Washington Revised Code Title 46. Motor Vehicles § 46.12.520. Certificate required to operate and sell vehicle--Manufacturer or dealer testing--Security interest, how perfected

(1) A person shall not:

(a) Operate a vehicle in this state with a registration certificate issued by the department without having a certificate of title for the vehicle that contains the name of the registered owner exactly as it appears on the registration certificate;  or

(b) Sell or transfer a vehicle without complying with the provisions of this chapter relating to certificates of title and vehicle registration.

(2) A certificate of title does not need to be obtained for a vehicle owned by a manufacturer or dealer and held for sale, even though incidentally moved on the highway or used for purposes of testing and demonstration, or for a vehicle used by a manufacturer or dealer solely for testing.  A security interest in a vehicle held as inventory by a manufacturer or dealer must be perfected as described in chapter 62A.9A RCW.  An endorsement is not required on certificates of title held by a manufacturer or dealer to perfect the security interest.  A certificate of title may be issued for any vehicle without the vehicle needing to be registered.

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