Driving and Commuting
Snohomish County has five major routes that connect the county to the rest of the state and points beyond. There are four north-south routes: Interstate 5, I-405, state Route 9 and SR 99. The only complete east-west route is U.S. Route 2, which ends just a few miles east of NS Everett.
The Washington State Department of Transportation offers commuter options at www.wsdot.wa.gov/choices.
The WSDOT provides free, real-time traffic information, including traffic maps and cameras, on its website, but you can also download its free mobile app for iOS and Android devices. Drivers can also subscribe to nearly 200 specialized email or text alerts from WSDOT to help them know traffic conditions, mountain pass closures and more before they go. Go to www.wsdot.com/traffic and click on “Travel Alerts.”
The Washington Traffic Safety Commission is the state’s designated highway safety office. It leads statewide efforts and builds partnerships to save lives and prevent injuries on roadways for the health, safety and benefit of communities. For information about distracted driving, pedestrians and cyclists, school zones and impaired driving — including alcohol, marijuana and other drug use — visit www.wtsc.wa.gov or call 360-725-9860.
Washington State Department of Licensing
5313 Evergreen Way
Everett, WA 98203 425-356-2966
18023 Highway 99 N, Suite E
Lynnwood, WA 98037 425-672-3406
3704 172nd St. NE, Suite K1
Arlington, WA 98223 360-653-2188
The Washington State Department of Licensing issues driver’s licenses and instruction permits, renews licenses and ID cards, provides copies of your driving record, registers cars and boats, and offers other driving-related services. Find many of the required forms and general information at www.dol.wa.gov/forms.html?fldt.
Military personnel and their spouses who are stationed in Washington are issued drivers with the word “military” in place of an expiration date. These individuals don’t have to renew their driver licenses as long as they are:
- Members of the armed forces on active duty
- Members of the National Guard or reservists called to duty for 180 days or more
- Spouses, domestic partners and dependents of military personnel who occupy the same residence as the person on active duty
By law, you have 30 days to get a Washington driver’s license after you’ve moved here. If you’re registering vehicles, you need to obtain your driver’s license first.
You are considered a Washington resident when you do any of the following:
- Register to vote
- Receive state benefits
- Get any Washington state license at resident rates
- Receive in-state tuition fees
Washington spells out what is required for licensing and insurance under various scenarios in its Washington Driver Guide, which can be downloaded at www.dol.wa.gov/driverslicense/guide.html. Military members and veterans may be entitled to certain DMV exemptions and allowances. For more information on military and veteran exceptions and requirements, visit the website.
Applications associated with driving and vehicle registration are available online at www.dol.wa.gov/vehicleregistration/military-inwa.html, including DMV forms, requests for driving records and more.
Washington prohibits drivers from making calls on handheld wireless telephones while operating a motor vehicle (a hands-free device is acceptable); novice drivers are barred from all cell phone use. Texting while driving is prohibited statewide for all drivers.
Washington State Department of Transportation
Visit the Washington State Department of Transportation website for interactive maps, information about road closures and travel advisories and to view live traffic cameras.