Need to switch Vehicle ownership in Washington?

A guide to transferring vehicle ownership in this state

What you need to know to about how to switch vehicle ownership in Washington:

  • If you buy from a private party or receive a vehicle as a gift, you’re responsible for transferring ownership of the vehicle into your name within 15 days.
  • When transferring vehicle ownership, you will need:
    • Vehicle Certificate of Ownership (title)—The seller must release ownership by signing in the appropriate place on the title. Everyone listed on the title must sign it.
    • Affidavit of Loss/Release of Interest—If the title is lost, the seller must complete an Affidavit of Loss/Release of Interest and sign it in the presence of a notary public, county auditor, or licensing agent. Everyone listed on the vehicle record must sign it.
    • Bill of sale—Both you and the seller must provide information about the sale on a Vehicle/Vessel Bill of Sale. This information includes the sale price, which is used to calculate the use tax you must pay.
    • Emissions testing report—Emissions testing is required in urban areas of Clark, King, Pierce, Snohomish, and Spokane counties.
    • Vehicle Title Application—If documents are to be mailed, you must include a notarized Vehicle Certificate of Ownership Application.
    • Odometer Disclosure Statement—If the vehicle is less than 10 years old, both you and seller must state the mileage and sign, either on the title itself or on an Odometer Disclosure Statement.

Registering your vehicle in Washington has never been easier

Get everything you need—fully completed—before you step foot inside of your local department of motor vehicles, including:

  • Bill of Sale
  • Estimated tax calculation for the vehicle purchased
  • State forms completed with data provided
  • Fully customized for the state of Washington and your unique situation

This service is designed to get you in and out of your motor vehicles department with everything you need to make title transfer and vehicle registration as seamless as possible.

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