Temporary permits: Military personnel
How to apply
You can get a temporary vehicle permit if you buy a vehicle while serving as a nonresident military personnel.
- Visit a vehicle licensing office.
- Submit a Non-Resident Military Affidavit for Exemption of Excise Tax.
- Sign and notarize the form. The signatures can be notarized by a notary public or an active-duty commissioned officer. If the officer’s signature, rank, and branch of service appear on the document as a notary, no further proof is needed.
- Provide at least 1 as proof you’ve applied for registration outside of Washington:
- Out-of-state application.
- Letter of request.
- Notarized or certified statement of fact, stating you’ve applied for an out-of-state title or registration.
How a temporary permit can be used
The permit allows you to use the vehicle in Washington while you apply for out-of-state registration. The permit:
- Is valid for 45 days
- Must be displayed on the vehicle so it’s visible from the outside.
Nonresident military personnel are:
- Active-duty members of the United States:
- Coast Guard (includes personnel living in Washington who are on duty in the Portland),
- Marines, and
- Air Force.
- Members of the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Agency (NOAA).
- Commissioned officers of the public health service.
- Members of foreign military organizations assigned to Washington on official duty.