Division of Vocational Rehabilitation

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The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation office lobbies will be closed to the public until further notice. Customers are able to contact their local DVR office for service-related questions. For all other inquiries, please call 1-800-637-5627. We appreciate your patience as we respond to the COVID-19 crisis.

Washington State Vocational Rehabilitation 100th Anniversary Celebration Video on YouTube 

Join in the celebration along with other Washington State-based Vocational Rehabilitation customers, businesses and employers, VR affiliated programs and educational institutions, and VR professionals.

Re-watch, or watch for the first time, the celebration program!

The video program showcases personal VR stories as told by Vocational Rehabilitation customers, as well as remarks by past WA DVR Director Robert Hines, Department of Services for the Blind Acting Director Michael MacKillop, and past WA DVR Director and former RSA Commissioner Lynnae Ruttledge. Employers that advocate and support VR, and VR professionals, share their passion and experiences. 

Some DSHS offices close foot traffic response COVID-19

DVR implements new measures in response to COVID-19

Due to COVID-19, DVR has taken the following steps to protect staff and the public:

  • Reconfiguring offices to promote social distancing
  • Transitioning most DVR staff to telework from alternate locations, such as their homes
  • Offering support and services to customers by phone or other remote methods
  • Working closely with vendors to maintain services while mitigating exposure

Thank you for your assistance in promoting healthy communities and workspaces.

DVR increases wait list releases from 300 to 400 individuals, starting June 1, 2021

DVR now has resources to initiate services to 400 individuals per month from the Priority for Services category 3 list.

In June 2021, DVR increased wait list releases from 300 to 400. On June 1, 183 of the 400 were released from Priority for Services category 2, which successfully released all remaining individuals in that priority category. DVR is excited to announce that Priority for Services category 2 (individuals with significant disabilities) is now open continuously (no waiting). This is in addition to Priority for Services category 1 (individuals with most significant disabilities), which remains open continuously (no waiting).

The remaining amount of the 400 individuals released June 1 were from Priority for Services category 3.

Services are initiated to individuals on the waiting list for services based on the date they applied for services with DVR. Each month, DVR will initiate services to the 400 individuals with the earliest application dates and who have been on the waiting list the longest. 

When DVR does not have adequate financial resources or staff capacity to serve all eligible individuals, it must establish a waiting list for services. Waiting list rules are established by the federal Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) under a provision called “Order of Selection for Services” (34 CFR 361.36). These rules require that DVR serve individuals with most significant disabilities as a priority.

DVR reevaluates its service delivery capacity regularly to ensure it continues serving the greatest number of eligible individuals possible in the most effective manner.

While DVR remains under Order of Selection, individuals determined eligible in priority category 1 continue to receive services.

Priority category 1

Open continuously (no waiting)​

Priority category 2

Open continuously (no waiting)

Priority category 3

Effective Aug. 1, cases with application dates before May 31, 2019, will be served. 

Priority category 4


Priority category 5


*Please visit the DVR website regularly to keep informed of the priority category 3 status. Updates will be posted at the beginning of each month.*


What We Do



Transforming lives by assisting individuals with disabilities to fully participate in their communities through meaningful employment.


Dedicated professionals leading the field of vocational rehabilitation, delivering exceptional experiences to every customer, every time.


  • Transparency through clear, honest communication with customers, staff, and partners
  • Acting with Integrity, upholding the ethics and values of our profession
  • Promoting a culture of Empowerment for customers and staff
  • Advancing rehabilitation practices through Innovation
  • Collaboration with customers, staff, and partners that produces results
  • Commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in all its forms to achieve excellence

DVR believes everyone should have the opportunity to pursue meaningful work, and that employment further improves a person’s ability to live independently, make choices, and contribute to one’s community. DVR provides people with disabilities the tools, supports, and services required to achieve successful employment, which hopefully will result in a greater quality of life. With offices located throughout Washington State, DVR has been a community partner for more than 80 years.


 Services We Provide

  • We provide individualized vocational rehabilitation counseling and employment services and supports to people with disabilities who want to work but face substantial barriers in finding meaningful and sustained employment.
  • We provide technical assistance and training to employers regarding the recruiting and hiring of people with disabilities.