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Washington Registration Renewal

The Department of Licensing (DOL) of Washington will send out a renewal notice several weeks before your registration is set to expire. This will either be sent by email (if requested) or through the mail. The renewal notice will contain your registration deadline, an emissions test notice if it is required, and your renewal fee amount(s).

On your notice you will see a section that will tell you whether or not you will need an emissions test before your can renew your registration. People who live in these counties will need to have their vehicles tested every two years:

  • Spokane
  • Snohomish
  • Pierce
  • King
  • Clark

The results of the emissions test will be sent directly to the DOL of Washington, typically within hours of the test having been completed.

You can renew your registration up to 6 months before its expiration date. You may renew either online, by mail, or in person. To renew in person you will need to visit your local DOL office and provide:

  1. Emissions test completion
  2. Renewal notice or your current registration
  3. Photo ID
  4. Proof of residence
  5. Payment for your renewal fees

To renew your registration online or through the mail you will need to follow the instructions that have been provided on your renewal form.