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What you should know if your license or car tabs are expired in Washington

The Department of Licensing extended expiration dates of driver licenses, but there is no guidance on car tabs.

SEATTLE, Wash. — Now that people are not driving as much, and with state offices closed, people have missed opportunities to renew their driver's licenses or renew their car tabs in person.

Gov. Jay Inslee extended the deadline for driver’s license renewals by 90 days, and many people can simply renew them online

When you click on the Department of Licensing’s website, the information is on the front page. Once you get started, you’ll need a credit card and will be charged a 3% fee. If you don’t have a credit card, you can plug in your bank account information.

You’ll fill out the online form with your name, birth date, driver's license number or ID card number, social security number if applicable, and current address. Once that’s approved, you can print out the temporary license, but you won’t have a photo, so you cannot use it solely as an ID.

As far as car tabs, the governor has not announced any extensions yet, though when asked by reporters, he said it was an interesting question and would be considered.

Washington State Patrol trooper Ryan Burke said there is no official policy, but the agency was not taking any urgent action on ticketing people with expired tabs. Tacoma Police officer Wendy Haddow also said expired tabs were currently not a priority.

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