Frequently Asked Questions
- register to vote.
- receive state benefits.
- apply for any state license at residential rates.
- seek in-state tuition rates.
- manifest an intent to live or be located in this state on more than a temporary or transient basis in any continuous six-month period.
Please do not wait for out-of-state plates to expire! RCW 46.16.010 states in part:
The licensing of a vehicle in another state by a resident of this state, as defined in RCW 46.16.028, evading the payment of any tax or license fee imposed in connection with registration, is a gross misdemeanor punishable as follows:
- For a first offense, up to one year in the county jail and payment of a fine of five hundred twenty-nine dollars plus twice the amount of delinquent taxes and fees, no part of which may be suspended or deferred;
- For a second or subsequent offense, up to one year in the county jail and payment of a fine of five hundred twenty-nine dollars plus four times the amount of delinquent taxes and fees, no part of which may be suspended or deferred;
- For fines levied under (b) of this subsection, an amount equal to the avoided taxes and fees owed will be deposited in the vehicle licensing fraud account created in the state treasury;
- The avoided taxes and fees shall be deposited and distributed in the same manner as if the taxes and fees were properly paid in a timely fashion.
However, if your boat is registered in another state, it can be used in Washington temporarily as long as the primary use is in the other state.
Self propelled boats are also exempt as are commercial vessels with a valid marine document.
The cost is $16 for an original title and registration. Boats 16 feet and longer are subject to an additional one-half of one percent excise tax on their fair market value.
Find out more by contacting your County Auditor or subagent office.
Documented pleasure vessels are exempt from titling, but are required to be registered with the Department of Licensing. Vessels Documented for commercial use must be registered with the Department of Revenue.
Forward this information and your new address to:
Department of Licensing
PO Box 9909
Olympia, WA 98507-8500
If your name has been changed without obtaining a court order, such as by marriage or divorce, you must bring the title, current registration, if available, and proper identification to the County Auditor or subagents office. In addition, you will be required to complete an affidavit of change of name.
The cost of this transaction is $9.00, licensing fees if applicable, plus minimal service fee if processed at a license subagents office.
To obtain a duplicate title, please submit a request signed by the legal owners with the signatures notarized. If there is a lienholder on the title, the lienholder will have to apply for the duplicate title.
The request must describe the vehicle by year, make, identification number and/or Washington license plate number. Send this information, or take it to any County Auditor or license subagents office with the proper processing fee of $9.00. Subagents charge an additional service fee.
The duplicate title will be mailed in approximately three to four weeks.
Do not stop payment on a check if you have not received your tabs.
I paid off my loan. Now where is my title?
It takes approximately four weeks after the lien holder submits the paperwork for the new title to be issued. You may call any vehicle license agent to check on the status of your title. If the title has not been issued please call the lien holder regarding the date it was forwarded to a vehicle licensing office to have their lien removed. If it has been longer than four weeks, please call the Customer Service Unit at (360) 902-3770 #5.
Vehicle Record Section
Department of Licensing
PO Box 9038
Olympia, WA 98507-9038
Take the inspection form and the vehicle registration to the County Auditor or license subagents office and apply for a new title.
The new title will be branded as rebuilt if the vehicle is newer than 6 years at the time of destruction.
To locate the record of a mobile home, forward your request to:
Department of Licensing
PO Box 2957
Olympia, WA 98507-2957
or FAX to (360) 664-0831
You will need to provide the reason for the request and a description of the mobile home including the year, make, model, identification number and last owner's name.
Title elimination: Require supporting documentation for a title elimination is the same as any title transfer, except a manufactured home application must also be attached. The application, form number TD 420-729 (R12/96), can be obtained from the County Auditor or license subagents office. Follow the instructions on the front of the form.
- Received an honorable discharge or received a discharge for physical reasons with an honorable record, and:
- Served in any branch of the armed forces of the United States between World War I and World War II, or during any period of war, or
- Served in any branch of the armed forces of the United States and received the armed forces or marine corps or navy expeditionary medal, for opposed action on foreign soil.
- Received a service connected disability rating from the Veterans Administration or the military service from which the veteran was discharged, and:
- have lost the use of both hands or one foot, or
- have become blind in both eyes as a result of military service (verification of vision correctable to less that 20/200 may be provided by an ophthalmologist or optometrist), or
- rated by the Veterans Administration or the military service from which the veteran was discharged and, is receiving service connected compensation at the 100% rate expected to exist for more than one year.