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Washington titled vehicles must be registered to the new owner within fifteen (15) days after purchase date to avoid penalty fees. The penalty can reach as high as $125 depending on how late the transfer occurs. DO NOT WAIT to transfer the vehicle.
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Fees are different for every situation and are calculated in many ways. Everyone starts with the basic fee of $43.25 and things like vehicle weight, location, and taxes determine your final amount.
For vehicle and vessel fees, please visit Washington State Dept. Of Licensing to calculate tab fees.
The exact amount of your vehicle title and registration fees depend of several factors:
For the current Washington State Dept. of Licensing fee schedule, please visit dol.wa.gov.
If you are a resident to Washington or have purchased a vehicle, you must present the following documents to a license agency in order to obtain Washington plates, registration, and title:
Some transfers may require additional documents and possibly a current emission test. If you have additional questions just give us a call or come in the office and let us help you.
You can transfer your vehicle license plates to another vehicle if the new vehicle is:
Reporting protects you from being held liable for towing charges or civil and criminal liabilities incurred by the new owner.
For information about sellers reports and how it protects you, please visit the Washington State Department of Licensing information page.
When selling a vehicle, it is important to remove license plates for the vehicle. Removing your license plates encourages the new owner to transfer ownership. Leaving the plates increases your risk of impound costs, traffic infractions, Good to Go! tickets, and other liabilities.
Yes, provided they have all the necessary information. This includes:
If the vehicles are "property of a like kind", then yes. Contact the licensing office for more information and to acquire a Bill of Trade.