Vehicle Licensing Division
Jennifer Richter, Licensing Supervisor
Vehicle Licensing for New Washington Residents
Licensing your Vehicles
Welcome to the state of Washington. If you are a state resident, you must license all vehicles and vessels that will be used within the state of Washington. This includes cars, trucks, campers, trailers, boats and other watercraft. Check with a licensing agent if you have questions about whether your vehicle or vessel must be licensed.
You are required to license or title your vehicle within 30 days of becoming a Washington resident. You can do this by going to the County Auditor's Licensing Division, Courthouse Room 117, or you can license your vehicle at the nearest vehicle licensing subagency.
Some items you will need
What about special or personalized license plates?
You can get information about special or personalized license plates from the Washington State Department of Licensing,including the ability to find out whether a certain personalized plate may be available.