FOLLOWUP: West Seattle’s new vehicle/vessel-licensing office opens June 30th

After a year and a half without a vehicle/vessel-licensing office in West Seattle, the new one opens one week from today, at 9 am Wednesday, June 30th, after a ribboncutting ceremony. We just got that word from operator Randy Lais. Here’s the backstory from King County, which administers the contracts for subagents like this one:

Seattle Auto License, Inc. will provide services as a private business appointed by the Department of Licensing and will operate as a county-contracted subagent. Seattle Auto License, Inc. will provide title and license services for vehicles, motorcycles, vessels, watercraft, travel and utility trailers. Customers can also renew registrations, get a report of a sale, get trip permits and disabled placards. Initially, customers will need to pay with cash or check until the credit card system is set up.

The new location in Westwood Village is easily accessible with plentiful parking, including ADA parking right in front of the office. The new licensing subagent is also close to the Washington State Driver Licensing Office.

King County partners with the Washington State Department of Licensing (DOL) to issue and renew vehicle and vessel licenses. Through this partnership, King County also contracts with local businesses, called subagents, to offer convenient locations to conduct in-person licensing. Visit to see the services that are offered online.

The new office is on the north edge of Westwood Village, near the SW Trenton entrance; we first reported on the new subagent seven months ago. The new office will be open 9 am-5 pm Mondays-Fridays, 10 am-2 pm Saturdays.

13 Replies to "FOLLOWUP: West Seattle's new vehicle/vessel-licensing office opens June 30th"

  • Tardy Local June 23, 2021 (7:00 pm)

    Thank goodness!

    I have been waiting nearly two years to renew my tabs showing my support of local businesses.

    • StuckInWestSeattle June 23, 2021 (11:22 pm)

      But are you driving? There is a guy near my house with a literal junkyard with a couple old delivery trucks and lately a mercedes with a busted out window and way out of date tabs I see driving around a lot. In addition to like 4-5 other junkers. This you? If so please clean up your mess.

      • k June 24, 2021 (11:30 am)

        Who exactly do you think you are?  They simply made a comment about needing tabs, and you chose to attack them.  Calm down or go for a walk…

      • Tardy Local June 24, 2021 (2:44 pm)

        I hear your call to clean up the mess.  
        But I did write in jest. 
        The commenter’s description could fit innumerable West Seattle houses.
        Storing vehicles in residential yards is not allowed by Seattle,

        nor is enforcing the rule.

  • sam-c June 23, 2021 (7:07 pm)

    yay.  such a good option for this chore. thank you

  • Trickycoolj June 23, 2021 (7:20 pm)

    Well it’s 1 and 2 months too late for us but good that something is finally here!

  • 1994 June 23, 2021 (10:38 pm)

    So many expired license tabs I spy! They could have a line out the door and over to the post office if all those expired tab people would renew.

    • Marco June 24, 2021 (10:32 am)

      I don’t understand that… Always get my renewals by mail in 3 days.

  • Lola June 24, 2021 (8:00 am)

    There is the Georgetown License place not too far from Westwood Village.  That is where most people have been getting theirs.  Or you can also opt to re-new on line and get them sent to you like me and my husband did this year for our vehicles.

  • helpermonkey June 24, 2021 (8:44 am)

    I’ve been having my tabs mailed to me by the Georgetown agency for many years. I never liked the WS location, the people there were always super rude and it smelled like mold and dog all the time. I am glad I stopped going there, since it turned out they were crooked and I likely would have had my credit card # stolen. Glad we’re finally getting a shiny new agency here in town! 

  • CeeJay June 24, 2021 (9:51 am)

    I’ve been having the Silas agency in Burien mail mine for years with no issues.

  • Boop June 24, 2021 (3:20 pm)

    Was there ever a completed investigation on what happened at the old West Seattle License location?  

  • Eldorado June 25, 2021 (8:08 am)

    Yay!  Best news I’ve heard/read all year!

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