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2. Gather the information you ll need

Find out how much it will cost by contacting a vehicle licensing office location .

3. Complete all necessary forms

  • Vehicle/Vessel Bill of Sale Completed by you and the seller.
    • Enter sale price This is used to calculate the use tax .
    • Enter zero if it s a gift or inheritance.
  • Vehicle Certificate of Ownership (Title) Application Sign it in front of a:
    • notary public, or
    • licensing agent at an office .

4. Submit your forms and payment

Submit the following to an office :

  • Vehicle/Vessel Bill of Sale,
  • Vehicle Certificate of Ownership (Title) Application,
  • The current vehicle title, and
  • Payment contact an office for the exact amount.

If needed, also submit:

  • Emissions testing report,
  • Affidavit of Loss/Release of Interest, or
  • Odometer Disclosure Statement.

Getting your title

How quickly do you want your title?

  • You can visit or mail your forms and payment to an office .
  • It will take 8 10 weeks to get your title.

If you need it faster than 8 10 weeks:

  • You can visit or mail your forms and fees to a Quick Title office * .
  • It ll cost $50 plus the title fees.

* Note: Quick titles aren t available for snowmobiles, vehicles or boats reported as stolen, insurance or wrecker-destroyed vehicles and boats, or vehicles with WA Rebuilt on the title.

5. Get new license plates

Since the vehicle has changed ownership, you ll need to get new plates.

There are exceptions Plates don t need to be replaced if:

  • You re removing a deceased spouse or domestic partner from the title.
  • You got your vehicle from:
    • your spouse or domestic partner,
    • a family member as a gift or inheritance, or
    • a trust in which the registered owner or their immediate family members are the beneficiaries of the trust.

6. Add the vehicle to your License eXpress account

  • See when your vehicle s tabs are due.
  • Make sure your address is up-to-date.
  • Sign-up or update email renewal notices and more.

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Getting a driver license: Mandatory insurance

If you drive a vehicle that is required to be registered in Washington State, you must have one of the following:

The auto insurance policy must have limits of at least:

  • $25,000 of bodily injury or death of 1 person in any 1 accident.
  • $50,000 of bodily injury or death of any 2 people in any 1 accident.
  • $10,000 of injury to or destruction of property of others in any 1 accident.

Required proof of auto insurance

Any time you drive in Washington, you must be prepared to show your auto insurance identification card to law enforcement. You will get this identification card from your auto insurance company when you buy a policy. The card must include all of the following:

  • Name of the insurance company.
  • Policy number.
  • Effective date of the policy.
  • Expiration date of the policy.
  • Description of the year, make, or model of the insured vehicles, or the name of the insured driver. The word fleet may be used for more than 5 vehicles owned by the same person or business.

Failing to show this proof of insurance is a traffic infraction. Knowingly providing false evidence of coverage is a misdemeanor.

If you have 26 or more vehicles, you may qualify for self-insurance. For more information, contact us at:

Driver Records

Department of Licensing

PO Box 9030

Olympia, WA 98507-9030

Required proof of self insurance

Any time you operate a vehicle in Washington, you must be prepared to show your self insurance certificate to law enforcement. The certificate may be printed on any size document and must include all of the following:

  • Self insurance certificate number we issued to you.
  • Effective date of the certificate.
  • Description of the year, make, or model of the covered vehicles, or the name of the covered driver. The word fleet may be used in place of the vehicle description.

Failing to show proof is a traffic infraction. Knowingly providing false evidence of coverage is a misdemeanor.

If you want to apply for a certificate of deposit

  1. Submit the Financial Responsibility Application and Affidavit form to us.
  2. After we ve received your form. we ll confirm you qualify. If you qualify, we ll mail or email you to request that you, your financial institution, or securities firm submit the following within 30 days.
    • Assignment of Monies or Securities for Financial Responsibility and
    • Financial statements

If we don t receive all documents within 30 days. we ll send you a denial letter.

If we don t receive proof of payment. we can t process your application.

What s the minimum deposit amount?

The certificate of deposit must be for at least $60,000. You can make a deposit of collateral with us (DOL) or in a bank account set up for the State of Washington.

You must show proof of your certificate of deposit

Any time you operate a vehicle in Washington, you must be prepared to show proof of your certificate of deposit to law enforcement. The information may be printed on any size document and include the following:

  • Certificate number issued by us (DOL) and
  • Name of the covered driver.

