Customs inspections: Vehicles & boats

Important information

  • Vehicle and vessel licensing offices can’t perform transactions on Saturday, December 10.
  • Vehicle and vessel online services 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).

If you import a vehicle or boat from a foreign country and want to register it in Washington:

  • It must clear U.S. customs.
  • and
  • You must have U.S. customs or Department of Defense documents. These must:
    • Include the year, make, and VIN of the vehicle or HIN of the boat.
    • Be from U.S. Customs, not from a brokerage or foreign customs office.
    • Be signed and stamped by Customs.

Military personnel

If you licensed a vehicle or boat in a foreign country while you were on active duty, submit the Manufacturer’s Statement of Origin (MSO) or Manufacturer’s Certificate of Origin (MCO) when you license it in Washington.

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