Transfer plates to another vehicle
- 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).
You can transfer your vehicle license plates to another vehicle if the new vehicle is:
- Titled and registered in your name.
- Registered in Washington State.
Verify your address
When you transfer your license plates to another vehicle, you must verify your residence street address or business address with us by:
- Visiting a vehicle licensing office.
- Entering your address (even if it hasn’t changed) in one of our online address systems:
How to transfer license plates to another vehicle
You may transfer your license plate to another vehicle:
- In person at a vehicle licensing office. (Additional service fees may apply.)
- By mailing all of the following to any vehicle licensing office:
- A copy of the registration for the vehicle you want the plate transferred to.
- A letter indicating that you want your plates transferred to the new vehicle. The letter should include your:
- License plate number.
- Current residence and mailing address.
- A check or money order for the fee. Please contact a vehicle licensing office to determine the exact cost to transfer your plates, including all licensing fees.