What we do

Every working day, week, and year, we’re serving Washington residents. We:

  • Provide information to law enforcement.
  • License and regulate drivers.
  • Register vehicles and vessels.
  • Manage over 44 professional and business licensing programs.
  • Ensure the fair and efficient collection of state revenue

For a quick look at what we do each year, see:

Every working day, we:

  • Issue over 1,200 original driver licenses and about 3,700 driver license renewals.
  • Renew the registration of over 28,000 vehicles.
  • Process over 3,000 original vehicle titles.
  • Respond to nearly 2,230 phone calls and about 360 e-mails from customers about vehicle and driver licensing.
  • Issue or replace about 6,800 license plates.
  • Process over 5,000 address changes for driver licenses and vehicles, including nearly 2,600 online.

Every week, we:

  • Send nearly 452,000 notifications to customers about changes to monitored driving records and sell about 41,000 driving records.
  • Issue over 2,300 original enhanced driver licenses.
  • Process over 46,000 driver licenses, ID cards, and vehicle tab renewals over the Internet.
  • Record nearly 4,500 driver license suspensions, revocations, cancellations, and disqualifications.
  • Process over 23,800 traffic violations and accident reports.
  • Receive over 26,000 professional license status searches over the Internet.
  • Receive over 1,600 Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) filings, and support nearly 8,000 UCC searches.
  • Process nearly 9,000 vehicle reports of sale over the Internet.

Every year, we:

  • Collect over $3 billion in gross revenue.
  • Issue about 6.8 million vehicle tab renewal notices, including about 777,000 by e-mail.
  • Collect over $1.6 billion in fuel tax revenue.
  • Issue or update over 50,700 vessel titles.
  • Register over 230,000 vessels.
  • Manage nearly 272,000 professional licenses for individuals and businesses.
  • Issue over 8,400 ignition interlock & occupational restricted licenses (hardship licenses).
  • Issue, replace, or renew over 17,700 special design license plates and over 10,000 personalized plates.
  • Process about 8,800 driver hearings and interviews.
  • Issue nearly 900 original vehicle dealer licenses, and renew over 4,000 vehicle dealer licenses.
  • Process over 86,350 destroyed vehicle reports over the Internet.
  • Issue or renew over 223,000 permanent and temporary disabled parking placards.
  • Support over 2.8 million firearms database inquiries from law enforcement.
  • Issue over 29,000 professional licenses to individuals and businesses, and renew over 111,000.

Related information

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