WSR 16-06-122
[Filed March 2, 2016, 9:54 a.m.]
Original Notice.
Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 15-24-131.
Title of Rule and Other Identifying Information: WAC 308-89-060 Fees.
Hearing Location(s): Department of Licensing, Business and Professions Division, 405 Black Lake Boulevard, Conference Room 2105, Olympia, WA 98502, on April 5, 2016, at 10:00 a.m.
Date of Intended Adoption: April 6, 2016.
Submit Written Comments to: Sirena Walters, Transportation Services, P.O. Box 9039, Olympia, WA 98507-9039, e-mail, fax (360) 586-6703, by April 4, 2016.
Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact transportation services, TTY (360) 664-0116, or (360) 664-6455.
Purpose of the Proposal and Its Anticipated Effects, Including Any Changes in Existing Rules: Eliminating the processing fee for name and address changes will allow licensees to submit these changes directly to the department, bypassing the department of revenue/business licensing services (BLS) step currently required. This should enable the department to process name and address changes within two to three days after receipt of the request from the licensee.
Reasons Supporting Proposal: The department is interested in adopting rules it knows can improve the efficiency of services to for hire industry licensees. The current process for handling name and address changes can take from two to three weeks for receipt of the fee, update of the record, department processing and issuance of updated vehicle certificates to the business. The word "new" is being removed from the application fee because this is a one-time fee and is not subject to renewal. The word "new" is being removed from the vehicle certificate fee because the original vehicle certificate fee and the renewal vehicle certificate fee are identical.
Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 46.72.120 and 46.01.110.
Statute Being Implemented: RCW 46.72.030.
Rule is not necessitated by federal law, federal or state court decision.
Agency Comments or Recommendations, if any, as to Statutory Language, Implementation, Enforcement, and Fiscal Matters: Name and address changes by for hire businesses currently require the business to file an application and a $55.00 fee. Collection of licensing fees through BLS is required by statute. Eliminating the fee requirement will allow the department to accept name and address change requests directly from for hire business owners, and allow the department to quickly issue updated vehicle certificates. The department will implement this change in fee policy through its web site. The fiscal impact is minimal, and the change in policy increases the program's capacity to more efficiently serve its customers. Local licensing jurisdictions and law enforcement will also benefit from for hire operators more quickly receiving their updated vehicle certificates. "New" to describe the application and vehicle certificate fees is unnecessary, inconsistent and adds no value. Removing "new" has no effect on the fees paid.
Name of Proponent: Department of licensing, governmental.
Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting: Derek Goudriaan, Department of Licensing, Business and Professions Division, 405 Black Lake Boulevard, Olympia, WA 98507, (360) 664-6453; Implementation: Jody Sisk, Department of Licensing, Business and Professions Division, 405 Black Lake Boulevard, Olympia, WA 98507, (360) 664-1539; and Enforcement: Same as above.
No small business economic impact statement has been prepared under chapter 19.85 RCW. This rule making does not impose any new requirements. This rule change will not increase for hire business operating costs. Those for hire businesses changing their name or address with the department will avoid the current cost of $55.00 associated with the update of their vehicle certificates.
A cost-benefit analysis is not required under RCW 34.05.328. No costs are incurred. This rule change eliminates a fee for for hire name and address changes.
March 2, 2016
Damon Monroe
Rules Coordinator
AMENDATORY SECTION (Amending WSR 12-24-046, filed 11/30/12, effective 1/1/13)
WAC 308-89-060 Fees.
The department, as authorized in RCW 46.72, shall charge and collect the following fees:
((New)) For hire business application
((New)) Vehicle certificate
Vehicle certificate renewal
Change of vehicle certificate*
Duplicate vehicle certificate
No vehicle certificate fee will be charged for a name or address change, unless the change involves new ownership of the business or the vehicle.