If you have purchased a Washington State titled vehicle or received one as a gift you are required to transfer the title within 15 days of acquisition or you will incur a monetary penalty. To transfer the title you need to bring the following items to a license subagency or the Snohomish County Auditor’s Office:
The current title with the previous owner’s signature(s) releasing ownership.
A bill of sale stating the full purchase price or a statement of gift signed by the previous owner. The purchase price or the word Gift may be written in the sales price area.
A completed odometer disclosure form if the vehicle is 10 years old or newer.
Gas and some diesel powered vehicles (except motorcycles) in certain zip codes must be tested. Diesel vehicles with a scale weight of 6,000 or less and all diesel vehicles model year 2007 or newer regardless of scale weight are exempt.
The cost to transfer a title is $37.50 plus sales tax if applicable. Sales tax is not applicable on gift transactions if proof is submitted that shows the previous owner already paid Washington sales tax. However, a vehicle may not be gifted twice in a row.
Effective January 1, 2015, all title transfers require the purchase of new license plates and registration.