Report of sale
Starting January 1, 2023, vehicle registrations allow the removal of your address. New registrations have your address located on the bottom. There's a dotted line showing where to cut it. This is optional and intended to provide address privacy in case of theft.
Things to know
As of July 28, 2019 you'll pay $13.25 to report the sale of your vehicle. There's no fee to report the sale of a boat.
- Remove license plates from the vehicle
- Find out why you should file
- Gather the information you'll need
- File your report
- Update your Good-to-Go! account, if needed
1. Remove license plates from the vehicle
By removing your license plates, it encourages the new owner to transfer ownership. Leaving the plates increases your risk of impound costs, traffic infractions, Good to Go! tickets, and other liabilities.
2. Find out why you should file
You need to file a report of sale when you sell, donate or give up ownership of a vehicle (cars, trucks, motorcycles, motorhomes, registered off-road vehicles, travel trailers, boat trailers, etc.)
Filing will protect you from being held liable for towing charges or civil and criminal liabilities incurred by the new owner. The new owner must transfer the ownership into their name.
You must report the sale of your vehicle, if you:
- On consignment, or
- Out of state (Must have a WA license plate),
- Trade to a private party or dealer,
- Give to a wrecking yard,
- Turn over to an insurance company, or
- Dispose of your vehicle.
If you've sold a boat, see Report the sale of a boat. There is no fee to report the sale of a boat.
3. Gather the information you'll need
- License plate number (include all letters and numbers on the plate),
- Date of the sale or transfer,
- Sale price — enter zero if a gift or inheritance,
- Name and address of the person or organization who took ownership of the vehicle, and
- VIN — Vehicle ID number.
Make sure everything is correct before you file. If you find an error after you've filed, you'll have to visit a vehicle licensing location to explain the error. The report will be deleted and you'll need to file another one.
4. File your report
You should file within 5 days. There's no late fee for filing after 5 days, but you may be held liable for any financial, criminal or civil liabilities that the new owner may incur. It's in your best interest to file as soon as possible.
The fee is $13.25, you can file your report:
- Report of sale without logging in or creating an account
- Log in or join to report the sale from your License eXpress account
- At a vehicle licensing location
- Fill out the Vehicle Report of Sale (English, Español, Русский, and more) form
- Bring to an office or
- Mail to the vehicle licensing location of your choice. Include a check for the fee. Please make checks out to "Department of Licensing."
After you've filed:
- Keep a copy for your records. If you need a copy, submit a Vehicle/Boat Record Request (English, Español, 简体中文, and more) and fee.
- If you end up keeping the vehicle, visit a vehicle licensing location to have the report of sale deleted.
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5. Update your Good To Go! account, if needed
If you have a Good To Go! electronic tolling pass, be sure to update the contact information on your account with the Department of Transportation:
- Online: www.wsdot.wa.gov/goodtogo/
- By phone: 866.936.8246
- Salvaged, abandoned, or contaminated vehicles
- Vehicle licensing location
- RCW 46.12.650: Releasing interest - Reports of sale - Transfer of ownership - Requirements - Penalty, exceptions
Questions? Need help?
- Contact us
- Visit a vehicle licensing location