What is a dealer temporary license plate? For the purposes of
vehicles, a dealer temporary license plate is a combination title application
and temporary registration used by Washington licensed vehicle dealers when
delivering a vehicle that is not currently registered, or does not have valid
Washington license plates, tabs, decals, or gross weight, or the current tabs
will expire within 45 days of the date of delivery.
How does a Washington licensed
vehicle dealer obtain dealer temporary license plates? Washington
licensed vehicle dealers may purchase dealer temporary license plates at any
Washington vehicle licensing office for the fee required in RCW
Washington licensed vehicle dealers receive when purchasing dealer temporary
license plates? Washington licensed vehicle dealers will receive access
to printable temporary license plates through the department's e-permitting
licensed dealers be able to obtain unassigned temporary license plates for
off-line use? A dealer may preprint and hold up to 10 unassigned
temporary license plates purchased through the e-permitting system for off-line
use, with the expiration date to be manually recorded in dark, bold letters and
numbers upon use. A dealer may not have more than 10 unassigned temporary
license plates at one time, unless an exception is approved by the department.
The e-permitting system will not allow a dealer to preprint additional
unassigned temporary license plates, beyond the 10 allowed, until the
previously issued unassigned temporary license plates are properly filed in the
e-permitting system and all required information is recorded with the
What are the
requirements for using unassigned temporary license plates? Washington
licensed dealers who issue unassigned temporary license plates must enter the
dealer temporary license plate information into the department's e-permitting
system within 24 hours of issuance or hardware/software resolution, or within
24 hours of returning to the office if the hard copy was issued off-site.
Failure to properly record the required information into the department's
e-per-mitting system may result in a Washington licensed dealer being unable to
preprint additional unassigned temporary license plates until the previously
issued unassigned temporary license plates are accounted for.
Will Washington licensed vehicle
dealers be able to use previously purchased hard copy (paper/card stock) dealer
temporary permits after July 1, 2023? Washington licensed dealers will
no longer be able to purchase hard copy dealer temporary permits after July 1,
2023, but may issue any remaining stocks until July 15, 2023. After July 15,
2023, Washington licensed dealers must fully transition to using dealer
temporary license plates printed through the department's e-permitting system.
Dealer temporary permits issued by dealers will no longer be valid for
unregistered vehicle use on public highways after September 1, 2023.