State licensing director announces retirement

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Washington State Department of Licensing Director Liz Luce, a Vancouver resident, announced her retirement today after more than six years with the state agency.

Luce has served with Gov. Chris Gregoire’s administration since March 2005. She will retire effective June 30.

Luce decided to retire in order to spend more time with family and at home in Vancouver, officials said.

According to her office, Luce’s highlights in the Department of Licensing include creating the country’s first driver’s license that can be used as an alternative to a U.S. passport when traveling through American land and sea border crossing stations; expanding online services on the department’s website; and reducing costs by creating email vehicle renewal reminders.