Washington Car Registration
Need to register your car in the state of Washington? We've collected helpful information that will save you some time, and we offer links to resources that will get you going in the right direction. Select from the options below to get started.
Online application assistance can simplify the process for many DMV related services, including: renewing your license, applying for a license, registering a vehicle, replacing your license, changing your address and more. In addition to the free forms and general instructions available from the DMV offices or websites, you will receive a comprehensive Easy Guide™ containing information relevant to your service needs. Where possible, we will prepare your DMV forms and/or provide links to DMV online services. Via our partners at Road America, you will also receive 30 days of both emergency Roadside Assistance and the Repair Assist consultation service. In addition, you will be able to take advantage of a free membership to DMV Advisors, a state-specific help desk prepared to answer any driver-related questions or concerns you may have. Other benefits include an ongoing monthly newsletter and a quarterly magazine covering important updates that affect drivers, important safety tips and ways to save money on vehicle-related services.
2: By mail, if eligible (read below for instructions)
Some drivers prefer to handle the renewal process by mail, rather than taking advantage of assistance services, visiting the DOL in person, or via available online services. Service by mail is available with limitations. Read below for additional details or visit your local DOL.
3: Via a local DOL office
If you prefer to access DOL services in person or your specific needs require an in-person visit, most, if not all, driver license services can be handled at a physical DOL office location. Varying DOL offices sometimes supply different types of services so you will need to check before your visit to make sure the DOL closest to you provides the service you require. In addition, you can call to see if your local DOL allows you to make a personal appointment. Read more below to see if an in-person visit is either preferred or required.
New Washington Car Registration
If you have purchased your vehicle through a dealership, then they will perform all necessary registration tasks. But if you have just bought or been gifted a car any other way, or become an official resident, you are expected to register your vehicle as soon as possible. For a list of all DOL offices and their phone numbers, make sure to visit https://fortress.wa.gov/dol/dolprod/VehOffices/.
Visit car-registration.org for a step-by-step guide to obtaining a new Washington car registration.
Renewing Your Washington Vehicle Registration
When renewing your tag in Washington, you will have the options of doing it in person, online or via mail.
Washington allows some drivers to renew their registration online, provided they meet certain state requirements. In order to register online, you will need to provide your license plate number, driver’s license number and credit card to pay the required fees.
To renew your Washington vehicle registration in person visit https://fortress.wa.gov/dol/dolprod/VehOffices/ for a list of DOL offices in the state of Washington. You will also be required to present proof of residence, a driver’s license, an emissions certificate (if applicable), and payment for required fees.
You are only eligible to renew your tag by mail if you’re out of state or can’t make it into an office. To renew by mail, complete the instructions given on your renewal notice, then mail a check for the required fees, and proof of an emissions inspection, if needed, to the address listed on the renewal notice.
Replacing Your Washington Car Registration
Lost your Washington car registration? You can apply for a duplicate (for a fee of $5) in person at any DOL office. For a list of offices and their phone numbers, please visit www.fortress.wa.gov/dol/dolprod/vehoffices. You will need to bring your driver’s license, or another form of picture ID.
Changing Your Address
In Washington, you are able to change your addresss, and perform many other updates to vehicle registration by clicking here.