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How soon do I need to apply for my Washington driver license?
If you carry a license from another state, you must apply for a driver license within 30 days of becoming a Washington resident. You are considered a resident when you establish a permanent home in this state, register to vote, receive state benefits, apply for any state license, or seek in-state tuition rates.
Where do I get a new license?
There are over 50 driver licensing offices (DOL) throughout the Washington state. A complete listing of driver licensing offices is available on their website at www.dol.wa.gov
What type of Identification do I need to bring?
You must present documents that establish your identity by linking your name, residence, photograph, and signature. Visit their website or a driver licensing office (DOL) for a list of acceptable identification and residence documents.
Will I need to take any tests?
If you already have a valid out-of-state license, you will only need to pass a vision test and medical screening. You will not be required to take a written test or a drive test. If you are getting a new license, you will need to take a knowledge and drive test. Go to www.dol.wa.gov/driverslicense/testing for complete information.
When will I receive my new driver license?
When you have met the licensing requirements, we can issue you a temporary driver license. Your new license will be processed and mailed to you within 10-14 days. If you do not receive it within 30 days. Please return to any driver licensing office.
Do I need insurance?
If you operate a motor vehicle registered in Washington state, you must have liability insurance and carry a current insurance identification card with you.
Does Washington have a different driver license for teens?
Yes, Washington has an intermediate driver license for teens ages 16 to 18. For a complete description of the program, including restrictions, please visit the "Services" section of our website. If a teen already has a license from another state and is moving to Washington, they need to provide the out-of-state license, provide proof that they completed a qualifying traffic safety education class with classroom and behind-the-wheel, be at least 16 years of age, and have parental permission. Their parent must provide their own identification documents and one that proves their relationship to the minor (such as a birth certificate).
How soon do I need to license my vehicle?
If you own a vehicle licensed in another State, your vehicle must be licensed in the state within 30 days of becoming a Washington resident. You are considered a resident when you register to vote, receive state benefits, apply for any state license at residential rates, or seek in-state tuition rates. You could receive a traffic fine. If you are a resident and do not license your vehicle in this state.
Where do I go to license my vehicle?
You can license your vehicle at any vehicle and vessel licensing office throughout the state, including County Auditor's offices. For a complete list of offices and their hours of operation, please visit their website.
What will I need to license my vehicle?
You will need the following:
How do I get a personalized or specialty plate?
A wide variety of specialty and personalized plates are available. Some have eligibility requirements. For more information, please visit their website.
How do I get disabled parking privileges?
Complete a Disabled Parking Application for Individuals form - and take it to a vehicle licensing office. The forms are available at any driver or vehicle licensing office, or from our website.