prospective riders must be at least 16 year of age when they apply for a motorcycle permit. Additionally, any applicant under the age of 18 must have parental consent and pass an approved motorcycle riding course before applying for a WA motorcycle endorsement.

For more information: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in Washington

What are the available commercial license endorsements?
Applicants seeking a license to drive commercial vehicles can also apply for various CDL endorsements. These include:

  • Hazardous Materials endorsement (Class H).
  • School Busendorsement (Class S).
  • Towing a Double or Triple Trailer endorsement (Class T).
  • Tank Vehicles endorsement (Class N).
  • Combination endorsement (Class X).
  • Passenger-Carrying Vehicle endorsement (Class P).

For more information: Washington Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Application

What are the consequences of driving with a suspended license?
Motor vehicle owners who are caught operating a car with a suspended drivers licensewill receive an extension on their suspension period. In addition, they will also face additional fines for ignoring their mandate to stay off the roads.

For more information: Suspended License Information for Washington

What are the different types of driving records?
The various driver records that you can access from the WA Department of Licensing are as follows:

  • Complete records
  • Employment records
  • Volunteer vanpool record
  • Volunteer for organization record
  • School bus record
  • Three-year life insurance abstract
  • Three-year noncommercial insurance abstract
  • Three-year commercial insurance abstract

For more information: Your Washington Driving Record

What are the fees associated with an ID card?
There are two prices associated with Washington DMV ID cards. This is because there are two options available to residents of the state. The breakdown is as follows:

  • Standard identification card: $54
  • Enhance identification card: $72

Of the two options, the enhanced ID card offers better identity protection, justifying the slightly higher price. Both cards are valid for a period of six years.

For more information: How to apply for a Washington Identification Card

What are the fees for a duplicate drivers license?
The standard fee for replacing drivers license documents in Washington is $20. This is the price for a standard drivers license replacement, as well as an enhanced replacement. In addition, this cost also extends to military members who have lost their license.

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Washington Driver’s License or ID Card

What are the learners permit restrictions during my first year?
During your time driving with a learning permit in Washington, you must log at least 50 hours of supervised training. This includes 10 hours of driving at night. The most important restriction to keep in mind is that a licensed supervisor must accompany you in the vehicle at all times, and he or she must have at least five years of licensed experience.

For more information: Learner’s Permits for Beginner Drivers in Washington

What are the medical certifications required to obtain a CDL?
As of the date January 30, 2014, all drivers with a CDL license are required to self-certify at a local licensing office. In addition, it is also required that these drivers obtain medical certification by having a qualified medical examiner fill out a Medical Examination Report for Commercial Driver Fitness Determination form. In the event one does not meet the medical requirements but still has a WA commercial drivers license and is stable, he or she can apply for a medical waiver for intrastate commercial driving.

For more information: Washington Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Application

What are the most common reasons why I would need to replace my registration?
There are three typical reasons why one would need to replace car registration in Washington. They include:

  • If their car registration has been lost.
  • If their registration was stolen.
  • If their registration is damaged/destroyed.

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in Washington

What are the penalties for getting a traffic ticket with a driver’s permit?
If you are charged with a violation and traffic ticket fines while only holding a learners permit, the consequences are as follows:

  • First violation (tickets or accidents): You and your parent/guardian will receive a warning letter.
  • Second violation: You will incur a six-month drivers license suspension (or until you reach 18).
  • Third violation: Your license will be suspended until you are 18.

For more information: Traffic Tickets and Violations in Washington

What are the penalties of being convicted of driving under the influence?
The punishments associated with receiving a DWI citation vary depending on the severity and number of the offense. Penalties can include any or all of the following:

  • Fines and reinstatement fees
  • Jail/parole time
  • Community service time
  • Alcohol education classes
  • Ignition interlock device installment
  • SR22 insurance filing

For more information: DUI/DWI Information for Washington

What are the reinstatement fees I will have to pay for a suspended license?
In addition to licensing, traffic ticket and court fees (if applicable), suspended drivers must also pay a reissue fee in order to reinstate suspended drivers license documents. The fee for alcohol and drug-related charges is $150. For charges that are not associated with drugs or alcohol, the reissue fee is only $75.

