Chelan County Auditor

Licensing Fees

Subagent offices charge the same amount as the County Auditor’s Office!!

Vehicle licensing fees are established by the Washington State Legislature. The Department of Licensing maintains a list of various fees paired with their statutory authority.


Registration Renewal Elements

  • Vehicle Weight – All vehicles are assigned a weight class, even motorcycles. The weight classes enable renewal fees to be guided by the expected wear and tear that vehicle will place on the roads.
  • Location – Taxes and fees differ as you cross the boundaries of a city, county, or other municipal district. All vehicles must be registered to the primary living address of the registered owners. Use of any other address, including those of secondary properties owned, is subject to investigation.

Additional registration renewal information can be found on the DOL website.


Use Tax

Use tax on the fair market value will be collected at the time of ownership transfer. Exemptions and further explanation can be found on the DOL page for Use Tax.

The current rates for Motor Vehicle Use Tax can be found on the Department of Revenue website. For motorized vehicles, the use tax is 0.3% higher than the sales tax rate for a given location. The use tax rate for non-motorized vehicles is equal to the sales tax rate.

When a vehicle’s value is impacted by poor condition or major repairs required, a completed and signed Declaration of Buyer and Seller can be submitted at the time of transfer.  


Transfer of Ownership

We have assembled some guidance for special topics in titling. Please refer to the Department of Licensing site for further exploration of topics relating to transfer of ownership.


Request for fee estimate

To obtain an estimate of taxes and fees required for a transfer, please email us the following information:

  1. Completed DOL title application
  2. The title, front and back
  3. Purchase Agreement
  4. Any other transaction paperwork

A quote for transfer and registration fees can be built based on the specifics contained in the above forms. If all you need is a ballpark figure, we will not need to see the forms listed above, but we will need to know key information such as purchase price and vehicle make/model/trim, your address, etc. Please include a phone number with your request.

***Please be advised that when provided with incomplete information, we may calculate a quote that turns out to be significantly different than what we calculate later when working with data from the actual paperwork.


Posted: 12/15/2014 02:59 PM
Last Updated: 03/15/2024 04:52 PM

Chelan County Calendar

Upcoming events and schedules at the county!

  • 05
    Jun 2024
    09:00 AM - 10:00 AM

    Hearing Examiner - June 5, 2024

    Posted by: Community Development

    By Zoom Video Conference or in person call 509-667-6518
  • 05
    Jun 2024
    11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Chelan County Civil Service Commission

    Posted by: Human Resources

    The Chelan County Civil Service Commission will be meeting on June 5, 2024.

    Chelan County Commissioners Office, ES Conference Room.
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    May 2024
    06:30 PM - 08:00 PM

    Planning Commission - May 22, 2024

    Posted by: Community Development

    400 Douglas Street