Buying or selling a vehicle

Important information

  • Vehicle and vessel licensing offices can’t perform transactions on Saturday, December 10.
  • Some vehicle and vessel online services, like tab renewal, won’t be available December 7-12 while we update our system.
  • On December 12, 2016, we’ll begin using a new vehicle and vessel computer system.
  • In the days following the launch of our new system, you may experience longer than usual wait times.

Learn more: DOL vehicle licensing system will be down on December 10 for system replacement (licensingexpress.wordpress.com).

Report the sale of a vehicle

Have you sold, traded or given away a car, truck, motorcycle or another vehicle? Find out what you need to do.

Transfer ownership into your name

Find out how to transfer ownership of a vehicle into your name after buying it from a dealer, private party or receiving it as a gift.

Tips for buying a vehicle

Protect yourself against title fraud and more.

Clean Car emission requirements

Find out if your vehicle needs to meet California emission standards to be registered in Washington.

Use tax

Find out when you have to pay use tax and how much will it be.

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