WSR 98-16-029

PERMANENT RULES

DEPARTMENT OF LICENSING

[Filed July 29, 1998, 11:09 a.m., effective July 30, 1998]



Date of Adoption: July 29, 1998.

Purpose: (1) To implement SSB 6603; and (2) to meet the criteria set forth in Governor Locke's Executive Order 97-02.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 308-93-010 Definitions, 308-93-050 Vessels exempted from registration, excise tax, and titling and 308-93-640 Reciprocity; and new sections WAC 308-93-055 Foreign vessels operating in this state--Identification document required and 308-93-056 Out of country vessels operating in this state--Identification document required.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 88.02.070, 88.02.100.

Adopted under notice filed as WSR 98-13-044 on June 9, 1998.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 2, amended 3, repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 2, amended 3, repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0.

Other Findings Required by Other Provisions of Law as Precondition to Adoption or Effectiveness of Rule: Required WACs to be effective immediately pursuant to legislation changes caused by SSB 6603 enacted during the 1998 legislative session.

Effective Date of Rule: July 30, 1998.

July 29, 1998

Evelyn P. Yenson

Director

OTS-2401.1

AMENDATORY SECTION (Amending WSR 96-16-038, filed 8/1/96, effective 9/1/96)



WAC 308-93-010  Definitions. Unless the context clearly indicates otherwise, the following definitions apply to the rules in this chapter:

(1) (("Alien vessel" means a vessel owned by a resident of a country other than the United States.

(2) "Carpenter certificate" means a certificate issued by a manufacturer describing the vessel for which such certificate is issued and certifying the first conveyance of said vessel after its manufacture.

(3) "Commercial fishing vessel" means a vessel primarily used for commercial or charter fishing.

(4) "Declaration of value form" means the department of revenue form used to declare the value for purposes of assessing excise tax when a vessel is acquired by lease, trade, gift, homemade, or the most recent purchase price is not known to declare the value for purposes of assessing excise tax.

(5) "Director" means the director of the department of licensing.

(6) "Documented vessel" means a vessel that is documented by the United States Coast Guard and is issued a valid marine certificate.

(7) "Exclusively" means solely and without exception.

(8) "Foreign vessel" means a vessel owned by a resident of another state registered in accordance with the laws of the state in which the owner resides.

(9) "Legal owner" means a person, business, or institution having a security interest in a vessel perfected in accordance with RCW 46.12.095 or the registered owner of a vessel unencumbered by a security interest or the lessor of a vessel unencumbered by a security interest.

(10) "Lifeboat" means craft used exclusively for lifesaving purposes.

(11) "Manufacturer's statement of origin (MSO)" means a certificate issued by a manufacturer describing the vessel for which such certificate is issued and certifying the first conveyance of said vessel after its manufacture.

(12) "Overall length" means a straight line measurement of the overall distance from the foremost point of the vessel to the aftermost part of the vessel, measured parallel to the centerline. Bow sprits, bumpkins or boomkins, rudders, outboard motor brackets, outdrive units, propellers, and similar fittings or attachments are not included in the measurement.

(13) "Prebill" and "no bill" means the notice to renew a vessel registration that is mailed by the department to the registered owner.

(14) "Previous ownership document" means the last issued certificate of title and/or registration.

(15) "Primarily" means the principal purpose for which a vessel is used when considered in conjunction with all of its uses.

(16) "Propulsion machinery" means any device providing motion to a vessel through such means as combustion, steam, or electric machinery.

(17) "Registered owner, owner," synonymous terms used interchangeably, mean a person who has a lawful right to possession of a vessel, whether or not the vessel is subject to a security interest.

(18) "Tender" means a craft used exclusively to furnish transportation from a larger vessel to shore and return.

(19) "Use of waters" means to navigate, operate, employ, or moor any vessel upon the waters.

(20) "Valid marine document" means a document issued by the United States Coast Guard which declares a vessel to be a documented vessel of the United States.

(21) "Vessel data form" means the information application completed by the applicant showing all required description data for the vessel registration and title.

(22) "Waters of this state" means any waters within the territorial limits of this state.

(23) "Time share charters" means leased vessels where none of the parties leasing the vessel under a "time share" option agreement are acquiring an equity in the vessel and there is no option to buy.

(24) "Houseboat" means any vessel as defined in RCW 88.02.010(1) and does not mean any building on a float used in whole or in part for human habitation as a single-family dwelling which is not designed for self propulsion by mechanical means, or for propulsion by means of wind, nor propelled by mechanical means or wind.

