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I-976 update

  • License tab fees remain temporarily unaffected by Initiative 976 due to a preliminary injunction by the Washington State Superior Court.
  • The state Supreme Court issued a short order on Dec. 4 denying a request by the Attorney General to allow I-976 to take effect.
  • The county and area subagent offices are legally bound to collect licensing fees for the State of Washington Department of Licensing.
  • The final legality of I-976 rests with the courts.
Washington State Department of Licensing

Need to license your car, truck, or boat? Or renew registration and tabs? King County partners with the Washington State Department of Licensing (DOL) to issue and renew vehicle and vessel licenses. Through this partnership, King County also contracts with local businesses, called subagents, to offer convenient locations to conduct in-person licensing. Need even more convenient options? Visit to see the services that are offered online.

The exact amount of your vehicle title and registration fees depend on several factors:

  • Vehicle type
  • Vehicle weight
  • Where you live
  • License plate type
Service fees collected by subagents, King County, and DOL are charged at the same rate.


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Note: All links on this page are external links to the Washington State Department of Licensing (DOL).


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