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April 2017

Notice any new drivers?

If you think there are some new drivers on our highways and byways, you are not mistaken.

Figures from the state's Department of Licensing show 202,304 out-of-state drivers obtained a Washington driver license during 2016, which was an increase of 5.5 percent from 2015. On average, Washington's DOL issued 3,890 licenses each week to drivers who migrated to Washington.

During February, state officials issued 12,413 licenses to relocating drivers who moved to King County. That accounted for nearly 38 percent of the total. Of these, nearly 21 percent were from California.

Rounding out the top 5 states with the most drivers migrating into Washington were Oregon (#2), Texas (#3), Arizona (#4) and Idaho (#5).

Within King County, 11 percent of the driver registrations were from outside U.S. states, led by India. In nearby counties, the biggest source of new driver registrations from outside the U.S. were Guam (in Kitsap County), American Samoa (Pierce) and Canada (Snohomish).

New residents from outside the state have 30 days to obtain a Washington driver license. Anyone registering vehicles must first have a license.