April 17, 2020
Many vehicle/vessel licensing offices are still providing services in person, online, and by mail during the COVID-19 pandemic. Most registrations can be renewed online or by mail. Those unable to renew online or by mail can still renew in person.
Here are some important notices regarding title transfers, first-time Washington registrations, and temporary dealer permits:
- Title transfers: In-person title transfers can still be done. Customers should call ahead to find an office to assist them. If someone is unable to transfer a title within 15 days for COVID-19-related reasons, the late fee will be waived.
- First-time registrations: People registering their vehicle for the first time in Washington state are required to have an unexpired Washington driver license. Because driver licensing offices are closed, people who are new to the state or need a first-time license are unable to get one. Until driver licensing offices reopen, customers can call or visit a vehicle/vessel licensing office to request a temporary registration permit allowing them to legally drive.
- Dealer permits: Customers with expiring temporary dealer permits can request a temporary registration permit from a vehicle licensing office. Customers may need to request these permits multiple times depending on how long offices are closed.
We’ve been able to continue providing many essential services while following the governor’s directives during the pandemic. To do so, we’ve had to make some operational changes that may be less convenient for customers. We appreciate the feedback we’ve received as we help Washington residents live, work, drive, and thrive during this challenging time.
October 31, 2017
Example of a website that is NOT affiliated with the Washington State Department of Licensing.
Be careful when considering any licensing or vehicle registration transaction on non-DOL websites.
While many websites offer online services, there is only one official website for the Washington State Department of Licensing: dol.wa.gov.
Unofficial websites typically charge additional fees. They may even charge for services that are free at dol.wa.gov.
Worse yet, unofficial websites might never deliver the service you paid to receive.
For a safe, secure transaction without additional fees, please visit dol.wa.gov.
January 21, 2010
Updated February 3, 2009 to include video
By Brad Benfield
Signing up is fast and easy on the DOL website
Vehicle owners in Washington now have the opportunity to save themselves time and help save money and the environment by signing up to receive their vehicle renewal notices via email. You can sign up for email renewal notices through the agency’s website at http://www.dol.wa.gov, when renewing tabs online, or at a neighborhood vehicle licensing office.
Email renewal notices provide all of the information on a traditional paper renewal notice. They also have a direct link to DOL’s online vehicle tab renewal system. Using the link to the online renewal system, you can have new tabs ordered and on their way within minutes of receiving the notice.
More and more people become accustomed to receiving bills and bank statements over the Internet and the agency is hoping people embrace email renewal notices, too. If just our customers who regularly use the Internet to renew their tabs sign up for email renewal, DOL would avoid printing 1 million notices over the next year. This would save:
- 2,000 reams of paper and 2 million envelopes — or approximately 150 trees.
- Approximately $500,000 in printing and mailing costs.
As with paper renewal notices, vehicle owners signing up for the new service will receive their email renewal notice about a month before their tabs expire. You also don’t have to worry about not getting a renewal notice if you change your email address and forget to tell us. We will try several times to send an email renewal notice, but if we can’t reach you that way we will send a traditional paper notice.