Washington Motor Vehicle Power of Attorney (Form TD-420-050)

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The Washington Motor Vehicle Power of Attorney (Form TD-420-050) is a document provided by the Washington State Department of Licensing that allows for the party who enacts it to not only apply to the Department for a Power of Attorney, but also for a Release of Interest. Anyone who wishes to apply for a Power of Attorney must state who they want to act as their  Attorney-in-Fact. When making this important decision, the person granting the Power of Attorney should take into consideration that the Attorney-in-Fact will be granted the authority to “sign all papers and documents that may be necessary in order to secure, or release, Washington title and/or registration for the vehicle/vessel described.”

State Laws & Signing Requirements

State Laws – Uniform Power of Attorney Act

Signing Requirements – The Washington State Department of Licensing has a number of signing requirements specific to the type of act the motor vehicle owner wishes to authorize and the party who brings about the form. These requirements are noted below:

  • Power of Attorney: Any party who wishes to grant Power of Attorney must sign it.
    • A signature does not need to be notarized if it is signed in front of a WA vehicle licensing agent, who can certify the signature.
  • Release of interest: Both individuals and businesses / lienholders who execute the form must sign it.
    • Businesses / Lienholders: Do not need their signature notarized or certified signature with a current Washington title.
    • Individuals: Need their signature notarized or certified.