WSR 02-24-014

PERMANENT RULES

DEPARTMENT OF LICENSING


[ Filed November 25, 2002, 8:38 a.m. ]

Date of Adoption: November 25, 2002.

Purpose: Meet criteria supporting Governor Locke's Executive Order 97-02.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 46.01.110 and 46.12.101.

Adopted under notice filed as WSR 02-18-013 on August 22, 2002.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Effective Date of Rule: Thirty-one days after filing.

November 25, 2002

Fred Stephens

Director

OTS-5900.2


NEW SECTION
WAC 308-56A-525   Vehicle seller's report of sale.   (1) What is a vehicle seller's report of sale? A vehicle seller's report of sale is a document or electronic record transaction that protects the seller of a vehicle from certain criminal and civil liabilities arising from use of the vehicle by another person after the vehicle has been sold or a change in ownership has occurred.

(2) Who must file a vehicle seller's report of sale? With the exception of certain vehicle transfers by registered Washington vehicle dealers, Washington law (RCW 46.12.101) requires submission of a vehicle seller's report of sale by any person or business that transfers their interest in a Washington titled vehicle to anyone else. For the purposes of this rule, transferring interest includes, but is not limited to, selling, gifting, trading or disposing of your vehicle, but does not include the creation, deletion or change of a security interest.

(3) When must a vehicle seller's report of sale be filed? Vehicle seller's report of sale must be submitted within five days of the date of sale, gift, trade or other disposition of the vehicle, excluding Saturdays, Sundays, and state and federal holidays.

(4) Who is the seller? The seller is the current registered owner of record according to the computer file kept by the department.

(5) Why complete and file a vehicle seller's report of sale? It is in the seller's best interest to file the properly completed vehicle seller's report of sale to protect the seller in the event the buyer does not make application for ownership and then accumulates parking tickets, or towing charges, is involved in an uninsured accident or used in illegal activity, etc.

Vehicle seller's report of sale received by the department of licensing that are incomplete will be filed with the department; however, those that do not meet the requirements of the law may not protect the seller from any civil or legal action if the vehicle is subsequently abandoned or involved in illegal activity.

(6) Who is the purchaser? The purchaser is the person who bought, received as a gift, obtained through a trade or received a disposed vehicle.

(7) What information is required on the vehicle seller's report of sale? You are required to provide information contained in RCW 46.12.101.

(8) How do I file my vehicle seller's report of sale? You may file your seller's report of sale in the following ways:

(a) Through your local vehicle licensing office;

(b) Mail it to the department;

(c) Through the Internet.

(9) Is there a fee for recording a vehicle seller's report of sale? Yes. It applies when a report of sale is filed through your local vehicle licensing office as authorized by RCW 46.01.140 (5)(b).

(10) May a vehicle seller's report of sale be removed from my vehicle record? Yes. As a registered owner, you may have a vehicle seller's report of sale removed from your vehicle record through your local vehicle licensing office, or by notifying the department in writing. You will need to provide the reason you are removing the vehicle seller's report of sale from your vehicle record.

(11) How will I prove that I filed a vehicle seller's report of sale?

(a) When you file a vehicle seller's report of sale at any Washington vehicle licensing office, you will be provided with a receipt showing:

(i) Date the report of sale was filed;

(ii) Description of vehicle;

(iii) Name and address of agent/subagent where filed;

(iv) Date of sale;

(v) Purchase price;

(vi) Name(s) and address of seller;

(vii) Name(s) and address of transferee (buyer).

(b) When you file a vehicle seller's report of sale on line, you will be provided a receipt showing:

(i) Date the report of sale was filed;

(ii) Description of vehicle;

(iii) Date of sale;

(iv) Purchase price;

(v) Name(s) and address of seller;

(vi) Name(s) and address of transferee (buyer).

When you mail a vehicle seller's report of sale to the department, you will not receive a confirmation or receipt. You may wish to make a photocopy of the report of sale for your records prior to sending it to the department.

Washington law makes it clear that it is a felony to knowingly make a false statement of fact. The penalty, upon conviction, shall be a fine of not more than five thousand dollars or imprisonment of not more than ten years, or both the fine and imprisonment. (RCW 46.12.210.)

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