For more information: Suspended License Information for Washington

What are the required fees for my vehicle registration?
The Washington Department of Licensing attaches fees to the WA car registration process. These fees vary based on numerous factors, including how much the car weighs, in what part of the state you live and whether or not you have specialized license plates.

For more information: How to Register a Vehicle in Washington

What are the required fees to get a replacement car title?
The amount of money that a driver would pay for a duplicate car title in Washington varies based on where the replacement is purchased. A standard car title, which will arrive within eight to ten weeks by mail, costs $31 at a local licensing office. On the other hand, a title issued immediately at a Quick Title office costs $81.

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Washington

What are the required fees to get replacement registration?
While the fees may vary for obtaining a new car registration certificate, applicants seeking to replace car registration documents must pay a standard rate of $10.

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in Washington

What are the required fees to renew my registration?
Fees for renewing car registration in Washington vary based on a number of factors, including:

  • The weight of the vehicle.
  • The make, model and year of the car.
  • The county where it is registered (for additional taxes).

Fortunately, the renewal notice that you receive in the mail will detail the amount you owe.

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in Washington

What are the requirements to operate a three-wheel motorcycle?
In order to obtain a motorcycle drivers license to operate a three-wheel motorcycle, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  1. They must complete a sidecar/trike safety course at an approved institution.
  2. They must bring proof of course completion to a licensing office within 180 days.
  3. They must pass the knowledge and driving exams administered by the training school, and bring their green score sheet to a licensing office within 180 days.

Additionally, riders under 18 must complete an approved rider course and obtain parental consent.

For more information: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in Washington

What are the suspensions eligible for a hardship license?
The Washington DOL provides two restricted licenses to those whose credentials have been suspended: the Ignition Interlock Driver License (IIL) and the Occupational/Restricted Driver License (ORL). To obtain an IIL, the arrest or conviction must have been one of the following:

  • Reckless driving
  • Vehicular assault or homicide involving drugs or alcohol
  • DUI
  • Physical control involving drugs or alcohol

The ORL license is stricter in who is accepted. Drivers can only obtain this suspended drivers license alternative if they meet the following criteria:

They were not convicted of vehicular homicide or assault in the seven years that preceded the incident.

Their drivers license suspension was NOT for:

  • DUI.
  • Vehicular homicide or assault.
  • Being a minor in possession.
  • Physical control.
  • Teen license violations.
  • Not paying child support.
  • Fraud.
  • Breaking too many road rules with an intermediate license.
  • Medical/vision reasons.
  • Being a Habitual Traffic Offender.
  • Violating a probation ordered by court.
  • Failing to qualify on a medical/vision/driving exam.
  • Failing to undergo dependency treatment (alcohol/chemical).
  • Canceling SR22 insurance.

For more information: Suspended License Information for Washington

What do I need to do to get my driver’s license if I fail the driving test?
All residents are required to pass a driving test in order to get drivers license documents. In the event an applicant fails the driving test on their first try, he or she must retake the exam. Simply contact the testing location to find out when you can take the driving test again and study accordingly.

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver’s License in Washington

What documents do I need to get a learner’s permit?
Applicants will not be allowed to receive a driving permit if they do not provide the following documentation:

  • Proof of ID:
    • Passport
    • Certificate of Citizenship
  • Proof of parent s ID, their relationship to the applicant and an authorization form (if applicant is under 18)
  • Proof of WA residency (if applicant is 18 or over but does not have a Social Security Number):
    • Utility bills
    • College or university documents
  • A test waiver (if enrolled in drivers ed)
  • A completed learners permit application

For more information: Learner’s Permits for Beginner Drivers in Washington

What documents do I need to get a motorcycle license?
Each applicant must present a variety of documents in order to apply for a motorcycle license endorsement. These include:

  • Your current drivers license.
  • Proof that you passed the written and road skills exams.
    • If you took a training course, you would bring the course completion card.
    • If you simply took the exams, you would bring the green score sheet.
  • Riders under 18 must provide proof of parental consent.

