Temporary permits: Military personnel
- 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).
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.
Questions? Need help?
Email us: CustomerCare@dol.wa.gov