Purpose: This rule-making order updates the situations in which a vehicle owner may be exempted from registration requirements based on reciprocity with other states.
Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 308-99-020, 308-99-040, and 308-99-060.
Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 46.01.110.
Adopted under notice filed as WSR 04-20-087 on October 5, 2004.
Changes Other than Editing from Proposed to Adopted Version: Some clarifying language and a new question "What is a natural person?"
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 0, Amended 3, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 3, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 3, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Date Adopted: December 7, 2004.
James A. Fellows
for Fred Stephens
AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 00-20-064, filed 10/3/00, effective 11/3/00)
WAC 308-99-020 Definitions. (1) What is a resident? For the purposes of this section, a resident is a natural person who lives or shows intent to live in this state on more than a temporary or transient basis.
You will be presumed a resident if you meet ((
of the following:
Become)) You are a registered voter in this state;
Receiving)) You receive benefits under one of the
Washington public assistance programs; or
Declaring that he or she is)) You declare that you
are a resident for the purpose of obtaining a state driver's
license, a hunting or fishing license or tuition fees at
A natural person may be a resident of this state even
the)) that person has or claims residency or domicile
in another state or intends to leave this state at some future
time. A natural person will be presumed a resident if at
least two of the following conditions are met:
Maintains)) You maintain a residence in this state
for personal use;
Has)) You have a Washington state driver's license
or a Washington state resident hunting or fishing license;
Uses)) You use a Washington state address for
federal income tax or state (( income)) tax purposes;
(iv) You have previously maintained a residence in this
state for personal use and ((
has)) have not established a
permanent residence outside the state of Washington ((( e.g.,))
for example, a person who retires and lives in a motor home or
vessel which is not permanently attached to any property);
Claims)) You claim this state as residence for
obtaining eligibility to hold a public office or for judicial
Claims this state as a residence for obtaining
Washington state hunting or fishing licenses;
(vii) Receives tuition fees at resident rates in this state, unless the nonresident tuition fee differential is waived as a result of a state to state reciprocity program authorized under chapter 28B.15 RCW (College and university fees); or
(viii) Is)) You are a custodial parent with a child attending public schools in this state.
The department may consider factors other than those
listed in this subsection to determine that a person intends
to be located in or be a resident of this state ((
and thus be
a resident of this state, but such)). However, the department
may not consider those factors (( do not alone raise a
presumption of)) alone to presume residency.
corporation, trust or other entity created by a))
natural person who is a resident of Washington may not form a
corporation, trust or other entity in another jurisdiction for
the purpose of evading Washington vehicle registration (( shall
be deemed a resident of Washington for vehicle registration
What)) Who are "military personnel"? "Military
personnel" means active duty members of the United States
armed forces including the United States Coast Guard, Army,
Navy, Marines, Air Force, commissioned officers of the public
health service, personnel from National Oceanographic and
Atmospheric Agency, and members of foreign military
organizations assigned to this state on official duty. Coast
guard personnel living in Washington and assigned to duty in
the Portland area are also entitled to a nonresident military
(3) What is a "jurisdiction"? "Jurisdiction" means a state, territory, or possession of the United States, the District of Columbia, or a state or province of a country.
(4) What is "reciprocity"? "Reciprocity" means an agreement with another jurisdiction granting mutual benefits, privileges, or exemptions from payment of vehicle registration fees. Reciprocity will only be extended to vehicles that are properly registered in another jurisdiction.
(5) What is a "Washington public assistance program"? "Washington public assistance program" is defined in RCW 46.16.028.
(6) What is a "natural person"? For the purpose of this section, a "natural person" is a human being, as distinguished from an artificial person created by law.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 46.01.110. 00-20-064, § 308-99-020, filed 10/3/00, effective 11/3/00. Statutory Authority: RCW 46.01.110, 46.16.276 and 46.85.060 as amended by 1987 c 142 § 4. 87-21-013 (Order TL/RG 37), § 308-99-020, filed 10/9/87. Statutory Authority: RCW 46.85.060, 46.16.028 and 46.01.110. 86-14-016 (Order TL/RG 26), § 308-99-020, filed 6/24/86. Statutory Authority: RCW 46.85.060. 85-20-080 (Order TL/RG 17), § 308-99-020, filed 9/30/85. Statutory Authority: 1982 c 227 § 18 et seq. 83-19-009 (Order 729-DOL), § 308-99-020, filed 9/9/83. Formerly WAC 410-20-020.]
