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Subagent Assignment Info

Subagent Assignment Info

Subagents are privately-owned businesses that are appointed by the state Department of Licensing (DOL) director to perform vehicle and vessel title and licensing services.  Once the DOL director has appointed a subagent, then the county may contract with the subagent to perform title and licensing services.

King County contracts with subagents that provide 21 licensing locations throughout the region. Justification for a new subagent location is based on area and transactional statistics which is reviewed and approved by DOL.

Request for Proposals/Applications

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For more information regarding the subagent selection process, please contact our Subagent Liaison at

Frequently Asked Questions

At this time, the Department of Licensing (DOL) appointment and King County Subagent contract are awarded to the individuals, as a group, who are listed on the Vehicle/Vessel Licensing Subagent Application. The business name is identified on the contract as a ‘dba’ but the appointment and contract are with the individuals on the application. 

RFP/A Section 1.13 – A.3, states in part: Attachment A - Vehicle/Vessel Licensing Subagent Application: This application must be completed and signed by all applicants. All individuals listed on this application are seeking to be awarded this contract and the Sub-Agent appointment from the Department of Licensing (DOL).

At this time, it is not a requirement that the applicant(s) / proposer(s), nor any appointed subagent’s employees, be a United States citizen(s).

Applicant(s) / Proposer(s) must be able to legally enter a business contract with King County.  

Applicant(s) / Proposer(s) awarded the appointment and contract must adhere to local, state, and federal employment laws.   

A simplified list of the King County RFP process is as follows:

  1. Issue and advertise RFP (advertisement is for a minimum of 30 days)
  2. King County and DOL Evaluate proposals
  3. Award Department of Licensing appointment and King County Contract
  4. Administer Contract
You are looking for Revised Codes of Washington (RCW 46.01.140) County auditors, agents, and subagents—Powers and duties—Standard contracts—Rules.


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