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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 nearly 1,200 original driver licenses and over 3,500 driver license renewals.
  • Issue or replace nearly 6,700 license plates.
  • Renew the registration of over 24,700 vehicles.
  • Process nearly 3,200 original vehicle titles.
  • Respond to over 2,500 phone calls and nearly 500 emails from customers about vehicle and driver licensing.
  • Process over 3,200 address changes for driver licenses including over 1,200 online.

Every week, we:

  • Sell nearly 4,700 driving records, and send over 528,000 notifications to customers about changes to monitored driving records.
  • Issue nearly 2,400 original enhanced driver licenses.
  • Process over 48,400 driver license, ID card, and tab renewals over the internet.
  • Record over 4,400 driver license suspensions, revocations, cancellations, and disqualifications.
  • Process over 19,800 traffic violations and accident reports.
  • Receive over 28,000 professional license status searches over the internet.
  • Receive over 1,700 Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) filings, and support nearly 5,800 UCC searches.

Every year, we:

  • Collect over 2.8 billion in gross revenue.
  • Issue over 7 million vehicle tab renewal notices, including over 736,000 by email.
  • Collect over 18 billion in fuel tax revenue.
  • Issue or update over 69,000 vessel titles.
  • Register nearly 194,000 vessels.
  • Manage nearly 297,000 professional licenses for individuals and businesses.
  • Issue nearly 8,400 ignition interlock & occupational restricted licenses (hardship licenses).
  • Issue, replace, or renew over 19,700 special design license plates and over 11,500 personalized plates.
  • Process over 8,700 driver hearings and interviews.
  • Process nearly 331,000 destroyed vehicle reports over the internet.
  • Issue or renew over 250,000 permanent and temporary disabled parking placards.
  • Support over 2 million firearms database inquiries from law enforcement.
  • Issue nearly 30,800 professional licenses to individuals and businesses, and renew over 116,000.

Related information

Business and Professions Division Overview - December 2016

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