SECRETARY OF STATE
[Filed March 25, 2020, 2:32 p.m., effective March 25, 2020, 2:32 p.m.]
Effective Date of Rule: Immediately upon filing.
Purpose: To allow for ongoing processing of applications for the address confidentiality program without requiring a face to face in-person meeting to gather the applicant's signature.
Citation of Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 434-840-010.
Under RCW 34.05.350
the agency for good cause finds that immediate adoption, amendment, or repeal of a rule is necessary for the preservation of the public health, safety, or general welfare, and that observing the time requirements of notice and opportunity to comment upon adoption of a permanent rule would be contrary to the public interest.
Reasons for this Finding: During the COVID-19 health emergency, face to face meetings are prohibited by emergency orders. Program application can continue using the amended version of WAC 434-840-010, during this emergency.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at the Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's own Initiative: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Date Adopted: March 25, 2020.
Assistant Secretary of State
AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 19-12-002, filed 5/22/19, effective 6/22/19)
WAC 434-840-010Application process.
(1) The secretary of state shall certify an eligible person as a program participant when the secretary of state receives an application that contains:
(a) The full legal name and date of birth of the applicant(s);
(b) A listing of all minor children residing at the residential address, each minor child's full legal name, and each minor child's date of birth, and each minor child's relationship to the applicant;
(c) A listing of all adults residing at the residential address requesting participation, each adult's full legal name, date of birth, and relationship to the applicant;
(d) The Washington state residential addresses, work, and school addresses, if any, for which confidentiality is requested;
(e) The telephone number of the applicant(s);
(f) The address to which mail should be sent, this may be the same as the residential address;
(g) A sworn statement, under penalty of perjury, by the applicant, that the applicant has good reason to believe either:
(i) That the applicant, or the minor or incapacitated person on whose behalf the application is made, is a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault, trafficking, or stalking, and that the applicant fears for their safety or the safety of their children, or the safety of any minor children or incapacitated person on whose behalf the application is made; or
(ii) That the applicant, as a criminal justice participant as defined in RCW 9A.46.020
, is a target for threats or harassment prohibited under RCW 9A.46.020
(h) The state of Washington personnel number, if the applicant or any of the persons covered by the application is a Washington state employee;
(i) The applicant's signature;
(j) The date on which the applicant signed the application;
(k) The signature, printed name, and phone number of the application assistant designated by the secretary of state under RCW 40.24.080
who assisted in preparation of the application;
(l) A completed checklist of understanding, signed and dated by the applicant designating the secretary of state as legal agent for purposes of service of process and for the purpose of receipt of mail.
(m) Signed authorization card form for each member of household.
(2) The application ((must))should be completed and signed in the presence of an application assistant. If the application assistant has determined that the applicant is eligible for participation in the program, but the applicant is unable to meet in person, the application assistant will complete the application and forward it to the applicant for signature and return to the application assistant;
(3) The application assistant shall submit completed applications and any additional materials to the secretary of state using first class mail; and
(4) If the completed application does not meet the requirements of this part, the secretary of state shall contact the applicant to obtain missing information. The applicant shall be certified only if the missing information is provided.