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Washington Special Vehicle Registration
In Washington, the Department of Licensing (DOL) requires just about every motorized and wheeled vehicle operating on public road and property, including snowmobiles and trailers, to be registered.
Fortunately, for simplicity's sake, the process is similar to registering a vehicle. Only the fees are different.
If you intend to only operate your ATV on private property, you do not have to notify the Washington DOL. Otherwise, you must register it.
You will need to apply for a metal tag (to affix to your ATV) and keep your registration document with you whenever you're operating the vehicle.
Generally, ATVs can only be operated off road. However, if your vehicle is street legal, you can apply for an on-road tab in addition to your registration which allows you to operate your ATV on some roads in Washington.
To qualify for an on-road tab in Washington, your ATV must:
- Have all of the following equipment:
- Head lamp.
- Tail lamp.
- Stop lamp.
- Turn signals.
- Spark arrester and muffler.
- See the Washington DOL website for more specific requirements.
- Have your ATV inspected by a licensed repair shop or dealer in Washington.
You will need to bring the following to your local WA DOL office:
- A completed Wheeled All-Terrain Vehicle Road Use Declaration (TD-420-003).
- You will receive this form when you have your ATV inspected.
- A receipt for the inspection.
- The ATV certificate of title.
For more information about getting an on-road tab, including related fees, contact the Washington DOL.
All snowmobiles, regardless if only restricted to private property, must be registered with the Washington DOL. It's an easy process that requires visiting a vehicle licensing office.
Bring proof of ownership, such as the signed-over title, the bill of sale, or the manufacturer's certificate of origin, as well as payment for all applicable fees. There are no downloadable application forms. All of the paperwork will be issued by a vehicle licensing agent.
Registration fees are determined by the age of your snowmobile. If it is less than 30 years old, you'll be charged $33.75. If it's 30 years old or older, you'll pay $15.75.
A snowmobile's registration is valid for 1 year at a time.
Registering a trailer is similar to registering any other vehicle. Visit any WA vehicle licensing office with proof of ownership and the ability to pay the fees. There are no downloadable application forms. All of the paperwork will be issued by a vehicle licensing agent.
Registration fees vary by weight and are as follows:
- Single axle boat trailer weighing 2,000 lbs. or less: $21.75.
- Single axle boat trailer weighing over 2,000 lbs.: $36.75.
- Single axle horse or utility trailer weighing 2,000 lbs. or less: $18.75.
- Single axle horse or utility trailer weighing over 2,000 lbs.: $33.75.
Recreational vehicles (RVs) and motorhomes need to be titled and registered much the same way as you would register your regular car in Washington. You'll need to visit your local WA DOL office in person and submit various documents and payment for the applicable fees.
Depending on if you bought the RV from a dealer or from a private seller, the documents required may vary.
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