Transferring a Title on a Washington Vehicle

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If you purchased Washington State titled vehicle from a private party or received one as a gift, you must transfer the title within 15 days or you will receive a fine.

If you buy a vehicle from a Washington state dealer, they will take care of the transfer. If you buy from an out-of-state dealer, you may need to take care of the transfer. Learn more.


To transfer a title, the following is needed:

Title transfers can be conducted:

In Person

At any vehicle licensing office 

By Mail

Attention: Snohomish County Licensing Division

3000 Rockefeller Avenue M/S 506

Everett, WA 98201

Generally, if you complete the title transfer by mail or in person, it takes 8 to 10 weeks to receive your title. If you need it faster, you may be able to get a Quick Title. Visit the Washington State Department of Licensing website for more information.

Emissions Testing

Emissions testing is no longer required in Washington State as of January 1st, 2020.


A title transfer is generally $42.00 plus sales tax on the value of the vehicle.

Sales tax is not applicable on gift transactions if proof is submitted that shows the previous owner already paid Washington sales tax. A vehicle may not be gifted twice in a row.

Generally, title transfers require the purchase of new license plates and registration. Exceptions:

  • Removing a deceased spouse or domestic partner from the title
  • The vehicle was received from:
    • Your spouse or domestic partner
    • A family member as a gift or inheritance
    • A trust in which the registered owner or their immediate family members are the beneficiaries of the trust.

For additional information on costs associated with transferring a title, call 425-388-3371.