Transferring a Title on a Washington Vehicle

If you have a privately purchased 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.

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 subagency or 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, visit the State of Washington website.

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.

Additional Forms

Report of Sale - If you sold, gifted or donated your vehicle to someone else.

Vehicle Title Application - Transfer, add or remove an owner.

Vehicle/Vessel Bill of Sale (PDF)- Completed when you sell your vehicle or vessel.