Renew your driver license

Renew your license:

  • Online or using your License eXpress account:
    • You must be at least 24-70 years old to renew online or through License eXpress. Other restrictions may apply.
    • If you're under 24 or over 70 years old, you need to visit an office.
  • Or
  • By mail, if your renewal letter gives you this option
  • Or
  • At a driver licensing office (all ages):
    • Pass the vision screening
    • Get a new photo taken
    • Pay the fee

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.
  • 60 days after your license has expired. We don't charge any extra fees. Law enforcement could penalize you for driving with an expired license.

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.

If your license expired over:

If you renew before you're 21 your new license will be in the vertical format for minors. To get a horizontal-format license, you must be 21 years old.

License renewal periods have changed to 6 years for most drivers. Some drivers are being randomly selected to receive a less-than-six-year driver license in order to make the transition as smooth as possible. Your renewal notice will say what your next renewal period will be, and you will only pay for the number of years your license is valid.

Your license fee will remain at $9 per year. If you have any endorsements, such as a motorcycle or CDL, you’ll pay an additional year for them too. See also: 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, contact us at

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. Periodically, as a Twin Registry member you may be invited to participate in scientific studies developed by prominent scientists from around the world. Learn more about this exciting 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:
  • 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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