PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY
Subject of Possible Rule Making: The subject of this rule making is regarding the expiration date of original bail bond agent licenses.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: Chapter 18.185 RCW.
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The reason for changing the rule is to improve service delivery processes and to make licensing fees fair to all bail bond agent applicants. Currently the rule states: Licenses issued to bail bond agents expire on their respective birth dates. However, if an application for the bail bond agent license is received by the Department of Licensing within ninety days from the applicant's birth date, the license issued shall not expire until the next birth date.
This rule is confusing for customers to calculate expiration dates. The rule is also not fair because a license issued within ninety days of their birth date can gain up to three months more than a year before expiring compared to if the birth date is just outside of the ninety days of their birth date, the license being issued expires up to three months earlier than a year. This rule change will not affect the expiration dates of current bail bond agent licensees.
Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: None.
Process for Developing New Rule: Agency study.
Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Mary Haglund, Department of Licensing, P.O. Box 9649, Olympia, WA 98507-9649, phone (360) 664-6624, fax (360) 570-7888.
July 2, 2003