Last Updated 8th of July, 2010
How do I update my Washington driver license if I currently have an expired license? Washington
License Renewal for an Expired License in WashingtonIf your drivers license is expired longer than five years, you will be required to retake the knowledge and driving tests. Otherwise, the license renewal process for an expired license is rather straightforward.
Keep in mind that it is illegal to drive with an expired drivers license, regardless if it's been expired for one day or one year. If stopped, you will, at the very least, receive a traffic ticket.
Expired License: Fewer than Five Years
Visit any WA DOL office with:
- Proper identification.
- Cash or a check to pay the $25 driver license renewal fee and a $10 late reinstate license fee.
Expired License: Five Years or More
You will need to reapply for a drivers license, requiring passing all three tests: vision, knowledge, and driving.
Before applying for a new driver license with the DOL, you'll need to prepare for the knowledge test by studying the state's drivers manual and taking at least one online practice test.
When you arrive at the DOL to apply and test, have with you:
- Proof of identity.
- Proof of your Social Security number.
- Cash or a check to pay all applicable fees.
- A vehicle in good working condition.
- Proof of car insurance.
- Another licensed driver.
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