(1) When may the department issue a ride share special license plate? Ride share special license plates may be issued when:
The passenger motor vehicle is primarily used as a commute ride-sharing motor vehicle defined in RCW 46.74.010
(1). The vehicle owner may be issued special ride-share license plates by satisfying the provisions of RCW 46.18.285
. Any person desiring the special ride-share license plates must make application on a form approved by the department and pay all fees required by chapter 46.12
RCW and the special ride-share license plate fee required by RCW 46.18.285
. The owner must then provide:
(a) For privately owned vehicles, a statement that the vehicle is being used as a ride-sharing vehicle; or
(b) For motor vehicles operated by public transportation agencies or by major employers defined in RCW 70.94.524
in commute trip reduction programs, a written statement that the motor vehicle is used as a commuter ride-sharing motor vehicle.
(c) A written statement that the motor vehicle is used for commuter ride-sharing if the passenger motor vehicle is owned, rented or leased by a government agency.
(2) Can the ride-share license plate be transferred to another motor vehicle? To transfer license plates to another motor vehicle, the owner must:
(a) Make application to and receive approval by the department for the replacement passenger motor vehicle; and
(b) Pay applicable fees stated in RCW 46.17.200
(3) What happens when I remove or transfer special ride-share plates from my vehicle? When you remove or transfer special ride-share license plates from one motor vehicle to another, you must:
(a) Purchase replacement license plates if the motor vehicle will be operated on public highways; and
(b) Pay applicable tax for the remaining license registration period for the vehicle.
(c) If use/sales tax was exempted but the vehicle was used less than thirty-six consecutive months as a ride-share motor vehicle, use tax is due and payable to the department of revenue.
(4) What happens when the ride-share motor vehicle is sold or transferred to another person?
(a) When a ride-share motor vehicle is sold or transferred to another person who will continue to use the passenger motor vehicle as a commuter ride-share vehicle, the new owner must:
(i) Apply for a certificate of title under chapter 46.12
(ii) Apply for commuter ride-share exemption; and
(iii) Pay all required fees and taxes including the special license plate fee.
(b) Upon application for registration renewal, the owners of nongovernment ride-share plated vehicles must:
(i) Provide a statement that the motor vehicle is used as a commuter ride-share motor vehicle to continue to be exempt from chapters 82.08
, 82.12, and 82.44
(ii) Submit a completed statement approved by the department that the motor vehicle qualifies as a commuter ride-sharing motor vehicle. If the registered owner fails to file a completed recertification form, the department will cancel the special ride-share license plates and the registered owner will need to purchase replacement plates and pay applicable fees and taxes to complete registration renewal.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 46.01.110
. WSR 15-10-005, § 308-96A-175, filed 4/22/15, effective 5/23/15. Statutory Authority: RCW 46.01.110
. WSR 08-20-035, § 308-96A-175, filed 9/23/08, effective 10/24/08. Statutory Authority: RCW 46.01.110
. WSR 04-18-023, § 308-96A-175, filed 8/24/04, effective 9/24/04. Statutory Authority: RCW 46.01.110
. WSR 01-10-069, § 308-96A-175, filed 4/30/01, effective 5/31/01. Statutory Authority: RCW 46.01.110
. WSR 98-09-024, § 308-96A-175, filed 4/8/98, effective 5/9/98. Statutory Authority: RCW 46.01.110
and 1996 c 244. WSR 96-21-043, § 308-96A-175, filed 10/11/96, effective 11/11/96. Statutory Authority: RCW 46.01.110
, 1993 c 488 and chapter 46.12
RCW. WSR 94-17-044, § 308-96A-175, filed 8/10/94, effective 9/10/94. Statutory Authority: RCW 46.01.110
and 1987 c 175 § 2. WSR 88-01-010 (Order TL/RG 39), § 308-96A-175, filed 12/7/87.]