Failing to show proof of insurance is a traffic infraction. Knowingly providing false evidence of coverage is a misdemeanor.

The bond must be for at least $60,000, and must be filed by a surety bond company authorized to do business in Washington.

Required proof of liability bond

Any time you operate a vehicle in Washington, you must be prepared to show proof of your liability bond to law enforcement. The information may be printed on any size document and must include all of the following:

  • Name of the company that issued the bond.
  • Bond number.
  • Name of the covered driver.

Failing to show this proof of insurance is a traffic infraction. Knowingly providing false evidence of coverage is a misdemeanor.

Penalties

Operating a vehicle without the required coverage is a traffic infraction punishable by a fine of at least $450.

Exceptions

You don t need to have insurance when you operate a vehicle registered as any of the following:

  • Motorcycle. (RCW 46.04.330 )
  • Motor-driven cycle. (RCW 46.04.332 )
  • Moped. (RCW 46.04.304)
  • Horseless carriage over 40 years old (RCW 46.18.255 )
  • State or publicly-owned vehicle. (RCW 46.16.020 )
  • Common or contract carrier with the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission.

Vehicles registered in another state

When you drive a vehicle in Washington that is required to be registered in another state, you must have the type of insurance required by that state. You must be able to provide proof of this insurance to law enforcement if requested.

Related laws and rules

Vehicle registration

  • RCW 46.16: Vehicle licenses (defines what vehicles are required to be registered in Washington)

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2. Gather the information you ll need

Find out how much it will cost by contacting a vehicle licensing office location .

3. Complete all necessary forms

  • Vehicle/Vessel Bill of Sale Completed by you and the seller.
    • Enter sale price This is used to calculate the use tax .
    • Enter zero if it s a gift or inheritance.
  • Vehicle Certificate of Ownership (Title) Application Sign it in front of a:
    • notary public, or
    • licensing agent at an office .

4. Submit your forms and payment

Submit the following to an office :

  • Vehicle/Vessel Bill of Sale,
  • Vehicle Certificate of Ownership (Title) Application,
  • The current vehicle title, and
  • Payment contact an office for the exact amount.

If needed, also submit:

  • Emissions testing report,
  • Affidavit of Loss/Release of Interest, or
  • Odometer Disclosure Statement.

Getting your title

How quickly do you want your title?

  • You can visit or mail your forms and payment to an office .
  • It will take 8 10 weeks to get your title.

If you need it faster than 8 10 weeks:

  • You can visit or mail your forms and fees to a Quick Title office * .
  • It ll cost $50 plus the title fees.

* Note: Quick titles aren t available for snowmobiles, vehicles or boats reported as stolen, insurance or wrecker-destroyed vehicles and boats, or vehicles with WA Rebuilt on the title.

5. Get new license plates

Since the vehicle has changed ownership, you ll need to get new plates.

There are exceptions Plates don t need to be replaced if:

  • You re removing a deceased spouse or domestic partner from the title.
  • You got your vehicle from:
    • your spouse or domestic partner,
    • a family member as a gift or inheritance, or
    • a trust in which the registered owner or their immediate family members are the beneficiaries of the trust.

6. Add the vehicle to your License eXpress account

  • See when your vehicle s tabs are due.
  • Make sure your address is up-to-date.
  • Sign-up or update email renewal notices and more.

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Report of sale

Overview

  1. Find out why you should file
  2. Gather the information you’ll need
  3. File your report
  4. Update your Good-to-Go! account, if needed

1. Find out why you should file

Whenever you sell or give up ownership of a vehicle (including cars, trucks, motorcycles, registered off-road vehicles, and trailers), file a report of sale so you re not held liable for any tolling bills, towing charges, or civil and criminal liabilities incurred by the new owner.

The new owner is responsible for transferring the title .

File a report of sale any time you:

  • Sell,
    • Privately,
    • On consignment, or
    • Out of state (Must have a WA license plate),
  • Trade to a private party or dealer,
  • Gift,
  • Donate,
  • Give to a wrecking yard,
  • Turn over to an insurance company, or
  • Dispose of your vehicle.

2. Gather the information you’ll need

  • License plate number,
  • Date of the sale or transfer,
  • Sale price enter zero if a gift or inheritance,
  • Name and address of the person or organization who took ownership of the vehicle, and
  • VIN Vehicle ID number.

Make sure everything is correct before you file. If you find an error after you ve filed, you ll have to visit a vehicle licensing location to explain the error. The report will be deleted and you ll need to file another one.

