Washington State Department of Licensing (DOL) announced they are preparing to launch a new driver licensing system at the end of August and customers need to be aware of office closures and service disruptions. In order to transition from the old system to the new system, driver licensing offices will be closed Friday, August 31 through September 3. In addition, vehicle licensing subagent offices, including Auto Licensing of Ferndale, may be open, but unable to provide licensing services.
Beginning August 26, and throughout the weekend, many DOL online services, like those used to buy car tabs and renew driver licenses, will also be unavailable, DOL officials warn.
This is the second in a series of overhauls to DOL’s legacy systems, a project referred to as the Driver and Vehicle System project (DRIVES) according to officials. The first phase, an upgrade of vehicle licensing systems, was completed in December of 2016. A third project is planned for the future to address the agency’s Business and Professional Licensing systems.
This second phase will reportedly improve services to citizens, agency business partners and the state’s transportation system. State and federal agencies that rely on DOL data for public safety, licenses, identification cards and revenue will also benefit from the new system.