Temporary 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.
- 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)
- 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
- Visit a vehicle licensing office.
- 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.
- 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.