Fees, taxes, and donations: 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).

Renewal and registration fee information

See what options you can use to get an estimate of your fees.

Regional Transit Authority (RTA) tax

If you live in parts of Pierce, King, or Snohomish counties, you must pay RTA tax. Find out how much tax you’ll pay.

Local transportation benefit district fees

Learn about vehicle registration fees that may be imposed by cities or counties to fund local transportation projects.

Use tax

When do you have to pay use tax?  How much will it be? Find out here.


Find out how to make a donation when you renew your tabs, and how to opt out or get a refund if you don’t want to donate to State Parks.

Fee refunds

Find out how to get a refund on certain vehicle and boat fees.

Alternative Fuel Vehicles and Plug-In Hybrids Washington State Tax Exemptions

Find out if you qualify for an exemption.

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