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Temporary License Permit

What is the Purpose of this Permit?
A Department of Licensing permit to provide Washington State licensing for three consecutive days to a vehicle in lieu of regular licensing. The Department of Transportation issues this permit on behalf of The Department of Licensing.
Who Issues this Permit?
Washington State Department of Transportation
What Activities Require this Permit?
Temporary License Permits (also known as Trip Permits) allow vehicle owners to operate their unlicensed vehicles on public roadways. A vehicle is considered unlicensed if: the vehicle tabs are expired or the current gross weight isn't enough for the load being carried. These permits cannot be used in lieu of tonnage for a vehicle currently licensed in Washington but can be used to increase current tonnage. Permits are valid 3 consecutive days and no more than 3 permits can be issued for any 1 vehicle within a 30-day period.
How Much Will this Permit Cost?
$25.00 (Agent offices may charge an additional service fee)
Where Can I Get the Application for this Permit?
The application which is called 'DOT Form 560-025' is online and can be accessed at https://wsdot.wa.gov/commercial-vehicle/permits/home.
Do I Need to Include Anything with my Application?
No - Only the permit application and permit fee is required to issue the permit (only 3 permits can be issued in a thirty day period)
Is the Decision on my Permit Dependent on Anything Besides the Information in my Application?
No - The application and permit fee is all that is required in order to issue the permit
How Long Will it Take to Review my Application?
This permit is issued as requested. There is no review time necessary.
Where do I Submit my Application?
You can self-issue this permit type by accessing WSDOT's self issue permit program at https://wsdot.wa.gov/commercial-vehicle/permits/self-issue, you can contact a Permit Agent or visit any WSDOT Permit Office.

For information about Permit Agents or WSDOT Permit Offices see: https://wsdot.wa.gov/commercial-vehicle/permits/permitting-offices
How Long is my Permit Valid?
Permits are valid three (3) consecutive days from the date of purchase
What is the Appeal Process for the Permit?
N/A
Notes / Comments:
Permits are only for vehicles being used on public roadways, temporary license permits are not available for non-roadway and off-road vehicles, including snowmobiles, and ORV use class vehicles. Two axle vehicles with a gross weight of 26,000 lbs. or less and are currently licensed in another state, have reciprocity and are not required to license in Washington. Reciprocity also covers trailers that have current licensing in other states.
Permit Timeliness Results

Permit Timeliness data collection is in response to a State Auditor’s Performance Audit and RCW 43.42A. Each regulatory agency developed a plan to improve permit clarity, predictability, and timeliness. Each agency considers the customers experience to ensure permit assistance is simple to use, easy to access, and designed in a customer-friendly manner. Agencies report progress to the Governor’s Office for Regulatory Innovation and Assistance (ORIA). ORIA prepares and distributes reports, with participation from the State Auditor’s Office and Results Washington. See latest report here: https://www.oria.wa.gov/ORIA-2018-PermitTimelinessProgressReport.pdf.

All permits submitted for reporting were entered into this Regulatory Handbook. Here are the results of the performance data:

Estimated Time Required By the Agency to Process a Permit Application (Definition)
Average number of days from Receipt to Complete: 1
Maximum number of days from Receipt to Complete: 1

Estimated Time Required By the Agency to Issue a Permit Decision (Definition)
Average number of days from Complete Application to Decision: 1
Maximum number of days from Complete Application to Decision: 1

(Summary results based on 14740 submittals in 2019)

Where can I get permitting assistance?
Helpdesk phone: (360) 704-6340
Subject matter expert phone: (360) 704-6340 - 3 Permit Specialists
Subject matter expert email: CVSpermits@wsdot.wa.gov
Statewide Contact:
Washington State Department of Transportation
Commercial Vehicle Services
7345 Linderson Way SW
PO Box 47367
Tumwater, WA 98504-7367
Telephone: (360) 704-6340
Email: CVSpermits@wsdot.wa.gov
Website: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov
* Permit information last updated 7/27/2020
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