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DOL, Legends announce closures


March 18, 2020

The Washington Department of Licensing (DOL) has announced it is closing its offices effective yesterday, March 17.

"Governor Jay Inslee signed a statewide emergency proclamation regarding efforts to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus, approving the temporary suspension of two provisions in state law," DOL states on its website. "This will allow us to take the following actions to promote social distancing. These waivers are in effect 30 days from their effective dates unless renewed.

"Effective immediately, we will not administer vision tests for driver license applicants. We currently do not have adequate supplies to clean the machines. Additionally, vision exams have a 99.6 percent pass rate. We believe this move is prudent given the circumstances.

"Effective March 23 (because we need time to implement), more people will be able to renew their driver license or ID card online. We temporarily suspended laws and rules that:

- Require residents to visit an office to renew every other time.

- Prohibited customers over 70 from renewing online."

The DOL says it expects to open its offices by this Monday, March 23, though it may need to extend the closure.

Legends Casino in Toppenish, normally open 24/7, announced it was closing at midnight Monday through March 31.


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