For more information: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in Washington

What documents do I need to get my drivers license?
Getting drivers license credentials can only be done if an applicant provides all of the necessary documentation that is required by the WA Department of Licensing. These documents include:

  • Proof of identity:
    • Drivers license from another state
    • Learners permit
    • US Passport
  • Social Security Number.
  • Washington residential street address.

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver’s License in Washington

What documents do I need to present for a replacement car title?
There are not documents required to get a WA car title replacement. The only form that must be presented is the Affidavit of Loss/Release of Interest/Gross Weight License form. This form must be notarized and signed by all registered owners of the car in order to be accepted by the Department of Licensing.

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Washington

What documents do I need to present for proof of residency?
Drivers can employ one of two approaches when it comes to proving Washington residency. They can either provide one primary document or two secondary documents. Examples of primary documents include:

  • A current drivers license or ID card.
  • A homeowner s insurance policy.
  • A home utility bill dated within the past 60 days.
  • Mortgage documents

Some secondary documents you could use to perform an address changing are:

  • A car insurance policy.
  • A Washington business license.
  • A current Washington State voter card.

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in Washington

What documents do I need to present if I am a non-U.S. citizen changing address?
Non-citizens of the United States must provide additional documentation when submitting an address change request in Washington. Along with proof of identity (WA driving license), and proof of their new address, these drivers must also show one of the following proofs of legal presence:

  • A Permanent Resident Card
  • A Temporary I-551 stamp in foreign passport
  • An Employment Authorization card

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in Washington

What documents do I need to present to get a replacement car registration?
Drivers are only required to bring the following documents when replacing car registration in WA:

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in Washington

What documents do I need to present to get new registration?
In order to get car registration in WA, a vehicle owner must provide the following documentation, based on their specific situation:

  • A completed Vehicle Certificate of Ownership (Title) Application form
  • A current WA drivers license
  • An out-of-state title, if you moved to Washington
  • Proof of emissions testing, if applicable
  • A bill of sale, if the car was bought in the last 90 days
  • An odometer disclosure statement, if the car is under 10

For more information: How to Register a Vehicle in Washington

What documents do I need to present to renew my car registration?
When going in person to renew vehicle registration in Washington, drivers must provide all of the following documents:

  • Proof of ID
  • Proof of WA residency
  • Your current auto registration certificate or a renewal notice
  • Proof of emissions testing, if necessary

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in Washington

What documents do I need to present to renew my drivers license?
The documentation necessary to renew license credentials varies based on the renewal method chosen. If renewing online, you will need your drivers license and Social Security Number. By mail, drivers must provide a Driver License Renewal Request While Out-of-State form, and in person, they must present their current license and proof of residence or name change, if necessary.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in Washington

What documents do I need to transfer my car title?
The documents necessary to transfer vehicle title in Washington vary based on the situation. Look below for a complete breakdown.

In every case, a Vehicle Certificate of Ownership (Title) Application form, a car title, proof of auto insurance and ID are all necessary.

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Washington

What documents will I need to present to replace my drivers license?
Documentation must only be presented when one chooses to apply for a duplicate drivers license in person at a licensing office. Furthermore, the only document that one must bring is proof of identity. Either one primary or two secondary proofs of ID will suffice.

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Washington Driver’s License or ID Card

What exams do I need to pass to get a motorcycle license?
All motorcycle operators in the state of Washington are required to pass two exams in order to receive a motorcycle driving license. These exams are the written knowledge test and the riding skills exam.

For more information: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in Washington

What forms must I fill out for a duplicate car title?
Only the Affidavit of Loss/Release of Interest/Gross Weight License form needs to be filled out when replacing car title in Washington. The Department of Licensing requires that all registered owners of the car sign the form and that it be notarized. If the form does not meet these requirements, the application for a car title replacement will not be accepted.

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Washington

What happens if I get traffic ticket fines and I have a CDL?
Commercial drivers in the state of Washington are required to notify their employers of any traffic violation conviction within thirty days. The DOL must be notified within the same timeframe when it comes to violations that occurred out-of-state. In addition, if the traffic fines incurred also result in CDL suspension, the employer must be notified within the next business day.