3. File your report

You should file within 21 days. There s no late fee for filing after 21 days, but you may be held liable for any financial, criminal or civil liabilities that the new owner may incur. It s in your best interest to file as soon as possible.


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2. Gather the information you ll need

Find out how much it will cost by contacting a vehicle licensing office location .

3. Complete all necessary forms

  • Vehicle/Vessel Bill of Sale Completed by you and the seller.
    • Enter sale price This is used to calculate the use tax .
    • Enter zero if it s a gift or inheritance.
  • Vehicle Certificate of Ownership (Title) Application Sign it in front of a:
    • notary public, or
    • licensing agent at an office .

4. Submit your forms and payment

Submit the following to an office :

  • Vehicle/Vessel Bill of Sale,
  • Vehicle Certificate of Ownership (Title) Application,
  • The current vehicle title, and
  • Payment contact an office for the exact amount.

If needed, also submit:

  • Emissions testing report,
  • Affidavit of Loss/Release of Interest, or
  • Odometer Disclosure Statement.

Getting your title

How quickly do you want your title?

  • You can visit or mail your forms and payment to an office .
  • It will take 8 10 weeks to get your title.

If you need it faster than 8 10 weeks:

  • You can visit or mail your forms and fees to a Quick Title office * .
  • It ll cost $50 plus the title fees.

* Note: Quick titles aren t available for snowmobiles, vehicles or boats reported as stolen, insurance or wrecker-destroyed vehicles and boats, or vehicles with WA Rebuilt on the title.

5. Get new license plates

Since the vehicle has changed ownership, you ll need to get new plates.

There are exceptions Plates don t need to be replaced if:

  • You re removing a deceased spouse or domestic partner from the title.
  • You got your vehicle from:
    • your spouse or domestic partner,
    • a family member as a gift or inheritance, or
    • a trust in which the registered owner or their immediate family members are the beneficiaries of the trust.

6. Add the vehicle to your License eXpress account

  • See when your vehicle s tabs are due.
  • Make sure your address is up-to-date.
  • Sign-up or update email renewal notices and more.

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How to get your license: Motor vehicle dealer

Who needs a license?

Businesses or auctioneers must have a dealer license to buy or sell at wholesale or retail:

  • New or used cars.
  • New or used trucks.
  • New or used motor homes.

If you don t have a dealer license, it s illegal to:

  • Sell more than 4 vehicles registered to you in any 12 months.
  • Buy and sell vehicles for the purpose of making a profit.
  • Sell any number of vehicles that aren t registered to you.

Business site requirements

Your business site must:

  • Comply with all applicable building codes, zoning, and other land-use ordinances. For more information, please contact your city or county directly.
  • Be located at a commercial property with an enclosed building.
  • Have an exterior sign that is permanently affixed to the land or building with the business name and the type of business (such as auto sales).
  • Have an operating telecommunications system and a phone number listed in directory assistance.
  • Be open from 10 a.m. 4 p.m. five days per week. These hours are referred to as normal business hours. Additional hours and days of operation may be added at your discretion. You must prominently post the hours of operation at the main entrance doors.
  • Have an area to maintain books, records, and files at the business site. If 2 or more vehicle dealer businesses share a location, all records, office facilities, and inventory must be physically separated and clearly identified.

E-Permitting

All vehicle dealers are required to use the E-Permitting system. Find out more about E-Permitting .

What you ll need


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Tips for buying a vehicle

When buying a vehicle, ask questions

  • Are you the owner of the vehicle? How long have you owned it?
  • What s the vehicle s mileage?
  • How has the vehicle been driven? (Around town vs. long trips)
  • Has there been major work on the vehicle? Do you have receipts?
  • Did you buy the vehicle new?
  • Has the vehicle ever had rust problems?
  • Has it ever been wrecked, had body repairs, or been repainted?
  • Do you have the title?
  • Are you a licensed vehicle dealer?

Have your mechanic take a look

Have your mechanic check:

  • The radio, heater, windshield wipers, lights, and turn signals.
  • The brakes make sure there is enough brake fluid and there is no pulling.
  • The tires look for good tread and matching sizes.
  • Under the hood is the battery leaking, check for dirty oil, check the hoses, etc.

Make sure the vehicle meets California emission standards

Starting with 2009 models, all new cars, light-duty trucks, SUVs, and passenger vans must meet these standards. Vehicles that don t meet the standards can t be registered, licensed, rented, or sold for use in Washington.

