(1) May I transfer a gross weight license to a replacement vehicle? Yes, the gross weight license on a truck, tractor, or truck tractor may be transferred to a replacement vehicle.
(2) What qualifies as a replacement vehicle? A replacement vehicle is a truck, tractor, or truck tractor that is:
(a) A presently unlicensed vehicle belonging to the same owner; or
(b) A vehicle purchased for replacement that is presently unlicensed or has had its gross weight license retained by its former owner.
(3) What is an unlicensed vehicle? For the purposes of this section, a vehicle is considered unlicensed if the current gross weight license expires prior to the registration, or if the current gross weight license is not adequate for the load being carried.
(4) When may I transfer gross weight license to a replacement vehicle? You may transfer a gross weight license from one vehicle to a replacement vehicle when the previously licensed vehicle is:
(a) Sold and the gross weight credit amount of fifteen dollars or more is retained;
(c) Reclassified so a gross weight license is no longer required;
(d) Registered in another jurisdiction;
(e) Involuntarily removed from the person's ownership by repossession, sheriff's sale, court order, chattel lien, landlord lien, self-service storage facility lien, abandoned vehicle sale;
(f) Stolen; or
(g) Removed from service by the owner.
Gross weight license may also be transferred to a replacement vehicle at the request of the owner.
(5) What are the restrictions to transferring gross weight license? The restrictions to transferring gross weight license are:
(a) The expiration date of the transferred gross weight license may not:
(i) Extend beyond the registration expiration date of the replacement vehicle;
(ii) Be used to extend the registration expiration date of the replacement vehicle.
(b) The gross weight license being transferred may not exceed the replacement vehicle's weight limitations as defined in chapter 46.44
(c) The gross weight license being transferred must be 14,000 pounds or more;
(d) The amount of gross weight credit being transferred must be fifteen dollars or more;
(e) A transfer of gross weight license for the purposes of increasing the declared gross weight of the replacement vehicle must comply with the requirements of WAC 308-96A-205
(f) You must surrender the current gross weight license in order to transfer gross weight license to a replacement vehicle.
(6) What would the new gross weight expiration date be?
(a) The expiration date of the transferred gross weight license is the same day of the month as the registration expiration date of the replacement vehicle. For example: If the registration expiration date of the replacement vehicle is July 15, the transferred gross weight license will expire on the fifteenth day of the month, depending on how many months gross weight license was transferred.
You may choose to purchase additional months of gross weight not to exceed the replacement vehicle registration expiration date.
(b) If the registration of a replacement vehicle as described in subsection (2)(b) of this section has expired, new registration and gross weight expiration dates will be assigned.
(7) Will I receive credit for gross weight fees that have already been paid? You will receive credit for the current and unused portions of the gross weight license already purchased. Any excess credit will not be refunded or ever used as a credit.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 46.16.010
. WSR 06-21-027, § 308-96A-220, filed 10/9/06, effective 11/9/06. Statutory Authority: RCW 46.01.110
. WSR 02-11-095, § 308-96A-220, filed 5/20/02, effective 6/20/02; WSR 99-01-133, § 308-96A-220, filed 12/21/98, effective 1/21/99. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.17.060
. WSR 92-02-100, § 308-96A-220, filed 1/2/92, effective 2/2/92. Statutory Authority: RCW 46.16.600
. WSR 87-12-023 (Order TL/RG-34), § 308-96A-220, filed 5/28/87. Statutory Authority: RCW 46.16.135
. WSR 86-10-040 (Order TL/RG 24), § 308-96A-220, filed 5/5/86; Order MV-328, § 308-96A-220, filed 7/24/75.]