State warns customers about driver’s license scam

November 15, 2011

By Staff

State licensing officials urged residents to beware of a bogus website claiming to be the “official provider of Washington driver license forms.”

The website came to the state Department of Licensing’s attentions after customers came across the language and called the agency.

The website asks customers to pay $24.95, although the message is not clear about what the payment is for — but the payment does not renew a driver’s license.

“The only ‘official provider’ of Department of Licensing forms is the Department of Licensing, and they are free,” agency Director Alan Haight said in a statement.

Customers can ensure the website is legitimate by checking the URL.

Official Department of Licensing sites include www.dol.wa.gov in the address. Browsers on secure portions of the website, such as the driver’s license renewal section, display a padlock icon or a similar image, and a https:// as the prefix of the address, to denote the area is secure.

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