Seattle Municipal Court Hon. Karen Donohue, Presiding

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For questions regarding re-licensing, please contact the Court at (206) 684-5600.

Drivers can check the status of their license or ID card at

The Municipal Court of Seattle Re-licensing process helps clients obtain and keep a valid driver's license.

If your driver's license has been suspended for unpaid traffic tickets, the Court's Relicensing Coordinator can tell you what you need to do to reinstate your driver's license.

If you are currently charged with DWLS3 (Driving While License Suspended, 3rd degree) or criminal NVOL (No Valid Operator's License), you may be able to have the charge dismissed.

The City's Relicensing Program is designed to help people in two different situations:

  • Those currently charged with DWLS3 or NVOL
  • Those currently NOT charged with DWLS3 or NVOL

If you Are Charged With DWLS3 or NVOL

Those currently charged with DWLS3 or NVOL may be able to get the charge dismissed by setting up a time payment plan or performing community service.
   Participating defendants will be allowed to continue any pending DWLS3 or criminal NVOL charges up to six months. Participants who eliminate their debt to the City (through time payment and/or community service) and maintain law abiding behavior will be eligible for dismissal of their DWLS3 or criminal NVOL charges.

To be eligible for the Relicensing Program, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Suspension of driving privileges must be in the third degree, based upon unpaid fines or failure to respond to a ticket or appear for a hearing;
  • Be a first-time participant of the City's relicensing program;
  • Cannot presently be on a deferred prosecution for DUI or Physical Control; and
  • Cannot have been involved in an accident or charged with a crime in relation to the DWLS3 or criminal NVOL charges.

How to Enroll

Most people currently charged will be scheduled for a Friday Intake hearing in Courtroom 302. The Relicensing Coordinator will be present to explain the program to those charged with DWLS3 or criminal NVOL, screen defendants for eligibility, and enroll participants.

If you Are NOT Charged With DWLS3 or NVOL

Those not currently charged with DWLS or NVOL, but who have a driver's license that is suspended or about to be suspended due to unpaid Seattle infractions, may be able to reduce their debt and set up a time payment plan. Indigent defendants may be able to perform community service instead of paying.
   If your license is suspended, but you are not currently charged with DWLS3 or criminal NVOL, the Relicensing Coordinator will be available for walk-in enrollment opportunities at Customer Service Window 11 (on the first floor) on the first and third Tuesdays of each month from 1:00 - 5:00 pm.

You can verify the status of your license at

Program Contact Information

For questions regarding re-licensing, please contact the Court at (206) 684-5600.

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