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Tips for visiting an office: Driver licensing offices

Plan your visit to avoid the crowds.

Best times to visit:

  • Wednesdays, Thursdays, or Fridays.
  • Weekday mornings.


Busiest times:

  • Lunch time.
  • Saturdays.
  • The 1st day the office is open after a holiday.
  • Weekdays after 3 p.m., when children get out of school.

Remember, driver licensing offices have shorter hours on Thursdays because they open an hour later.

Pre-apply online.

If you’re getting your first Washington license, ID card, or permit, you’ll save time at the driver licensing office if you pre-apply online before you go. When you get to the office, just tell us the confirmation ID you got when you pre-applied and we’ll have all the information we need to get started.

Come prepared.

Before you go to the driver licensing office, make sure you have everything you need to:

Be ready to pay your fees

See Fees or call us at 360.902.3900 to find out how much your fees will be before you go to the office. Payment options are:

  • Cash
  • Check
  • MasterCard and American Express credit/debit cards and some Visa debit cards.
    • There’s a vendor-charged fee on all credit/debit card purchases.
    • Credit/debit cards not accepted at Coulee Dam, Davenport, Friday Harbor, Forks, Goldendale, Newport, Republic, and South Bend.

Skip a trip. Go online.

If your renewal notice says you’re eligible to renew your driver license or ID card online, visit our website instead of traveling to a driver licensing office.


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