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Vehicle Licensing Division
128 N 2nd St, Room 117, Yakima, WA 98901
PO Box 12570, Yakima, WA 98909-2570


Jennifer Richter, Licensing Supervisor
Email:  jennifer.richter@co.yakima.wa.us
Phone:  (509) 574-1370
Fax:  (509) 574-1371
Hours:  9:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m. blinking star

Forms of Payment:  Cash, Check or Money Order


New Residents

New Vehicles

Out-of-State Vehicles

Personalized Plates


Used Vehicles

Vehicles / Filing Sellers Report (State Site)

Vessels (State Site)


Licensing Your New Vehicle

So you bought a new car or boat.....now what?

Whether you bought a car, truck, camper, trailer, boat or any other type of vehicle or vessel, as a resident of this state you will need to license it with the state of Washington.  Fortunately, if you purchased your vehicle from a dealer in the state, that dealer will probably take care of the licensing for you.  Ask your dealer if that is the case.

However, if the dealer did not do the licensing for you, or if you purchased your vehicle from out-of-state, you will need to license the vehicle yourself.

Application for a title and/or license must be made immediately.  You can do this by going to the County Auditor's Licensing Division, Courthouse Room 117, Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., or you can license your vehicle at the nearest vehicle licensing sub-agencies.

Some items you will need

When you go to license your new vehicle you will need to bring with you the following items:

  • Manufacturer's Statement of Origin (MSO)
  • Notarized signatures of every registered name to be shown on the title
  • Documentation of the purchase price - bill of sale or invoice from out of state dealer
  • Federal odometer statement
  • Leased Vehicle - need Washington Department of Revenue Tax Number
  • Picture ID
  • Cash, check or money order (credit and debit cards are not accepted)
  • Name and address of lienholder

What about special or personalized license plates?

You can get information about special or personalized license plates from the Washington State Department Department of Licensing, including the ability to find out whether a certain personalized plate may be available.

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