For more information: Traffic Tickets and Violations in Washington

What happens to my commercial driver license if I am convicted of a DUI?
If convicted of driving under the influence in WA, your CDL license will be disqualified. The disqualification periods are as follows, based on the situation in question:

  • One year, if it is your first incident
  • Three years, if it is your first incident, and it occurred while transporting hazardous materials
  • Lifetime disqualification, if it your second incident or more

As long as you have not been disqualified for life, you must re-qualify by passing the CDL knowledge and driving exams, passing separate tests for endorsements and paying the $20 re-qualification fee.

For more information: Washington Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Application

What if the original is located after my car title replacement has been issued?
Drivers who have located their original vehicle title after a Washington car title replacement has been issued have a few options for dealing with the scenario:

  • They may turn in the document to the DOL.
  • They may dispose of it at home, since it is no longer valid.

Although no longer active, one must be careful with original title documents, because of the problems that can arise should they fall into the wrong hands.

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Washington

What information does a driving record contain?
WA DMV driving records contain a wide array of information, including:

  • Alcohol-related convictions.
  • Failures to appear in court or pay a ticket.
  • Past collisions.
  • Vehicular assault and homicide convictions.
  • CDL drivers convictions.
  • Deferred prosecutions.
  • Suspensions.
  • Revocations.
  • Disqualifications.
  • Most other convictions and driving violations.

All of these pieces of information areonly present on driving records for a certain period of time, with the more serious convictions (alcohol and homicide) being present for longer than the less serious issues (suspensions).

For more information: Your Washington Driving Record

What is an ID card?
A Washington DMV ID card is a photo ID that acts as a primary proof of identity for non-drivers, because it features one s name, address and date of birth. The WA Department of Licensing recommends that any resident who does not have a driving license, get ID card credentials.

For more information: How to apply for a Washington Identification Card

What is considered the legal alcohol limit?
What is the cost of a DUI?
The cost of WA DUI citations vary based on the number of the offense and its severity. In addition, the more times one is caught driving while under the influence of alcohol or other drugs, the more they will be fined. Fines in Washington range from $865.50 to $5,000 on a first offense.

For more information: DUI/DWI Information for Washington

What is the cost of a traffic ticket?
Traffic ticket price in Washington varies depending on the severity of the violation committed. A charge of driving under the influence, for example, will cost you substantially more than a minor speeding ticket or parking citation.

For more information: Traffic Tickets and Violations in Washington

What is the cost to get a driver record?
The fee to purchase a drivers record with the Washington Department of Licensing is $13. However, it is important to keep in mind that fees may vary from time to time and can be more slightly expensive when you purchase online.

For more information: Your Washington Driving Record

What is the DUI penalty for a CDL driver?
CDL drivers convicted of driving under the influence in WA will have their CDL license disqualified for one year. If the conviction comes when they are transporting hazardous materials, the suspension extends to three years. In addition, if they are convicted of a second offense, these drivers will receive a lifetime disqualification.

For more information: DUI/DWI Information for Washington

What is the DUI penalty for a minor?
After a DUI ticket in Washington, the minor will have their drivers license suspended or revoked for 90 days or until he or she turns 16, whichever comes later. Second offenses result in a one-year suspension or a suspension that lasts until the defendant becomes 17.

For more information: DUI/DWI Information for Washington

What is the minimum liability insurance coverage?
Each auto insurance policy in Washington must meet the following minimum amounts:

  • $10,000 in property damage for one accident
  • $25,000 in bodily injury or death for one person in one accident.
  • $50,000 in bodily injury or death for two people in one accident.

For more information: How To: Save on Washington Auto Insurance

What is the passing score for a written test?
The written knowledge exam for a driving permit in Washington consists of 25 questions. These questions focus on traffic signs and road regulations. In order to pass the written test, applicants must answer 20 of the 25 questions correctly.