If you re buying a vehicle with less than 7,500 miles, make sure it meets these standards. Ask the seller or check the Vehicle Emissions Control Information (VECI) label in the engine compartment. If it shows the vehicle is certified for California emission standards, for sale in all 50 states, or for sale in the northeast, you may register it in Washington.

Check for liens against the vehicle

Even if the seller presents a title to you, you should verify the title is valid and clear of lien holders by calling us: 360.902.3770 We can verify the title we can t give you details about the vehicle.

Beware of curbstoners

A curbstoner is a person who makes money from buying used vehicles and reselling them. They re unlicensed dealers who don t comply with state or federal laws. You have no legal protection when dealing with them.

You may be dealing with a curbstoner if:

Learn more about curbstoning, visit www.stopcurbstoning.com .

Check the vehicle s history

If you have the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN), you can check it s ownership history and if it s had title problems, accidents, or repairs:

  • National Motor Vehicle Title Information System or
  • your local law enforcement can tell you if the vehicle has been reported stolen.

Watch for odometer fraud

To protect yourself from odometer fraud, check the odometer carefully:

  • Do the numbers line up? Rolled back odometers often have misaligned numbers.
  • Have a mechanic check for signs of high use that seem inconsistent with the odometer miles.
  • Check the wear on the pedals. If the odometer has low miles, the pedals shouldn t show signs of excessive wear.

Don t sign the contract unless you ve read and understand it

There s no 3-day cooling-off period to cancel a vehicle purchase from a licensed dealer. Once you sign, the car is yours and you re bound by the contract.

  • Get all verbal commitments for services, improvements, or changes in writing.
  • Never sign a contract with spaces left blank. Mark them out or fill them in appropriately.
  • Before you sign, the dealer must disclose in writing the finance charge, insurance costs, taxes, and other charges you ll pay under the contract. If they re different than what you negotiated, insist they be corrected.

Keep a written record of your purchase

Make sure to keep copies of:

  • All paperwork, including your contract, purchase orders, canceled checks, warranty agreements, and timelines for completion.
  • The names, phone numbers, titles, and business cards of the people you do business with at the dealership.
  • The name of the company providing all warranty work and a copy of the underwriter s warranty agreement.

Find out about the Lemon Law

The Washington State Motor Vehicle Lemon Law is designed to help people who have ongoing problems with their new vehicle warranty repairs. See the Motor Vehicle Lemon Law on the Office of the Attorney General s site.

Be sure to transfer the title

To see how to transfer a title when you buy a vehicle: Transfer ownership into your name .

When is a license plate required to be replaced?

When a vehicle changes ownership, the new owner will need to replace the plates.

There are exceptions Plates don t need to be replaced if:

  • You re removing a deceased spouse or domestic partner from the title.
  • The vehicle is transferred:
    • between spouse or domestic partner.
    • by gift or inheritance to the registered owner s immediate family.
    • into or out of a trust in which the registered owner or their immediate family members are the beneficiary of the trust.

Report any complaints

Let us know if you feel a dealer or manufacturer treated you unfairly by completing a Vehicle Dealers and Manufacturers Complaint Form. Be sure to include all supporting documentation.


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2. Gather the information you ll need

Find out how much it will cost by contacting a vehicle licensing office location .

3. Complete all necessary forms

  • Vehicle/Vessel Bill of Sale Completed by you and the seller.
    • Enter sale price This is used to calculate the use tax .
    • Enter zero if it s a gift or inheritance.
  • Vehicle Certificate of Ownership (Title) Application Sign it in front of a:
    • notary public, or
    • licensing agent at an office .

4. Submit your forms and payment

Submit the following to an office :

  • Vehicle/Vessel Bill of Sale,
  • Vehicle Certificate of Ownership (Title) Application,
  • The current vehicle title, and
  • Payment contact an office for the exact amount.

If needed, also submit:

  • Emissions testing report,
  • Affidavit of Loss/Release of Interest, or
  • Odometer Disclosure Statement.

Getting your title

How quickly do you want your title?

  • You can visit or mail your forms and payment to an office .
  • It will take 8 10 weeks to get your title.

If you need it faster than 8 10 weeks:

  • You can visit or mail your forms and fees to a Quick Title office * .
  • It ll cost $50 plus the title fees.

