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Dealer Alerts

Dealer License Renewal Letters & Other Licensing Documents Now Sent via Email

All communications from the Department of Revenue's Business Licensing Service are now sent by email, including dealer license renewal letters and business licenses. This is to offer a more streamlined approach that saves time, paper, and postage. The email address used for communication will be the same one linked to your SAW account.

We advise you to ensure your email address is up to date in your account so you can receive timely email reminders, correspondence, and license-related documents. Use this link to verify your SAW email address: Update Your Account Information.

To update your email address, log into your My DOR account using your SAW user ID and password and:

  1. On the My DOR Services page, click Get Started.
  2. Click the Manage My Profile link in the top right corner of your account summary page.
  3. On the Manage My Profile page, click the Profile tab.
  4. Click the Update your SAW profile contact information link to update the email address. If asked, complete the multi-factor authentication challenge to verify your identity.
  5. Update your email and then click Update.
  6. Click Return to My DOR to return to the My DOR Services page.

You can access your business license and print it on demand directly from your My DOR account. To print out your business license, log into your My DOR account using your SAW user ID and password and:

  1. On the My DOR Services page, click Get Started.
  2. Scroll down to Business License.
  3. Click on Print Business License.
  4. Your business license opens in a PDF document so that you can print it.

If you have questions about your SAW account, need help using My DOR, or you would like to request a paper business license be mailed to you, contact the Department of Revenue's Business Licensing Service at (360) 705-6741.


SB 5282: Authorizing Vehicle Dealers to File a Report of Sale - Effective July 23, 2023

Beginning on July 23, 2023, a vehicle dealer is now permitted to file a report of sale on behalf of an owner who trades in, sells, or otherwise transfers ownership of a vehicle to the dealer. This is optional and dealers are not required to file a report of sale on behalf of a vehicle owner.

If you choose to submit a report of sale on behalf of an owner, you must also collect and remit the required filing fees. The $13.25 filing fee to report the sale of a vehicle will be paid at the time the sale is reported. The report must be filed within 5 business days from the date of when the vehicle was received.

Filing a report of sale can be done online through the Department of Licensing's website and can be accessed here: Report a Vehicle Sale. The information you will need to file the report includes the license plate number, date of the sale or transfer, sale price or trade in value, your dealer name and address, an email address or printer to print the confirmation, and the VIN.

If you have any questions or need help in filing the report, call the Department of Licensing at 360-902-3770.


New Changes in the E-Permitting System Starting on June 29, 2023

Beginning on June 29, 2023, dealers will begin issuing the new temporary license plates through the existing E-permitting system. All dealers will be required to print these new temporary license plates through the E-permitting system and any outstanding E-permits in the system will be retained in the dealer's account and may be used for the new temporary license plates.

Would you like a preview of the new changes in the E-permitting system? Visit New Changes in the E-Permitting System to learn more about:

  • Changes in the E-permitting system
  • Generating temporary license plates & vehicle title applications.
  • Printing the new temporary license plates.
  • Purchasing E-permit credits and unassigned license plates directly in the E-permitting system.
  • Printing unassigned temporary license plates.

If you haven't already purchased the temporary license plate paper, visit Dealer Temporary License Plate Paper Supply Vendors for a list of paper supply vendors.


SHB 1790 Temporary License Plates - Paper Supply Vendors

We have compiled a list of paper products that will work with the requirements for the new temporary license plates that will go into effect on June 29, 2023.

The Department of Licensing is NOT requiring dealers to purchase the paper products from one specific vendor (business, supplier, or association) and there are multiple vendors that can provide the paper stock that satisfies the statutory and printing requirements.

The paper requirements include:

  • 8.5” x 11” size (full-size plate will be 6” x 11” with a 2.5” x 11” perforated tear-off that will contain additional information)
  • White paper stock
  • Sheets should come blank (no security features required)
  • Paper must remain unaltered by weather conditions (no fading, no ripping, water resistant, heat and cold resistant)

While the regulation allows for paper that can be printed on laser or inkjet printers, the below paper products will only work with laser printers. Here are some vendors that offer the temporary license plate paper:

Regardless of which vendor you choose for your paper supply, you are required to ensure the durability and display requirements can be met.

In our communication with the DOL, they are working on addressing some of the questions and concerns related to these new temporary license plates. We will pass along the information when we know more.


SHB 1790: Replacing Temporary Permits with Temporary License Plates - Effective June 29, 2023

SHB 1790 was passed by the WA State Legislature during the 2022 legislative session. This bill replaces temporary permits, including dealer temporary permits, with temporary license plates. These new temporary license plates must be printed on durable paper material using a laser or inkjet printer and they must be displayed on the vehicle in the same manner as permanent license plates, on both the front and back of the vehicle.

Beginning on June 29, 2023, all dealers will be required to print these new temporary license plates through the E-services system. This is the same system that you use to print the E-permits now. Any outstanding E-permits will be retained in the dealer's account and may be used for the temporary license plates starting on July 1st. Additional temporary plates will be purchased through your local DOL subagent, just as you do with the E-permits.

The DOL recommends that dealers should secure the paper material as soon as possible in case of supply chain issues that might make it difficult to order and receive the paper by June 29th. There are multiple vendors that can provide the paper stock that satisfy the statutory and printing requirements. Currently, the DOL is not certifying any specific vendor or paper product as being acceptable. The DOL has contracted with Relyco for it's own initial supply.

The DOL states that the paper requirements must include:

  • 8.5” x 11” size (full-size plate will be 6” x 11” with a 2.5” x 11” tear-off containing additional information.)
  • White stock (matte finish preferred, but not required.)
  • Sheets should come blank, no security features required.

Perforation locations are being finalized and will be shared by the DOL when available. The paper shall remain unaltered by field conditions with no fading, no ripping, and be water, heat and cold resistant while affixed to the vehicle.

We will be gathering a list of paper products that will comply with the requirements and post those on our website soon.

If you have any questions, please email the DOL at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or give us a call or send us an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


FTC Extends Deadline for Compliance with the New Safeguards Rule Provisions to June 9, 2023

The FTC reviewed their Safeguards Rule in 2021 and determined that it needed updating to be effective and relevant to how businesses safeguard their customers' sensitive information. Due to staffing shortages and supply chain issues, the FTC extended the deadline for the amended provisions to June 9, 2023.

The Safeguards Rule requires non-banking financial institutions to ensure the privacy of sensitive customer information. The phrase "financial institutions" includes auto dealers and any business that engages in financial-related activities. These businesses are required under the Safeguards Rule to establish a written information security program outlining their methods for protecting consumer data.

The extended deadline applies only to certain provisions of the revised Rule. Those provisions that have an extension include:

  • Designating a qualified person to oversee their information security program.
  • Developing a written risk assessment.
  • Limiting and monitoring who can access sensitive customer information.
  • Encrypting all sensitive information.
  • Training security personnel.
  • Developing an incident response plan.
  • Periodically assessing the security practices of service providers.
  • Implementing multi-factor authentication or another method with equivalent protection for anyone accessing customer information.

For more information on the details of what is required for complying with the updated provisions, visit FTC Safeguards Rule: What Your Business Needs to Know.