(1) Nonresident students: The student must be in
full-time attendance at ((
an institution of higher learning))
a college or university in Washington accredited by the
Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges or at a private
vocational school as that term is defined by RCW 28C.10.020(7)
and maintain their legal home of record at a location outside
the state of Washington. (( Students')) Vehicles must be
registered in (( their name)) the student's or in the name of
their parent or legal guardian in the resident state of
record. The student must carry(( , in the vehicle,))
documentation issued by the (( institution)) college,
university or vocational school that readily establishes the
nonresident status. Employment incidental to the full-time
student status is permitted. The spouse of a nonresident
student has the same licensing privilege as long as the
vehicle is registered to the student or jointly to the student
and spouse, regardless of the spouse's legal residence or
(2) Nonresident military personnel: Vehicles must be
currently registered in the name of the military person at
his/her)) their official home of record. A vehicle licensed
at the last duty station may be operated until (( expiration
of)) the current registration expires at which time (( it)) the
vehicle must be licensed in the military person's home of
record or in Washington. The spouse of a nonresident military
person has the same licensing privilege as long as the vehicle
is registered to the military person or jointly to the
military person and spouse, regardless of the spouse's legal
residence or employment.
(3) Borrowed vehicle: A borrowed vehicle currently licensed in another jurisdiction may be operated by a Washington resident for a period not to exceed ten days in any one calendar year. If the period of use exceeds ten days the vehicle must be registered and licensed in Washington. This provision does not apply to business vehicles.
(4) Vehicles undergoing repairs: Commercial vehicles having a gross weight or combined gross weight of over 26,000 pounds and properly registered and licensed in another state or Canadian Province may enter Washington for purposes of repair under the following conditions:
(a) The vehicle must enter the state unladen and proceed immediately to the repair facility.
(b) The vehicle must immediately leave the state, unladen, upon completion of repairs.
(c) The vehicle cannot ((
engage in)) be used for any
commercial activity while in Washington.
(d) The repair facility must be located within fifteen miles of the Washington border.
(e) While in Washington, the vehicle must carry the following documentation:
(i) An "out-of-state vehicle repair statement of fact." Blank forms are available from the department of licensing internet site at www.gov.wa/dol.
(ii) A copy of the vehicle repair work order issued by the repair facility before the vehicle enters Washington.
(f) The repair facility must maintain a copy of the "out-of-state vehicle repair statement of fact" and vehicle repair work order for a period of five years. The repair facility must make the forms available for inspection by state agency representatives.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 46.85.060. 03-04-092, § 308-99-040, filed 2/4/03, effective 3/7/03. Statutory Authority: RCW 46.01.110. 00-20-064, § 308-99-040, filed 10/3/00, effective 11/3/00. Statutory Authority: RCW 46.01.110, 46.16.276 and 46.85.060 as amended by 1987 c 142 § 4. 87-21-013 (Order TL/RG 37), § 308-99-040, filed 10/9/87. Statutory Authority: RCW 46.01.110. 87-01-029 (Order 800-DOL), § 308-99-040, filed 12/11/86. Statutory Authority: RCW 46.85.060. 86-02-056 (Order TL-RG-22), § 308-99-040, filed 12/31/85; 85-20-080 (Order TL/RG 17), § 308-99-040, filed 9/30/85. Statutory Authority: 1982 c 227 § 18 et seq. 83-19-009 (Order 729-DOL), § 308-99-040, filed 9/9/83. Formerly WAC 410-20-040.]
(1) Passenger cars and motor homes currently and properly registered in another jurisdiction will be granted vehicle license reciprocity in this state if:
(a) The vehicle was rented by the vehicle operator from a location outside of the state of Washington;
(b) The vehicle was dropped off in Washington by the previous renter and is being rented for a one-way trip out of Washington; or
(c) The vehicle is registered under the provisions of Article XI, Section 1116 of the International Registration Plan.
(2) Trailers and semi-trailers with a gross vehicle weight in excess of 6,000 pounds, trucks, truck tractors, tractors, and road tractors that are currently and properly registered in other jurisdictions will be granted vehicle license reciprocity in this state if:
(a) The vehicle is rented from a location within another jurisdiction; and
(b) The actual vehicle registration certificate (cab
card) or a photo copy ((
thereof)) of the vehicle registration
certificate and a copy of the rental agreement is carried in
the rental vehicle or in the vehicle providing the motive
power for a combination of vehicles.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 46.01.110. 00-20-064, § 308-99-060, filed 10/3/00, effective 11/3/00.]