* Note: Quick titles aren t available for snowmobiles, vehicles or boats reported as stolen, insurance or wrecker-destroyed vehicles and boats, or vehicles with WA Rebuilt on the title.

5. Get new license plates

Since the vehicle has changed ownership, you ll need to get new plates.

There are exceptions Plates don t need to be replaced if:

  • You re removing a deceased spouse or domestic partner from the title.
  • You got your vehicle from:
    • your spouse or domestic partner,
    • a family member as a gift or inheritance, or
    • a trust in which the registered owner or their immediate family members are the beneficiaries of the trust.

6. Add the vehicle to your License eXpress account

  • See when your vehicle s tabs are due.
  • Make sure your address is up-to-date.
  • Sign-up or update email renewal notices and more.

WA State Licensing (DOL) Official Site: Report of sale #used #car #deals


#sell a car
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Report of sale

Overview

  1. Find out why you should file
  2. Gather the information you’ll need
  3. File your report
  4. Update your Good-to-Go! account, if needed

1. Find out why you should file

Whenever you sell or give up ownership of a vehicle (including cars, trucks, motorcycles, registered off-road vehicles, and trailers), file a report of sale so you re not held liable for any tolling bills, towing charges, or civil and criminal liabilities incurred by the new owner.

The new owner is responsible for transferring the title .

File a report of sale any time you:

  • Sell,
    • Privately,
    • On consignment, or
    • Out of state (Must have a WA license plate),
  • Trade to a private party or dealer,
  • Gift,
  • Donate,
  • Give to a wrecking yard,
  • Turn over to an insurance company, or
  • Dispose of your vehicle.

2. Gather the information you’ll need

  • License plate number,
  • Date of the sale or transfer,
  • Sale price enter zero if a gift or inheritance,
  • Name and address of the person or organization who took ownership of the vehicle, and
  • VIN Vehicle ID number.

Make sure everything is correct before you file. If you find an error after you ve filed, you ll have to visit a vehicle licensing location to explain the error. The report will be deleted and you ll need to file another one.

3. File your report

You should file within 21 days. There s no late fee for filing after 21 days, but you may be held liable for any financial, criminal or civil liabilities that the new owner may incur. It s in your best interest to file as soon as possible.


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Tax exemptions for military personnel

Several types of tax exemptions may be available for:

Nonresidents stationed in Washington

Excise tax and RTA tax

You may not have to pay vehicle excise tax or RTA tax when you license your vehicle in Washington if you re:

  • An active-duty member of the United States Armed Forces.
  • A U.S. Public Health Officer.
  • National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Agency personnel.
  • Coast Guard personnel living in Washington but assigned to duty in the Portland, Oregon area.

To qualify for these tax exemptions when you license your vehicle in Washington, you must:

  1. Certify your home of record is in a state or country other than Washington.
  2. Be the registered owner or co-registered owner of the vehicle or boat for which the excise tax exemption is sought.
  3. Complete an Non-Resident Military Affidavit for Exemption of Excise Tax. This form must be notarized or certified.
  4. Present a Leave and Earnings Statement (LES) showing your home of record.

Sales and use tax

If you ll be in Washington for less than 90 days. you may be exempt from paying sales or use tax when you buy a car in Washington. To qualify, you must have a copy of your orders showing:

  • You re temporarily stationed in Washington and will leave within 90 days of the date of purchase. or
  • You re permanently reassigned to a new duty station outside Washington, and will leave within 90 days of the date of purchase.

Exemptions for spouses

The spouse of a military member may be exempt from paying RTA tax if:

  • The military member is the owner or co-owner of the vehicle.
  • The military member is on active duty.
  • The spouse has a military ID card.

Washington residents stationed outside the state

Sales or use tax

If you purchase a vehicle while you re stationed out of state and license it in Washington, you may not have to pay Washington State sales tax if:

  • You re a resident of Washington serving outside the state as:
    • An active-duty member of the United States Armed Forces.
    • A U.S. Public Health Officer.
    • National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Agency personnel.
  • You re on active duty over 6 months.
  • You got the vehicle at least 90 days before discharge.
  • The vehicle was purchased and delivered outside of Washington.

You can t get this exemption if you:

  • Are on active duty for training purposes for less than 6 months.
  • Bought the vehicle less than 30 days before being discharged or released from active duty.

Related laws and rules

Explanation of abbreviations

  • RCW. Revised Code of Washington (Washington State laws)
  • WAC. Washington Administrative Code (Washington State agency regulations)