How to Replace a Title in Washington
Getting a duplicate title when you’ve lost it is easy in the state of Washington. You’ll file TD-420-040 form, pay the $31 duplicate title fee, and submit your information to the WA DOL.
Why does this matter? Well, if you want to buy/sell, register, or renew will need their vehicle’s title.
Nowadays, you can file your title electronically saving you a lot of time and hassle. Yet, some car owners prefer a physical copy. Unfortunately, these paper titles can get damaged, lost, or stolen easily.
The following sections will help you understand the exact steps and requirements to get a duplicate title when replacing one in Washington.
Getting a Replacement WA Title: How-to
You will likely replace a title in-person at a WA DOL location (click to find one near you) for the convenience. Or, you can do this process by mail (see the section below).
Replacing the title requires you to file an Affidavit of Loss/Release of Interest (Form TD-420-040). You will complete the form, sign, and notarize the document. Now is the time to fix errors or update information like your name and address.
You’ll pay a $31 replacement fee for the request.
Note: Your vehicle’s lienholder will complete the replacement if applicable. If they’re not available, you may request them removed before completing the process.
Replacing a Title at a DMV
Complete the following if you’re going to a DOL location:
- Locate your nearest office
- File and bring the TD-420-040 application
- Complete the document
- Sign and notarize (both parties)
- Pay the fee and taxes (check, cash, card)
The clerk will verify your information, process the payment, and provide a replacement title by mail in around a 2-month window. Otherwise, you can use the state’s License eXpress service for faster service but at a higher cost.
Replacing a Title by Mail
The title replacement takes longer by mail – almost 10-weeks to be exact – but is available if you’ve got time or can’t get over to a DMV location. This process needs the TD-420-040 form and payment addressed to the Department of Licensing.
Send your information to:
Refunds and Title Services
Department of Licensing
PO Box 9030
Olympia, WA 98507
Keeping your information up-to-date is recommended to avoid hassles. You can update your address online or in-person at any DOL location. Changing your name requires a TD-420-040 form or TD-420-047 form plus the title cost ($31). So, make these changes when getting a replacement to save money!