Frequently Asked Questions - Washington

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Washington General Information

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Lien Notification Transactions

Not at this time. 

Release Transactions

When a loan is paid off, the lien will be removed and the title will print and mail to either the owner or any 3rd party specified by the lienholder at time of release. 3rd party can include dealers, finance companies, insurance companies, etc. 


Not at this time. 

Paper Title Request Transactions



Not at this time. 

E2SHB 1129 Fee Increase (January 2015)

Only DOL, a County Auditor or other Agent appointed by the Director of the Department of Licensing (DOL) will charge the new service fee. Subagents collect the same amount as a 'subagent fee'. This service fee will make transactions cost the same whether done at DOL, the County Auditor, or a Subagent's office. 

Yes, for vehicle title transactions only. The service fee does not apply to vessel titles. 

Any vehicle title transaction processed through the ELT system on or after Jan. 1, 2015 would be subject to the new fee. Any vehicle title transaction processed through the ELT system on or before Dec. 31, 2014 will not be subject to the new fee. 

Yes, any vehicle title transaction will increase by$12.00 in the ELT system. 

No. The fees are the same regardless of whether done electronically or by paper 

The cost is the same regardless whether it is an electronic or paper title. There are no plans to making any changes on paper titles vs electronic titles in Washington State. 

It is twice as long to process a paper transaction versus an electronic transaction. 

A letter or email to the DOL ELT Contract Manager requesting termination of the contract. Any existing electronic titles in the system will have to be released to paper before the account can be closed and deleted from the ELT system. 

Any vehicle title transaction will go up by $12.00.The new fee will be $37.50. The fee will still be $37.50 even if done in a subagent's office. 

For a vehicle title transfer, the fee will increase to $37.50. For vessels, the fee will remain $9.00. The service fee does not apply to vessels. 

For a vehicle, the fee will increase to $31.00. For vessels, the fee will remain $5.00. The service fee does not apply to vessels. 

Yes, it will apply to both types of vehicle title transactions. It does not apply to vessels. The total fees would be the same in a subagent office. 

Yes, if you use an ALOT to process a new vehicle title transaction. No, if you are just printing an ALOT from the ELT system. It's the transaction that generates the fee, not the form. 

Yes, if the lien is released or a paper title produced 

No, the new service fee is not collected by the subagents; they already collect the same amount as a 'subagent fee'. The service fee makes the transaction cost the same whether processed at DOL, the County, or a Subagent's office. 

The fee will increase to $37.50 for vehicles and will remain $9.00 for vessels. 

Washington State is not a mandatory electronic title state. 

Yes. You do get charged when you release your lien.Both transactions will increase by $12.00 for vehicles. The new fee will be $31. The fee for vessels will remain $5.00. 


Electronic lien and title, also known as ELT, is a program offered by various US States allowing state Department of Motor Vehicles to electronically exchange lien and title information with lienholders in lieu of a paper title. 

The benefits of ELT far outweigh any drawbacks so every lender should want to use ELT. However, not every state requires a lender to use ELT. As of May 2015 the following states have MANDATED an ELT program: Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Nebraska, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, and Virginia. 

State jurisdiction benefits include: more accurate data resulting from the electronic exchange of data, improved delivery time, reduction in the use and control of secure forms, reduction in mailing and printing costs, improved data and forms security.

Lienholder benefits include: potential staff reduction in areas associated with filing, retrieval and mailing of paper titles, reduction in storage space needed for filing and storing of paper titles, ease of processing for dealer transactions, reduction in fraud. 

Yes. We have done many conversions both large and small from all of the main service providers. Your current service provider will supply us with a transmission of all your ACTIVE titles.