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NOTICE:  Vehicle/Vessel Licensing Services Unavailable August 31 - September 3

The Washington State Department of Licensing vehicle/vessel licensing system will be shut down August 31 through September 3 for a system upgrade.  All licensing services will be unavailable during that time.  Normal operations will resume on September 4.

Agent for Department of Licensing

As an agent for Washington Department of Licensing, the Auditor's Office is responsible for providing the following services.

  • Issuance of license plates and registration
    • for vehicles
    • vessels
  • Title transactions for vehicles, vessels, snowmobiles, and manufactured homes
  • Addition or removal of legal owners (lien holders)
  • Sale of gross weight for commercial vehicles
  • Sale of trip permits and special fuel permits
  • Issuance of disabled parking placards

The Auditor is also an agent for Department of Revenue and collects tax on the transfer of vehicles and vessels.

Quick Title Service
The Cowlitz County Auditor is now processing Quick Titles, if you need your new title immediately. There's an additional $50.00 fee to get a Quick Title.

Note: Quick Titles are not available for snowmobiles, vehicles or boats reported as stolen, insurance or wrecker destroyed vehicles and boats, or vehicles or boats with "WA Rebuilt" on the title.

The Auditor's Office cannot approve Quick Title paperwork over the phone.  Click here to locate other offices in Washington, who also provide Quick Title services.

Licensing - Additional Information

New to Washington

Registration Renewal


Selling a Vehicle

Buying a Vehicle


Contact Us

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Carolyn Fundingsland


Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

207 N. 4th Ave.
Room 206
Kelso, WA 98626

Ph: 360-577-3002
Fx: 360-414-5552

711 or 800-833-6384
Washington Relay

Ph: 360-577-3002

Auto Licensing
Ph: 360-577-3008

Ph: 360-577-3005

Marriage Licensing
Ph: 360-577-3006

Ph: 360-577-3006

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