BILL REQ. #:  H-2223.1 


State of Washington61st Legislature2009 Regular Session

By House Judiciary (originally sponsored by Representatives Kelley and Hurst)

READ FIRST TIME 02/20/09.   

     AN ACT Relating to the disclosure of vehicle owner information; and reenacting and amending RCW 46.12.380.


Sec. 1   RCW 46.12.380 and 2005 c 340 s 2 and 2005 c 274 s 304 are each reenacted and amended to read as follows:
     (1) Notwithstanding the provisions of chapter 42.56 RCW, the name or address of an individual vehicle owner shall not be released by the department, county auditor, or agency or firm authorized by the department except under the following circumstances:
     (a) The requesting party is a business entity that requests the information for use in the course of business;
     (b) The request is a written request that is signed by the person requesting disclosure that contains the full legal name and address of the requesting party, that specifies the purpose for which the information will be used; and
     (c) The requesting party enters into a disclosure agreement with the department in which the party promises that the party will use the information only for the purpose stated in the request for the information; and that the party does not intend to use, or facilitate the use of, the information for the purpose of making any unsolicited business contact with a person named in the disclosed information. The term "unsolicited business contact" means a contact that is intended to result in, or promote, the sale of any goods or services to a person named in the disclosed information. The term does not apply to situations where the requesting party and such person have been involved in a business transaction prior to the date of the disclosure request and where the request is made in connection with the transaction.
     (2) Where both a mailing address and residence address are recorded on the vehicle record and are different, only the mailing address will be disclosed. Both addresses will be disclosed in response to requests for disclosure from courts, law enforcement agencies, or government entities with enforcement, investigative, or taxing authority and only for use in the normal course of conducting their business.
     (3) The disclosing entity shall retain the request for disclosure for three years.
     (4) Whenever the disclosing entity grants a request for information under this section by an attorney or private investigator, the disclosing entity shall provide notice to the vehicle owner, to whom the information applies, that the request has been granted. The notice also shall contain the name and address of the requesting party. The disclosing entity shall send the notice to the vehicle owner no earlier than thirty days after granting the request.
     (5) Any person who is furnished vehicle owner information under this section shall be responsible for assuring that the information furnished is not used for a purpose contrary to the agreement between the person and the department.
     (6) This section shall not apply to requests for information by governmental entities or requests that may be granted under any other provision of this title expressly authorizing the disclosure of the names or addresses of vehicle owners.
     (7) This section shall not apply to title history information under RCW 19.118.170.

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