Other Vehicle Registrations in Washington
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.
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 (Form 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.
A snowmobile's registration is valid for 1 year at a time and require a $5 registration service fee for new registration or renewals.
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.
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.
- $5 registration service fee.
- $12 title service fee.
- Inspection fees.
- Regional Transportation Authority tax (only for the counties of Pierce, King, and Snohomish).
Note that some cities also require a local benefit district fee.
For more information on the registration process, see our Registering a Car in Washington page.
If you have a custom-built vehicle in Washington, you will need to first apply for a vehicle identification number (VIN) before you can register it. Schedule an appointment with the Washington State Patrol. You will need to bring some documents with you to the inspection:
- Bills of sale for all major components of the vehicle.
- A letter from the WA DOL explaining why you need an inspection.
There may be additional documents required depending on your situation. Visit the WA State Patrol website for more information.
Once you have a VIN assigned to your custom vehicle, follow the steps on our Washington Car Registration page to register your car. You'll need to bring your VIN inspection certificate with you to the WA DOL.
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 hp.
- 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.
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