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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How much does it cost to register my car or boat?
  2. Can I download the vehicle registration forms from this website?
  3. If I buy a vehicle from out-of-state or move to Washington, do I still need to obtain an inspection of my car by the Washington State Patrol?
  4. Where are the locations of the Auto Licensing Agents, State Patrol Inspection Facilities, and Emission Testing Facilities?
  5. Where do I go to renew or get a new driver's license?
  6. Where do I go, or whom do I call, to report a traffic accident?
  7. How can someone obtain a disabled parking permit?
  8. What do I do when I have paid off the loan on my car?
  9. Any other questions not covered above?

1. How much does it cost to register my car or boat?

Information can be found on the Fees and Taxes page.

2. Can I download the vehicle registration forms from this website?

The forms you will need are available at any of the registration facilities. Most forms are also available on the Washington State Department of Licensing website.

3. If I buy a vehicle from out-of-state or move to Washington, do I still need to obtain an inspection of my car by the Washington State Patrol?

In nearly all cases, no. Under a new law, the physical inspections of out-of-state vehicles by the Washington State Patrol is eliminated. Instead, the Department of Licensing will perform a database search on your vehicle and notify you if an inspection is required before they issue a title. There is a $15 fee for the computer search, collected at the time you register your vehicle.

You will need to take your vehicle to the Washington State Patrol to obtain a physical inspection if your vehicles has been rebuilt after being destroyed or declared a total loss by an insurance company. They will also perform inspections as required on vehicles reported stolen, homemade vehicles, or other vehicles without a proper VIN, when there is a VIN discrepancy, when there is a record dispute, when ownership is in doubt, or other special cases.

4. Where are the locations of the Auto Licensing Agents, State Patrol Inspection Facilities, and Emission Testing Facilities?

Location information for these services is available on a on the Auto License Locations page.

5. Where do I go to renew or get a new driver's license?

Drivers licenses are issued directly by the State of Washington Department of Licensing. You can get a new license or renew your license at any of the Drivers Licensing Services Offices.

6. Where do I go, or whom do I call, to report a traffic accident?

All traffic accidents must be reported to the local law enforcement agency. See the Department of Licensing website for details.

7. How can someone obtain a disabled parking permit?

Effective July 26, 1999, all permanent and temporary disabled parking permits may be obtained from any of the Auto License offices in the county or State of Washington. State Drivers Licensing Servicing Offices do not issue these permits. More information about disabled permits is available at the Department of Licensing website.

8. What do I do when I have paid off the loan on my car?

Once you have paid off the loan on your car, your financial institution will do one of two things. They with either release (sign off on) the title and send the title to the Auto Licensing office, or they will send the released title directly to you. If the financial institution sends the title directly to the Auto Licensing office, then the Auto Licensing office will process the change in title and mail you a copy of the new title. If the financial institution send you the released title, then you must bring in or mail in the title to the Auto Licensing office to have the new title processed. If you do not hear anything from the Auto Licensing office or from your financial institution in a reasonable time after paying off the loan, call your financial institution to ensure that they are taking steps to release the title to you.

9. Any other questions not covered above?

Call the Auto Licensing Department at (360) 397-2288.

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Clark County Auto Licensing Department: Paul Harris, Auto Licensing Manager
Street Address: 1408 Franklin Street, Vancouver, WA 98660
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 9812, Vancouver, WA 98666-8812
Main phone: (360) 397-2288 | FAX: (360) 397-6025
Telecommunications Relay Service: (800) 833-6388, then call (360) 397-2445
E-mail: autolic@clark.wa.gov
Responsible Elected Official: Greg Kimsey

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