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Department of Licensing

RCW 46.01

The Department of Licensing issues more than 1.4 million driver licenses and identification cards each year to more than 6 million card holders throughout the state and licenses more than 7 million vehicles each year. The agency also licenses 44 professions and businesses, and collects more than $2.9 billion a year in revenue that funds the state’s transportation system.

Agency Mission

With a strong commitment to great service, we advance public safety and consumer protection through licensing, regulation and education, and we collect revenue that supports our state’s transportation system.
Request 441,527,000
Net change from current biennium 25,740,000 Increase
Percent change from current biennium 6.2% Increase

Operating Budget: Summary

Appropriated Funds

2017-19 Appropriations Appropriated Funds Expenditures
Amount Estimated Balance   2015-17 Actual 2017-19 Estimated 2019-21 Proposed
3,215,000 Highway Safety Account - Federal 1,202,395 3,215,000 1,294,000
329,000 329,000 Motor Vehicle Account - Federal 85,417
Highway Safety Account - Private/Local 35,227
4,909,000 Motor Vehicle Account - Private/Local 1,799,000 4,909,000 7,520,000
3,833,000 General Fund - Basic Account - State 2,662,679 3,833,000 9,283,000
1,203,000 Architects' License Account - State 876,195 1,203,000 1,220,000
3,926,000 Professional Engineers' Account - State 3,580,207 3,926,000 4,288,000
11,547,000 Real Estate Commission Account - State 9,950,890 11,547,000 12,000,000
34,000 Marine Fuel Tax Refund Account - State 8,000 34,000 34,000
3,469,000 Uniform Commercial Code Account - State 2,233,108 3,469,000 3,003,000
276,000 Real Estate Education Program Accou - State 81,642 276,000 276,000
1,870,000 Real Estate Appraiser Commission - State 1,558,887 1,870,000 1,638,000
21,985,000 Business and Professions Account - State 15,919,274 21,985,000 22,987,000
415,000 Real Estate Research Account - State 415,000 415,000 415,000
3,000,000 3,000,000 License Plate Technology Account - State 3,200,000
4,607,000 Motorcycle Safety Education Account - State 4,177,191 4,607,000 5,112,000
888,000 State Wildlife Account - State 987,190 888,000 537,000
254,221,000 Highway Safety Account - State 195,622,646 254,221,000 264,793,000
83,819,000 Motor Vehicle Account - State 90,366,088 83,819,000 87,566,000
75,000 Firearms Range Account - State 75,000 74,000
5,261,000 Ignition Interlock Device Revolving - State 4,709,229 5,261,000 5,932,000
Funeral and Cemetery Account - State
4,000 Landscape Architects' License Acct - State 4,000 69,000
Appraisal Management Company Acct - State
Limousine Carriers Account - State 113,000
6,903,000 DOL Services Account - State 6,347,852 6,903,000 6,817,000
183,000 Concealed Pistol License Renew Acct - State 183,000 140,000
172,000 Abandoned Rec Vehicle Disposal Acct - State 172,000 2,925,000
53,000 Geologists' Account - State 53,000 53,000 53,000
95,000 Pension Funding Stabilization Acct - State 95,000 96,000
33,000 Derelict Vessel Removal Account - State 32,000 33,000 33,000
416,325,000 3,329,000 Total Appropriated Funds 345,903,118 412,996,000 438,218,000

Non-Appropriated Funds

2017-19 Non-Appropriated Funds Expenditures
Amount Balance Non-Apropriated Funds 2015-17 Actual 2017-19 Estimated 2019-21 Proposed
(1,648,000) Funeral and Cemetery Account - Nonappropriated 1,429,169 1,648,000 1,887,000
(357,000) Landscape Architects' License Acct - Nonappropriated 333,763 357,000 382,000
(184,000) Appraisal Management Company Acct - Nonappropriated 153,685 184,000 429,000
State Agency Parking Account - Nonappropriated 35,292
(602,000) Geologists' Account - Nonappropriated 498,160 602,000 611,000
(2,791,000) Total Non-Appropriated Funds 2,450,069 2,791,000 3,309,000

Operating Budget: Program Summary

Program Title Actual Estimated Proposed
Actual Estimated Estimated Proposed Proposed
Annual Total 184,455,297 184,550,398 74,814,440 219,050,000 222,477,000

Operating Budget: Change from Preceding Biennium

Actual Estimated Proposed
Amount Percent Amount Percent Amount Percent
55,411,017 18.9% (88,988,349) (25.5%) 182,162,162 70.2%

Employment Summary

  Actual Estimated Proposed
  2016-17 Actual 2017-18 Estimated 2018-19 Estimated 2019-20 Proposed 2020-21 Proposed
FTE Staff Years 1,299.8 1,394.9 1,439.1 1,524.4 1,578.3