Temporary vehicle permits: Military personnel

If you buy a vehicle while serving as nonresident military personnel, you may get a temporary permit that allows you to use the vehicle in Washington while you apply for out-of-state registration. This permit:

  • Is valid for 45 days.
  • and
  • Must be displayed on the vehicle so it’s clearly visible from outside.

Nonresident military personnel are:

  • Active-duty members of the United States armed forces:
    • Coast Guard (including personnel living in Washington who are on duty in the Portland area)
    • Army
    • Navy
    • Marines
    • 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.

How to apply

  1. Visit a vehicle licensing office.
  2. Submit a completed Non-Resident Military Affidavit for Exemption of Excise Tax.
    • The form must be signed and notarized. You may have the signatures notarized by a notary public or an active-duty commissioned officer of the armed forces. If the commissioned officer’s signature, rank, and branch of service appear on the document as a notary, no further proof of their authority is needed.
  3. Provide 1 of the following 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.
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