Register an aircraft

All aircraft in Washington state must register with WSDOT Aviation and is required by Washington State law.


The WSDOT Aviation office will open to the public Tuesdays and Wednesdays starting April 19 for assistance with aircraft registration.

The option to pay registration fees by mail or electronically are still available. If you have questions, please contact Tracy Paul at 360-709-8015.

By appointment only, there is an option to make an aircraft registration payment on Mondays. Appointment requests need to be approved prior by contacting Tracy Paul at 360-709-8015, or

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).

Register or renew aircraft online

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

  • Please remember to place your registration card in your aircraft.
  • Registrations are on a calendar year basis (January 1 to December 31).
  • Renewal notices are mailed in December. Responsibility for renewal lies with the owner even if a notice is not received.
  • 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.

Registering your airplane for the first time or as a new Washington state resident

  • 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
  • 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. The fee is also on a calendar year basis and is prorated for the remaining months of the current year.
  • If you want to register online, contact 360-709-8015 or email to set up your account.
  • 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 41KB), and bill of sale if available.

Signing into 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 “Apply” next to “Aircraft Internet Registration”
  7. Click “OK”
  8. Click the “Aircraft Internet Registration” link
  9. Click “Continue”

Washington state aircraft rules and regulations:


Find out how to apply for an aircraft dealer's license, and download a copy of the form.

Use this form to notify WSDOT Aviation within thirty days of any change in ownership of a Washington State registered aircraft.

In some cases, you may qualify for an aviation exemption. Submit the exemption form to waive your annual aircraft registration fee.

Find information regarding aircraft fee schedules in Washington state.

Conditions of municipalities & ports owning an airport.

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