Important updates about title transfers, first-time registrations, and dealer permits

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.


New, faster vehicle and boat title service now available

April 26, 2012

Vehicle and boat owners who find themselves in a situation where they need a title certificate immediately now have a new service option called a Quick Title.

A Quick Title is an official certificate of ownership provided to a vehicle or boat owner across the counter at the time a title transaction is processed. Quick Title services are available in 16 locations around our state.

The key benefit of a Quick Title is speed. A title processed normally can take a month or more to arrive in the mail. In most circumstances, this doesn’t present any problems for vehicle or boat owners. However, sometimes an owner will lose a title and need an immediate replacement to prove ownership or sell the vehicle to someone else.

The fee to get a Quick Title is $50. This is in addition to all other fees and taxes due at the time of the transaction. Quick Titles are not available for vehicles reported to DOL as destroyed or for vehicles classified as not eligible for road use.

People seeking a Quick Title must have all of the necessary title documentation completed and ready for processing at the time of the transaction. This documentation will be carefully reviewed for completeness and accuracy before the transaction is processed.

Vehicle and boat licensing offices currently offering Quick Title services include:

  • Benton County Auditor’s Office in Kennewick
  • Clark County Auditor’s Office in Vancouver
  • Cowlitz County Auditor’s Office in Kelso
  • Franklin County Auditor’s Office in Pasco
  • Jefferson County Auditor’s Office in Port Townsend
  • King County Records and Licensing Services in Seattle
  • Kitsap County Auditor’s Office in Port Orchard
  • Klickitat County Auditor’s Office in Goldendale
  • Lincoln County Auditor’s Office in Davenport
  • Pierce County Auditor’s Office in Tacoma
  • Skagit County Auditor’s Office in Mount Vernon
  • Snohomish County Auditor’s Office in Everett
  • Spokane County Auditor’s Office in Spokane
  • Walla Walla County Auditor’s Office in Walla Walla
  • Whatcom County Auditor’s Office in Bellingham
  • Whitman County Auditor’s Office in Colfax

Quick Title counter service is not available at the Department of Licensing headquarters office in Olympia or at any location in Thurston County. But more counties are expected to begin offering this service in the future.