Washington residents will soon have access to a new, modernized driver licensing system, the Department of Licensing announced last week.
In order to make the transition over to the new system, driver licensing offices will be closed from August 31 through September 3. DOL phone and online services, including car tab purchases and driver license renewals, will be unavailable as early as August 26.
“We encourage customers to come in early to complete their driver license and vehicle transactions to avoid the rush leading up to the new system cutover weekend,” Teresa Berntsen, DOL director, said in a statement. “If you need to visit our offices, come in early, or skip the trip and renew by accessing our online services.”
This is the second phase in a three-phase project called DRIVES. The first phase, which was completed in December 2016, updated vehicle licensing systems. A third phase will improve systems for business and professional licensing.