For more information: Learner’s Permits for Beginner Drivers in Washington

What is the process to get a title for a scooter or motorcycle?
Scooters and motorcycles require operators to go through the same steps as car owners when it comes to obtaining a vehicle title. They must bring all of the following to a local licensing office:

  • A Certificate of Origin or Manufacturer’s Statement, if new
  • Active title and vehicle registration
  • Odometer reading
  • Proof of ID (drivers license)
  • Payment for fees and taxes

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Washington

What languages is the written test available in?
The Washington Department of Licensing takes into account a wide variety of its drivers license applicants. Thus, it offers its driving guide in English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Russian, Vietnamese and Japanese. As for the languages you can choose between when taking the written exam, it is recommended that prospective drivers contact the DOL at (360) 902-3900 for more information.

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver’s License in Washington

What must I do to reinstate my driver’s license as a result of a DUI/DWI?
The process for reinstating a drivers license after a DUI is simple. Just follow the steps below:

  1. Wait for the suspension/revocation period to end.
  2. Take an alcohol awareness course.
  3. Retake knowledge and driving exams, if the suspension was at least one year long.
  4. File for SR22 insurance.
  5. Pay the reissue fee of $150 at a local licensing office, as well as any other fines.

While the steps above are a basic outline of the process, there are slight variations from case to case. DUI-convicted drivers under 16, for instance, must install an ignition interlock device to drive for the first 60 days after reinstatement.

For more information: DUI/DWI Information for Washington

What penalties will I face if I do not change my address with the DMV?
By not submitting an address change request within 10 days of a move, drivers will face a fine from the Department of Licensing. Fortunately, this issue is easily avoided if you keep your driving license, registration and vehicle title current.

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in Washington

What penalties will I face if I do not renew my expired drivers license?
Residents can still renew drivers license documentation after their license expires. However, if they wait more than 60 days to renew credentials, they will be charged a $10 late fee, in addition to the renewal fee (which varies based on whether it is a standard or enhanced drivers license).

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in Washington

What proof of insurance can I provide when registering my car?
There are a number of ways that a driver can prove that he or she has the state minimum car insurance. You can bring any of the following documents as proof:

  • A car insurance card.
  • An insurance policy.
  • An insurance binder.

For more information: How To: Save on Washington Auto Insurance

What should I do if I have not received my registration tags or stickers?
If you renew expired car registration in Washington in person at a local licensing office, the tabs should be available to pick up immediately. However, if you have ordered them by mail and have not received the tags after 15 days, you must contact the specific office where you ordered them. If it has been between 15 and 90 days, applicants may have the option to just apply for car registration replacement tabs.

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in Washington

What should I do if I have not received my renewed license?
If a resident does not receive their renewed drivers license within 30 days of their renew license application, the DOL should be contacted at the following email address:drivers@dol.wa.gov. Before such time passes, it is recommended to simply wait, as the delivery time for renewed licenses varies.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in Washington

What test do I need to take for my learners permit?
In order to obtain a permit for driving in Washington, applicants must pass a vision test and a written knowledge exam, which combines traffic signs with road regulations. However, if a prospective driver passes a driversed class before they apply for a permit, they will receive a written test waiver.

For more information: Learner’s Permits for Beginner Drivers in Washington

What tests do I have to take to obtain a CDL?
In order to apply for a CDL, one must pass a written knowledge test, focusing on regulations, and a physical driving test. In addition, in order to gain CDL endorsements, drivers must take additional knowledge exams.

For more information: Washington Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Application

What tests will I need to take for my drivers license?
All prospective drivers in the state of Washington are required to take a variety of exams before they can legally get behind the wheel of a car. These include:

  • A vision test, to make sure the driver sees well enough to safely operate a vehicle.
  • A written knowledge test, so that the driver knows all of the state s road regulations and signs.
  • A driving test, so that the applicant is familiar with the mechanics of driving before he or she is given a WA drivers license.

