Affidavit of Loss/Release of Interest
Use the Affidavit of Loss/Release of Interest form to:
How to replace a Washington title, license plates, registration, tabs, or vessel decal
Submit the completed form and fees to a vehicle licensing office.
How to release interest in a vehicle or vessel you’re selling, trading, or giving away
Submit a completed Affidavit of Loss/Release of Interest form and a completed Vehicle Certificate of Ownership (Title) Application to a vehicle licensing office.
- All legal and registered owners shown on the title must sign the Release of Interest to transfer the title to the new owner.
- If the form is signed in the presence of a vehicle licensing agent, the agent can certify the signatures and you don’t need to have the form notarized.
- Buyer: You must transfer the title within 15 days of the date of sale.
- Seller:You must file a Report of Sale within 5 days of the date of sale, excluding weekends and state holidays.
- Odometer disclosure: Vehicles 9 years old or newer
- An Odometer Disclosure Statement is required when transferring ownership of a motor vehicle that is 9 years old or newer, unless exempt. You can get a disclosure form at any vehicle licensing office.
- Name change
- If you’re changing your name on a title, you must submit all of the following with the Affidavit of Loss/Release of Interest:
- A power of attorney can’t be used to change a person’s name on a title unless specifically authorized in the POA.
- You don’t need to release interest in the vehicle in your former name to change your name on the title.
- If you add or delete registered owners, you must complete a title transfer.
- If the name change is due to business mergers, please contact a vehicle licensing office for help.
- Financial institutions
- If you’re releasing interest on a vehicle sold to a Washington dealer or resident, you can speed up the process by giving the released title or Affidavit of Loss/Release of Interest to the buyer with a Release of Interest from the seller (your debtor). The buyer can then take the documents to any vehicle/vessel licensing office and transfer the title.
- Vehicles and boats held in trust
Trustees must also:
|If the title/registration shows…
||The Affidavit of Loss/Release of Interest must be signed by…|
|Only the trustees names followed by the designation trustee
(Example: John Doe, trustee)
|All trustees shown|
|The trustees names followed by the designation trustee and name of the trust
(Example: John Doe, trustee John Doe Family Trust)
|All trustees shown|
|Only the name of the trust
(Example: John Doe Family Trust)
|Any trustees designated in the trust document|
Owners of vehicles titled in a Massachusetts Trust must provide a copy of the Certificate of Incorporation for a Massachusetts Trust issued by the Secretary of State’s office to verify the Declaration of Trust was filed.
- Provide a copy of the trust pages or “Certificate or Abstract of Trust” that shows the name of the trust and the trustees.
- Sign a notarized or certified Certificate of Fact that states:
I, [Name], am Trustee of [Name of Trust] and have authority under said trust and applicable Washington State laws to [Action being taken: e.g., apply for a duplicate title, release interest, apply for new plate] for this vehicle (or vessel).
- Owner deceased
- You may sell or keep a vehicle or vessel you inherit.
|ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTATION REQUIRED|
||Attach these additional documents…|
|The transfer of ownership is the result of legal action (administered, probated, court ordered)
|“Joint Tenants with Rights of Survivorship” appears on the vehicle record and title.
||Copy of the death certificate|
|There is a community property agreement.
- Copy of the death certificate
- Copy of the community property agreement
|The estate isn’t administered.
- Copy of death certificate
- Completed Affidavit of Inheritance (release of interest if required), or affidavit of succession (optional) if the estate is under $100,000
- Power of Attorney (POA)
- To properly sign by power of attorney:
- Print or sign the name of the person or business granting power of attorney “by.”
- Sign your name, adding “POA” after your signature. If signing for a business, include your job title and company name.
|If you are a…
||Sign like this…|
|Person signing for an individual
||John Q. Public by Jane C. Doe, POA|
|Person signing for a business
||Business Inc. by Jane C. Doe, POA|
|Business signing by power of attorney for another business
||Business Inc. by Jane C. Doe, POA, V.P. for Business 2 Inc.|
For fee amounts or help filling out this form, please contact your local vehicle licensing office.