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                    SUBSTITUTE SENATE BILL 5930



State of Washington      55th Legislature     1997 Regular Session


By Senate Committee on Transportation (originally sponsored by Senator Patterson)


Read first time 03/10/97.

Requiring liability coverage for motor vehicle registration.

    AN ACT Relating to the relationship between motor vehicle liability coverage and registration; and adding new sections to chapter 46.16 RCW.




    NEW SECTION.  Sec. 1.  A new section is added to chapter 46.16 RCW to read as follows:

    To renew a vehicle license an applicant must provide proof of being insured under a motor vehicle liability policy with liability limits of at least the amounts provided in RCW 46.29.090, a self-insurance certificate as provided in RCW 46.29.630, or proof of coverage under a liability bond of at least the amounts provided in RCW 46.29.090.


    NEW SECTION.  Sec. 2.  A new section is added to chapter 46.16 RCW to read as follows:

    (1) Upon learning of or receiving notice that a registered owner no longer carries a liability insurance policy, self-insurance certificate, or liability bond, the department shall immediately notify the registered owner of the vehicle or vehicles formerly covered under the policy that the registration for the vehicle or vehicles will be canceled within thirty days from the day of the notice unless the person in whose name the registration appears furnishes proof to the department within that time that replacement insurance has been obtained, or that the requirements of some other method of proof of financial responsibility allowed under RCW 46.30.020 have been met.  If that proof is not timely supplied the department shall immediately cancel the registration.

    (2) The department may not refund any part of a registration fee in the event of a registration canceled under this section.


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