Renew Registration in Washington

Need to renew your Washington car registration? 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.

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1: Get Started with Online Application Assistance

Application assistance services can simplify the process for many DOL related services for a fee, including: renewing your license, applying for a license, registering a vehicle, replacing your license, changing your address and more. Other benefits include an ongoing monthly newsletter and a quarterly magazine covering important updates that affect drivers, important safety tips, trends, legislative updates and ways to save money on vehicle-related services.

2: By mail

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 DOL office

If your specific needs require an in-person visit, most, if not all, driver license services can be handled at your local DOL office. 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 DOL allows you to make a personal appointment.

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 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.