Fuel tax facts

Notice to motor and/or special fuel distributors and suppliers

Effective November 22, 2013, all sales of motor vehicle and special fuel to Yakama Nation authorized tribal fuel retailers or tribal bulk fuel users are no longer eligible for fuel tax exemptions upon receipt of fuel. All licensed motor vehicle fuel and special fuel suppliers, importers, blenders, and distributors selling fuel to Yakama Nation authorized fuel retailers and bulk fuel users must sell fuel with the full state fuel tax included.

If you have questions regarding this notification, please contact:

  • Karla Laughlin, Public Protection Services Administrator: 360.664.6608
  • Josh Johnston, Tribal Liaison: 360.902.4084


We provide a wide variety of services related to fuel tax and commercial motor carriers, including:

  • Fuel tax collection, audits, and refunds
  • Investigation of illegal fuel imports and dyed diesel
  • Commercial motor carrier registration

To learn more about us and what we do, please see What we do and Prorate and Fuel Tax Services.

Fuel tax categories

There are 3 types of fuel tax. Each requires a different license, fuel tax return, and payment. For more information about getting a license, filing a return, and paying the fuel tax for each type of fuel, see:

Where fuel tax money goes

All fuel taxes collected are placed in the Motor Vehicle Fund. The Motor Vehicle Fund is used to support highway programs including:

  • Constructing and maintaining state, city, and county roads, bridges, and ferries.
  • Purchasing rights of way.
  • Installing, maintaining, and operating traffic and signal lights.
  • Policing state public highways.
  • Operating movable span bridges.

Fuel Tax Paid Credit for Fuel Purchased in Washington State

See also:

Washington Healthcare Finder
Access Washington – official state government website