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver’s License in Washington

What type of car insurance am I required to have?
Liability car insurance is required in Washington. All drivers who plan to operate a motor vehicle within the state must have all of the following types of coverage in their policy:

  • Property Damage Insurance
  • Bodily Injury Insurance
  • Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Bodily Injury Insurance

For more information: How To: Save on Washington Auto Insurance

What type of noncommercial license will I need?
Regarding the different types of drivers licenses, the residents of Washington have two non-professional options to choose from. they can either apply for a standard driving license or an enhanced license, which is only available for US citizens and provides more identity protection.

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver’s License in Washington

What will happen if I fail to get or keep car insurance?
Drivers who do not have or fail to keep auto insurance in the state of Washington are subject to penalties. The minimum fine for this infraction is $450.

For more information: How To: Save on Washington Auto Insurance

When can I reinstate my license after it has been suspended?
The length of the WA drivers license suspension period varies depending on the nature of the offense. You can find a breakdown of common periods below:

  • Reckless driving conviction: 30-day suspension
  • Six moving violations in 12 months: 60-day suspension
  • DUI arrest: 90 days to two years
  • DUI conviction: 90 days to four years

In terms of reinstating suspended drivers license credentials for a non-driving-related issue, such as not appearing in court or paying child support, the suspension period will end as soon as the driver satisfies the payment/appearance requirements.

For more information: Suspended License Information for Washington

When does my car registration expire?
It can be difficult to remember exactly when your vehicle registration expires. Fortunately, the WA Department of Licensing resolves this problem by sending drivers a car registration renewal notice. Along with the necessary fees that must be paid, recipients will also see the date of expiration in the letter.

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in Washington

When does my ID card expire?
As of August 11, 2014, the periods of validity for most licenses have changed from five years to six. Thus, each Washington ID card, both standard and enhanced, is valid for a period of six years.

For more information: How to apply for a Washington Identification Card

When must I change my address with the DMV?
The Washington Department of Licensing requires that all individuals complete an official address change with the DOL within 10 days after moving. Not complying with this rule will result in a late fee.

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in Washington

When should I complete a Bill of Sale?
A WA bill of sale should be completed whenever an individual is engaging in the sale/purchase of a used car from a private party. Right after transferring car title, the seller must fill out a Vehicle/Vessel Bill of Sale form, which serves as proof of the sale and helps calculate the use tax that the buyer must pay when registering the vehicle at a DOL office. This form should contain all of the following information:

  • Names of both parties
  • Signatures of both parties
  • Date of sale
  • Selling price
  • Vehicle information
    • Make
    • Model
    • Year
    • VIN
    • Odometer reading

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Washington

When will I need to renew my license?
Since August 11, 2014, the length of validity for a standard drivers license has been extended from five years to six. Thus, Washington drivers license renewal must take place every six years. In addition, drivers have the option of renewing their license up to one year in advance of when it expires.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in Washington

When will I receive a replacement license after applying?
Once a driver has submitted their application for a drivers license copy, they can expect their new credential to arrive in two to four weeks. In the event that the Washington drivers license duplicate does not get there within 45 days, it is recommended that they contact the DOL at drivers@dol.wa.gov.

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Washington Driver’s License or ID Card

Where can I check to see if my license is suspended?
If a driver in Washington has accumulated a number of tickets, there is a good chance that he or she is nearing a drivers license suspension. The easiest way to check is to obtain your personal driving record. This document will show the status of the drivers license and all committed violations. In addition, the Department of Licensing will mail out a notification letter to any driver whose license is about to be suspended, revoked or canceled.

For more information: Suspended License Information for Washington

Where can I find a local tax county collector office?
The Department of Licensing has spread its offices all over the state of Washington. These locations are one-stop shops for obtaining a wide variety of documents related to driving, including car registration replacements. Fortunately, our Licensing Locations page helps you find the closest office as quickly as possible.

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in Washington

Where can I find more information about an ignition interlock device?
Drivers who are charged with a DUI in Washington may be required to install an ignition interlock device in their vehicle after their reinstatement. Others may choose to request an Ignition Interlock Driver License during their suspension period to give themselves some driving privileges during this time. To learn more about ignition interlock, visit the Department of Licensing Ignition Interlock Driver License page

For more information: DUI/DWI Information for Washington

Where can I find my traffic or parking ticket information online?
Since only certain counties will offer drivers the opportunity to pay traffic tickets online, the option for finding ticket information on your digital device depends on whether or not you live in a county that employs this technology. If your county does not allow online payment, simply call the court and request the necessary information.

