When you sell a vehicle in the state of Washington, the title must be transferred to the new owner. The process of transferring a vehicle title in Washington is simple, but it is important to complete the process correctly. The following is an overview of how to transfer a vehicle title in Washington.
Gather Necessary Documents
Before you can transfer the vehicle title, you will need to gather the necessary documents. These documents include:
- The vehicle title, with the seller’s name and signature
- A bill of sale
- The Vehicle/Vessel Bill of Sale form (Form TD-420-065)
- The Odometer Disclosure Statement (Form TD-420-090)
The seller is also responsible for providing the buyer with a smog certification (if applicable).
Complete the Title Transfer
Once you have gathered the necessary documents, you must complete the title transfer. This can be done at your local Department of Licensing office. When you arrive at the office, you will need to present the documents mentioned above. You will also need to bring a valid form of identification, such as a driver’s license, passport, or state-issued ID card.
Pay the Title Transfer Fee
Once the title transfer is complete, you will need to pay a title transfer fee. The title transfer fee is based on the purchase price of the vehicle and is currently $15. There may also be additional taxes and fees associated with the title transfer.
Receive the New Title
Once you have paid the title transfer fee, you will receive a new title in your name. The title will list you as the owner of the vehicle. You should keep the title in a safe place.
Transferring a vehicle title in Washington is a straightforward process. As long as you have gathered the necessary documents and paid the title transfer fee, you should have no difficulty completing the process. Once you have the new title in your name, you can legally register and drive the vehicle.