(7) Penalty for late transfer. A person who has recently acquired a motor vehicle by purchase, exchange, gift, lease, inheritance, or legal action who does not apply for a new certificate of title within fifteen calendar days of delivery of the vehicle is charged a penalty, as described in RCW 46.17.140, when applying for a new certificate of title. It is a misdemeanor to fail or neglect to apply for a transfer of ownership within forty-five days after delivery of the vehicle. The misdemeanor is a single continuing offense for each day that passes regardless of the number of days that have elapsed following the forty-five day time period
Misdemeanors in Washington carry a maximum sentence of not more than $1,000.00 and not more than 90 days in jail. While it is unlikely that you will be given a jail sentence for this charge, it IS a criminal conviction. You should consult with an attorney and ask about the possibility of negotiating a deal for a reduced charge to an under 45 day violation. You may be able to negotiate this without the assistance of a lawyer, but I would suggest at least consulting with one first. If you qualify, you can request a public defender at your initial hearing.