Vehicle Licensing

Posted Vehicle Licensing Office Hours:

  • Monday – Friday: 9:30 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.
  • Saturday: 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Customers will be waited on from inside the vehicle licensing office.  The vehicle licensing office can accept payment via Debit/Credit cards, check, money order, bank check, or cash.  Please have the following ready:
1) Your license plate number or last eight of your VIN,

2) Your Driver’s License/ Military I.D., and

3) Payment for all transactions.

Please note that if you want to pick up tabs, you need to have the same last name, or the same address on your driver’s license.  Otherwise, you will need a note with an original signature from the owner that states the following:  “I, (name of owner of vehicle) give __________ permission to pick up tabs on the following name vehicle:  Year:______ Make_______ VIN:________________________________.  Signed:  (must be original signature, and must be dated).  YCS is not allowed to accept scanned, e-mailed, or copies of notes.


Renew Tabs Online

If you need to contact Yelm Community Services, please do so fax, or phone and leave a message.

Telephone: 360.458.7000 (Vehicle Licensing and all Social Services)
Thrift Shop Telephone: 360.458.4230
Fax: 360.458.4226

Some special instructions:
For Vehicle Licensing:  Please renew your tabs on-line. They are mailed out the same day as the order. Please make sure you have the correct mailing address on your notice.
Link to renew tabs:

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You may renew your tabs online by using one of the following links. If you process your online renewal by 2:30pm, while we are open, it will be mailed out that day otherwise it will be mailed the next business day. When you process your renewal, please remember to select one of our location, Yelm Community Services.

To Renew Your Tabs On-line:  Please be sure to renew your tabs at Yelm Community Services.   Your support helps to provide funding for the food bank.  Please support Yelm Community Services!!!

Special License Plates:
Top view the unique designs and to get informed on how to obtain a specialized plate:

To obtain a USDOT number on-line:
To obtain a USDOT number online from the U.S. Department of Transportation.  The USDOT number is needed when renewing tabs or transferring titles for many commercial vehicles.

Yelm Community Services became a vehicle and vessel title and licensing sub-agency in 1978.  Today, Yelm Community Services is one of nine sub-agents located in Thurston County and one of just a few nonprofit organizations in the State of Washington who provide vehicle and vessel title and licensing.

When you renew your tabs or transfer your title at Yelm Community Services, you are providing a unique form of public support for your community’s food bank.  Since 1978, the primary source of revenue for all activities of the agency has been generated from customers, like you, who buy their tabs and transfer their titles at Yelm Community Services.

When you buy your tabs here, you are helping to give a bag of groceries to a senior in need.  You are helping to buy gifts for kids during the holiday.

Why not buy your tabs here and do a good turn for someone in your neighborhood?