Renew your driver license

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As of August 11, 2014 most driver license renewal periods changed from 5 to 6 years. Your renewal notice it will say what your next renewal cycle will be.

The cost for your license will remain at $9 per year. Also, 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.

If you’re 24 – 70 years old and didn’t renew online last time (other restrictions may apply), renew:


  • At a driver licensing office where you will need to:
    • Pass the vision screening.
    • Get a new photo taken.
    • Pay the fee.
  • By mail (If you got our letter)

Is your address up-to-date?

Because your residence address is on your driver license, make sure it’s up to date. If needed, please change your address before you renew.

When can I renew my license?

You can renew up to 1 year before your license expires. Typically, it expires on your birthday every 6 years.

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.

Other options when you renew

  • Become an organ donor.
  • Voter registration
  • Twin/Triplet registry – When you renew you'll be asked if you’re a twin or triplet. Answering this question is voluntary. We share this information with the University of Washington Twin Registry. They'll contact you and ask if you’d like to join the Twin Registry. 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 UW 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.

When will I get my license?

You should receive it in 2-4 weeks. If you don't get it within 45 days, please contact us at

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

You can ignore the notice or, to avoid getting future notices, send us a copy of the death certificate by:

  • Email:
  • Fax: 360.570.7034
  • Mail:
    Dept 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. When 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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