How to renew your license: Driver training instructor

When to renew

You must renew your license every 2 years. Your completed renewal application packet must be received on or before the expiration date. There is no grace period for the renewal of an instructor license, if you allow your license to expire it will be canceled, and you must re-apply and take all the necessary exams.

How to renew

Bi-annual license renewal

  1. Mail the Driver Training School Instructor License Application:
    • Select ‘renewal–$100 application fee’.
    • Include 8 hours proof of continuing professional development.
    • Include non-refundable renewal fee – Check/money order payable to Department of Licensing.
  2. Mail documents and fees to:
    DOL BPD
    Driver Training Schools
    PO Box 3907
    Seattle, WA 98124-3907
  3. Allow at least 3 weeks for processing.

Each 5th year renewal

  1. Mail the Driver Training School Instructor License Application:
    • Select ‘renewal–$100 application fee’.
    • Include 8 hours proof of continuing professional development.
  2. Get fingerprinted at a police department or any fingerprinting service approved by WA State Patrol.
    • Bring your driver license or other form of photo ID.
    • Pay the fingerprinting service fee.
    • Don’t bend the fingerprint card. We will reject any bent or folded cards.
    • Be sure your fingerprint card is filled out completely. Provide your:
      1. Identifying information: Name, any aliases, birth date, citizenship, residence address and other identifying information.
      2. Employer and address: Name and address of the driving school where you’ll work.
      3. Reason fingerprinted: Enter these words exactly "Driver Training School Instructor RCW 46.82.325".
      4. ORI: Enter "WA920390Z".
  3. Application and FBI background check fees (non-refundable) – Check/money order payable to Department of Licensing.
  4. Mail documents and fees to:
    DOL BPD
    Driver Training Schools
    PO Box 3907
    Seattle, WA 98124-3907

Late applications will not be processed

Your completed renewal application packet must be received on or before the expiration date. There is no grace period for the renewal of an instructor license, if your license is allowed to expire it will be canceled and you must re-apply and take all the necessary exams. See How to get your license.

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