If you have a loan (or lien) on your vehicle or boat, the person or company in charge of the loan is the lienholder. They’re listed as the legal owner on the vehicle or boat record (title and registration).
When you pay the loan in full, the lienholders usually send us everything we need to remove their name from your vehicle or boat record. If they don’t, you can remove the lienholder by visiting a vehicle licensing office and providing:
If the company that held the loan on your vehicle or boat is out of business, and you can’t find out who took over their business, you may use one of the following options to remove the lienholder from the vehicle or boat record:
Petition a Washington State Superior Court or District Court to direct us to remove the lienholder and issue you a clear title.
If the lienholder is a Washington vehicle or vessel dealer, you may file a complaint with us.
If your vehicle or vessel is legally owned by a lienholder from outside Washington, you must resolve the issue in that state or country before applying for a Washington Certificate of Title.