About our director

Pat Kohler, Director of the Washington State Department of Licensing

Pat Kohler, Director of the Washington State Department of Licensing, was appointed by Governor Jay Inslee, June 1, 2013.

She is charged with overseeing the licensing and regulation of drivers, vehicles and vessels registration, and the management of over 44 professional and business licensing programs. In addition, she ensures the fair and efficient collection of over $2.8 billion in gross state revenue annually.

With over 30 years of progressive professional experience and documented success in Washington state government, Pat most recently served as the Director of the Washington State Liquor Control Board overseeing the daily operations and the regulatory and enforcement functions for more than 17,000 liquor licenses. In 2012 she oversaw the privatization of liquor (Initiative 1183) in the State of Washington and the implementation of the new regulatory system for Cannabis.

Pat is a graduate of Central Washington University with a B.S. in Accounting and is a Certified Public Accountant. She achieved LEAN Six Sigma Green Belt Certification from the University of Washington in July 2012.

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