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Vehicle registration holds

Vehicle registration holds for unpaid tolls
Drivers have up to 80 days to pay their toll for crossing the SR 520 or Tacoma Narrows bridges before receiving a notice of civil penalty. Registered vehicle owners have up to 20 days to pay or to dispute a civil penalty. If the vehicle owner has civil penalties that have not been paid or disputed after 20 days, the Department of Licensing will place a hold on their vehicle registration.

If you dispute your civil penalty and are found liable – you have 10 days to pay the tolls and all accrued fees and penalties before a vehicle registration hold is placed.

What does a vehicle registration hold mean?
Vehicle owners with holds on their vehicle registration will not be able to renew their vehicle tabs and registration. Failure to properly register your vehicle may result in additional infraction and criminal charges.

How to check for a hold

  • Drivers can call Good To Go! at 1-866-936-8246 or visit a customer service center in Seattle, Bellevue or Gig Harbor to check if they have a vehicle registration hold.
  • DOL will notify registered vehicle owners of any registration holds when you receive your annual vehicle renewal notice or attempt to renew your vehicle tabs.

How to remove a hold

  • In order to release the hold, vehicle owners will be required to pay the tolls and all accrued fees and penalties.
  • You can pay online, by phone, mail or in person at a Good To Go!  customer service center in Seattle, Bellevue or Gig Harbor.

Timeline for removing holds

  • If you would like your hold removed the same day, you can visit a Good To Go! customer service center in Seattle, Bellevue or Gig Harbor and pay your tolls and accrued fees in person. They will give you a receipt which you can take to a vehicle licensing office to get the hold lifted the same day.
  • If you pay your tolls and accrued fees online or by phone, your hold will be lifted within two business days. If you pay by mail, the hold will be lifted up to two business days after we receive your payment.