Renew your tabs

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Your tab renewal options:

How can I estimate my fees?

When do I need to renew my tabs?

Tabs expire every year.

To see when when they're due, check your License eXpress account – it'll show you the month, day, and year they expire. As well as the address and email addresses we have for your vehicles. Or you can look at your license plate to see thee expiration month and year.

Do you want to get renewal reminders?

Use your License eXpress account to see what addresses we have on file.

What might I need to do before or when I renew?

  • If you've recently moved, make sure you update your address. Use your License eXpress account to see what addresses we have on file.
  • If required, before you renew, take your car in for emissions testing. You don't need to bring your renewal notice to the test station.
  • See other possible requirements.
  • Pay any possible tickets or tolling fees (WA Department of Transportation).

Donations and other options when you renew:

How long does it take to get my tabs?

  • By mail, within 5 business days. If you don't get them within:
    • 15 days, contact the office you ordered them from.
    • 15 - 90 days, you may be able to get replacement tabs. See Replace lost or damaged tabs.
  • If you're picking them up, they should be ready when you get to the office. You'll need to show photo ID.

Are you part of the military or uniformed services?

If you're stationed outside of Washington when your tabs expire, you may be able to get a new expiration date.

If your current tabs expired less than 12 months ago, we'll give you a new full year registration period. Apply for a new registration period through a vehicle licensing location:

  • By mail - Send all items below to an office of your choice:
    • Your tab renewal notice
    • Copy of your military orders
    • Check/money order payable to DOL
  • or
  • In person - Bring a copy of your military orders, so we can verify your deployment dates, with a check or money order for fees.

Can I deduct any of my fees from my federal taxes?

Regional Transit Authority (RTA) Motor Vehicle Excise Tax and Watercraft Excise Tax may be deductible. Check with your tax advisor.

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