Division of Vocational Rehabilitation

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The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation offices 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.

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 releases individuals from priority category 2 waiting list

Beginning Sept. 3, 2019, approximately 200 individuals in priority category 2 were released off DVR’s waiting list.

Thanks to additional funding from the 2019 Washington State Legislature, DVR will be able to continue releasing a limited number of individuals from the waiting list.

Depending on available funding, individuals will be released off the priority category 2 waiting list on the first business day of each month through June 2020.

On Nov. 1, 2017, DVR was required by federal law to implement an Order of Selection because DVR did not have sufficient resources to serve all eligible customers.

Under Order of Selection, services are prioritized first under priority category 1 for those individuals with the most-significant disabilities.


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

Effective Aug. 3, applications with a start date of April 16, 2018, or earlier, will be released.

Priority category 3


Priority category 4


Priority category 5


*Please visit the DVR website regularly to keep informed of the priority category 2 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 Diversity, Equity, 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.