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Driver’s Licenses

While stationed at Naval Station Everett, you have two choices for driver’s licenses: Washington or home of record state or territory. Active-duty members of the armed forces or foreign military on temporary duty with the armed forces may operate a motor vehicle in Washington if they have a valid driver’s license from their home state, province, territory or country. Some states allow this same privilege for their spouses and children that are at least 16 years old. Civilian  employees are required to obtain a Washington state driver’s license within 30 days of  establishing residency.

Many states have “moratorium” laws for active-duty personnel: If you had a valid license when you entered the service, it continues to be valid as long as you are on active duty. Such laws are often in place for spouses and dependents of active-duty personnel as well. Check with your state to make sure they have such laws. When your license is due to expire, write or call your issuing state’s Department of Motor Vehicles to notify them that you are in the military and are currently stationed out of state. They will explain the state requirements to keep your license valid. Don’t assume the military clause is automatic.

Washington driver’s licenses are renewed every five years on your birthday. Written tests are given at driver’s license stations located throughout the state. The nearest ones to the naval station are located in south Everett on Evergreen Way and at Smokey Point. You can pick up a “State of Washington Driver’s Guide” at either of these locations or any other license station. For more information on driver’s licenses in Washington, visit www.dol.wa.gov.

 

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