Transferring a Title on a Washington Vehicle

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.