Aircraft registration and licensing

Notice:  WSDOT Aviation Division building in Tumwater, WA is currently closed to walk-ins due to COVID-19 concerns so in-person aircraft renewal is currently unavailable.

Register your Aircraft Online

  • Registrations are on a calendar year basis (January 1 to December 31).
  • Aircraft registration is required by Washington State law ( RCW 47.68.250 ).
  • If you sell an airplane, please fill out our online exemption form within 30-days.
  • If you purchase an airplane, please give us a call within 30-days. 

How to Renew Online

  • Go to the secure online registration web page.
  • Follow the procedures. (You can personalize your account at this point.)
  • Submit your form with your credit card information.

How to Use the New Registration System: Please click the following link to find and download the “How to set up my SecureAccess Washington (SAW)” PDF file:

SecureAccess Washington (SAW):

  • If you already have a SecureAccess Washington (SAW) Account, then log into your account and follow steps 5 - 12
  • If you are new to SecureAccess Washington (SAW), please follow all 12 steps to set up and add Aircraft registration to your SAW Account


  1. Click “Sign up” to create an account
  2. Go to your email and click the activation link
  3. Click the “Login” button
  4. Click “Add New Service”
  5. Click “I would like to browse a list of services”
  6. Click “Department of Transportation”
  7. Click “Apply” next to “Aircraft Internet Registration”
  8. Click “OK”
  9. Click the “Aircraft Internet Registration” link
  10. Click “Continue”
  11. Click “If you remember” and type in your old username/email and password
  12. If you do not have an old username/email or password, then click “If you are new to our online system, or forgot your login information for the previous system” and we will validate your request shortly after so you can continue to the website.

How to Renew By Mail

  • Send your renewal notice and a check made payable to WSDOT to:PO Box 47361, Olympia, WA 98504.

Place your registration card in your aircraft. Renewal notices are mailed in December. Responsibility of renewal lies with the owner even if a notice is not received.

First Time Registering or New Washington Resident

  1. New registrants and new Washington residents must pay any use taxes due on the aircraft to the Washington State Department of Revenue. They will issue you a Declaration of Use Tax when your tax obligation has been satisfied. Washington State Department of Revenue Use Tax information
  2. Contact our office (within Washington State toll free (800) 552-0666) to find out the current registration fee due. The fee is different for different categories of aircraft such as single engine, multi, jet, helicopter etc. Also the fee is on a calendar year basis and is prorated for the remaining months of the current year.
  3. If you want to register online, contact 360-709-8015 or email to set up your account.
  4. If you prefer to register by mail, please send COPIES (DO NOT SEND ORIGINALS) of your Declaration of Use Tax, Download the Aircraft Registration Form (pdf 41 kb), and bill of sale if available.

Purchased aircraft from a Washington State Owner

Please contact WSDOT Aviation prior to sending in your payment.

Renewing an Aircraft Registration

Important:  Pilot and Mechanic Registration No Longer Required in Washington State

Washington State Rules and Regulations governing Aircraft Registration and Dealers License:

Aircraft registration fees go directly to support WSDOT Aviation’s airport preservation, maintenance and improvement programs, education outreach, and air search and rescue operations. Registrations are on a calendar year basis (January 1 to December 31). Aircraft registration is required by Washington State law (R.C.W. 47.68.250).

If you have any questions, please contact our office at (800) 552-0666 or (360) 709-8015.