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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.

    All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) Registration

    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.

    Street-Legal ATVs

    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.
      • Brakes.
      • Mirror.
      • Horn.
      • Spark arrester and muffler.
      • Windshield.
      • Seatbelts.
    • 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:

    For more information about getting an on-road tab, including related fees, contact the Washington DOL.

    Snowmobile Registration in Washington

    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 under 30 years old, you'll be charged $33.75. If it's 30 years old or more, you'll pay $15.75.

    A snowmobile's registration is valid for 1 year at a time.

    WA Trailer Registration

    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 up to 2,000 lbs.: $21.75.
    • Single axle boat trailer weighing more than 2,000 lbs.: $36.75.
    • Single axle horse or utility trailer weighing up to 2,000 lbs.: $18.75.
    • Single axle horse or utility trailer weighing more than 2,000 lbs.: $33.75.

    Recreational Vehicles and Motorhomes

    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.

    For more information, see our Register Car in Washington page.

    Mopeds and Scooters in WA

    Mopeds must be registered in Washington, just like you'd register a car.

    WA state defines a moped as a vehicle with:

    • 2 to 3 wheels.
    • A motor under 50 cc and up to 2 horsepower.
    • A top speed of 30 mph.

    To be registered and operated on public roads, a moped must meet all safety and operational regulations.

    Electric bicycles and foot scooters with motors DO NOT have to registered in Washington.