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I just moved to Washington. When do I have to register my aircraft?

You have 90 days after becoming a resident to register your aircraft.

I'm a Washington resident and I just purchased an aircraft.

30 days.

Does an experimental/home built aircraft have to be registered?


An experimental/homebuilt aircraft must be registered with the state, unless any one of the exemptions apply.


What about Washington State residents with aircraft based out-of-state?

Aircraft based out-of-state would be exempt from Washington State registration. See #3 on the exemption list.


Where does the money go?

The registration fee is broken down into two parts: a $15 registration/filing fee and an excise tax based on aircraft type. The entire registration/filing fee is credited to the Aeronautics Account, which is a dedicated fund used directly for aviation purposes. Ten percent of the excise tax collected is also credited to the Aeronautics Account for aviation purposes. The remainder goes into the General Fund and is not returned to Aviation.


How much is my aircraft registration?

Newest Aircraft Registration Fee Schedule