For more information: Traffic Tickets and Violations in Washington

Where can I get a new drivers license?
There are two places that an applicant can visit to obtain a license to drive in Washington. The first option is to go to a local driver licensing office with all of the necessary documents and payment. The alternative is to get drivers license credentials online. As long as you have a photo learners permit and have never received any driving violations or suspensions, the online option will be available to you.

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver’s License in Washington

Where can I mail my request for a replacement title?
Any request for a duplicate car title in Washington can be sent to one of two locations in Washington:

Remember to enclose payment in the form of a check or money order for the replacement fee.

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Washington

Where can I obtain an ID card?
While residents of Washington have the opportunity to pre-apply for WA identification cards online, each applicant must go in person to a local licensing office in order to complete their application.

For more information: How to apply for a Washington Identification Card

Which types of vehicles need to be insured?
A variety of vehicles must be insured in the state of Washington, including:

  • Passenger vehicles.
  • Pickup trucks.
  • Commercial vehicles.

However, motorcycles and mopeds do not require coverage.

For more information: How To: Save on Washington Auto Insurance

Who can sign for my permit or license if I am under 18?
A parent or legal guardian must be present to sign for a learners permit applicant under the age of 18. The Department of Licensing will not allow a prospective driver to submit their application without such a party present.

For more information: Learner’s Permits for Beginner Drivers in Washington

Why doesn’t a recent traffic ticket I received appear on my driving record?
When checking driving record documentation, one should not be surprised if some information is missing. It takes time for the Department of Licensing to be informed by the court system and more time for the DOL to log this information in your record.

For more information: Your Washington Driving Record

Will I be required to take a vision test for a drivers license renewal?
If performing your Washington drivers license renewal online or by mail, passing a vision test is not required. However, if are not eligible to apply in these ways and must go to a licensing office in person, then you will be required to pass a vision test for a successful renewal.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in Washington

Will I get a drivers license renewal notice in the mail?
Yes, all drivers in the state of Washington should receive a WA drivers license renewal notice by mail. This notice will detail what renewal methods are available to the recipient, including online, by mail and in person.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in Washington

Will I have points against my driver’s license if I get a ticket?
The state of Washington does not employ the typical point system for driving violations. However, violations and traffic fineswill still go on your driving record when you break the rules of the road. Similar to the points system, too many violations in a given period of time will result in drivers license suspension.

For more information: Traffic Tickets and Violations in Washington

Will I have to take an alcohol awareness class to reinstate my driver’s license?
Yes. All residents of the state of Washington who have been convicted of driving under the influence must take a reinstatement course focusing on alcohol education. The courses that are offered will vary by county in the greater Washington area, but each class will cover the dangers of DUIs and how to avoid illegal behaviors in the future.

For more information: DUI/DWI Information for Washington

Will I need to fill out an application to replace my car registration?
Yes. Drivers who are planning to replace car registration documentation must fill out an Affidavit of Loss/Release of Interest/Gross Weight License form. This form can be submitted to a local licensing office in person or by mail, whichever is more convenient to the applicant.

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in Washington

Will I need to present proof of insurance to get a car title replacement?
No. Proof of insurance is not a requirement to obtain a car title copy in Washington. However, car insurance is absolutely necessary to drive in the state. Drivers who are caught not adhering to state minimum insurance requirements will be fined and can have their driving privileges suspended.

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Washington

Will I receive a renewal registration notice in the mail?
Yes, drivers who must renew car registration should receive a renewal notice in the mail when it comes time to get new tabs. However, even if you do not receive a notice in the mail, all drivers are still required to go through the renewal process.

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in Washington

Will my registration expire on my birthday or birth month?
To find out when you need to perform car registration renewal in Washington, check the date lasted on the renewal notice that you receive in the mail. It will list the expiration of your license, as well as the price that you must pay.

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in Washington