Renew your driver license

Things to know

  • You must be 24–70 years old to renew online or through License eXpress. Other restrictions may apply.
  • You'll need to visit an office if you:
    • Are under 24 or over 70 years old
    • Need to pass the vision screening
    • Need a new photo taken

You have 3 options:

  1. License eXpress
  2. Online (without a License eXpress account)
  3. At a driver licensing office. Be prepared to wait in line. See Tips for visiting an office: Driver licensing offices.

Is your address up-to-date?

Because your residence address is on your driver license, make sure it's updated. If needed, please change your address before you renew.

When can I renew?

You can renew up to:

  • 1 year before your license expires. It usually expires on your birthday.
  • or
  • 60 days after it's expired. We won’t charge a late fee, but you could be penalized by law enforcement.

If your license has been expired over:

Save a trip, skip the line, save some time!

Did you know you may be able to renew your license online? Start an online renewal to find out.

Fees

Your license fee is $9 per year. Most renewal periods are for 6 years. Some drivers were randomly selected to renew less than 6 years. Their fee is adjusted accordingly. Your renewal notice will give you the date and fee. See WA driver license renewal period is changing from 5 to 6 years.

What if I haven't received my driver license yet?

If you don't get it after 30 days, email us CustomerCare@dol.wa.gov.

Are you a twin or triplet?

When you get your driver license or ID card, we may ask if you’re a twin or triplet. Answering this question is strictly voluntary.

We share this information with the Washington State Twin Registry. The Registry will contact you and ask if you’d like to join the Twin Registry. Learn more about the program on the Washington State Twin Registry website.

For military personnel

You don't need to renew during the term of your military service if you're:

  • A member of the armed forces or National Guard on active duty.
  • A reservist called to duty for 180 days or more.
  • The spouse or dependent of an active member of the military.

Your driver license remains valid as long as you're on duty. For more information, see Military personnel.

I received a renewal notice or other correspondence for someone who's deceased, what should I do?

You can ignore the notice or send us a copy of the death certificate by:

  • Email: drvrepfta@dol.wa.gov
  • Fax: 360.570.7034
  • Mail:
    Department of Licensing
    PO Box 9030
    Olympia, WA 98507

The death certificate is issued by the county medical examiner or coroner. After it's issued, the Department of Health notifies us - this can take several months. As soon as we receive the notice, we'll update their record. This should stop all future correspondence.

You don't have to return the person's license or ID card. You can keep it as a memento if you wish or discard it.

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