(25) "Cruising license" means an annual certificate issued by U.S. customs service pursuant to 19 C.F.R. Sec. 4.94, which exempts pleasure boats from certain countries from formal entry and clearance procedures, from payment of tonnage tax and clearance fees at all but the first port of entry.)) "Bare boat" means a vessel rented without a crew.

(2) "Carpenter certificate" means a certificate issued by a manufacturer describing the vessel for which such certificate is issued and certifying the first conveyance of said vessel after its manufacture.

(3) "Charter vessel" means a vessel rented with a crew.

(4) "Commercial fishing vessel" means a vessel primarily used for commercial or charter fishing.

(5) "Declaration of value form" means the department of licensing form used to declare the value for purposes of assessing excise tax when a vessel is acquired by lease, trade, gift, homemade, or the most recent purchase price is not known to declare the value for purposes of assessing excise tax.

(6) "Director" means the director of the department of licensing.

(7) "Display permit" means the document issued by the department, its agents or subagents, for display on the vessel for which it was issued under the authority of WAC 308-93-055 or 308-93-056.

(8) "Documented vessel" means a vessel that is documented by the United States Coast Guard and is issued a valid marine certificate.

(9) "Exclusively" means solely and without exception.

(10) "Foreign vessel" means a vessel registered in accordance with the laws of another state.

(11) "Houseboat" means any vessel as defined in RCW 88.02.010(1). For registration and certificate of ownership purposes, a houseboat does not include any building on a float used in whole or in part for human habitation as a single-family dwelling which is not powered by self propulsion by mechanical means or wind.

(12) "Identification documents" means the registration receipt and display permit issued under the authority of WAC 308-93-055 or 308-93-056.

(13) "Issuing authority" means a state that has a numbering system approved by the Coast Guard or the Coast Guard where a number system has not been approved.

(14) "Legal owner/secured party" means a person, business, or institution having a security interest in a vessel perfected in accordance with RCW 88.02.070.

(15) "Lifeboat" means watercraft used exclusively for lifesaving purposes.

(16) "Manufacturer's statement of origin" (MSO) or "Manufacturer's certificate of origin" (MCO) means a certificate issued by a manufacturer describing the vessel and certifying the first conveyance after manufacture.

(17) "Out of country vessel" means a vessel registered or numbered by the laws of a country other than the United States, or has a valid United States Customs Service Cruising License.

(18) "Overall length" means a straight-line measurement of the overall distance from the foremost point of the vessel to the aftermost part of the vessel, measured parallel to the centerline. Bow sprits, bumpkins or boomkins, rudders, outboard motor brackets, outdrive units, propellers, and similar fittings or attachments are not included in the measurement.

(19) "Paperless title" means electronic ownership record.

(20) "Person" includes every natural person, firm, copartnership, corporation, association or organization.

(21) "Primarily" means the principal purpose for which a vessel is used when considered in conjunction with all of its uses.

(22) "Principle use" means when a vessel is used, or is to be used, on waters of this state for one hundred eighty-three days or more.

(23) "Propulsion machinery" means any device providing motion to a vessel through such means as combustion, steam, or electric machinery.

(24) "Release of interest" means the act of signing over any ownership in a vessel. A release of interest is also a notarized or certified document relinquishing interest in a vessel.

(25) "Renewal notice" and "special mailer" means the notice to renew a vessel registration mailed by the department to the owner.

(26) "Tender" means watercraft used exclusively to furnish transportation from a larger vessel to shore and return.

(27) "Time share charters" means leased vessels where none of the parties leasing the vessel under a "time share" option agreement is acquiring an equity in the vessel and there is no option to buy.

(28) "United States Customs Service Cruising License" means an annual certificate issued by U.S. Customs Service under 19 C.F.R. Sec. 4.94, which exempts pleasure boats from certain countries from formal entry and clearance procedures, from payment of tonnage tax and clearance fees at all but the first port of entry.

(29) "Use of waters" means to navigate, operate, employ, or moor any vessel upon the waters.

(30) "Valid marine document" means a document issued by the United States Coast Guard which declares a vessel to be a documented vessel of the United States.

(31) "Vessel data form" means the form, approved by the department, completed by the applicant describing the vessel.

(32) "Waters of this state" means any waters within the territorial limits of this state.



[Statutory Authority: RCW 88.02.100 and United States v Washington, Subproceeding No. 88-1. 96-16-038, 308-93-010, filed 8/1/96, effective 9/1/96. Statutory Authority: RCW 88.02.070 and 88.02.100. 92-24-035, 308-93-010, filed 11/25/92, effective 12/26/92. Statutory Authority: RCW 88.02.120 and 88.02.100. 90-08-018, 308-93-010, filed 3/28/90, effective 4/28/90; 87-09-073 (Order TL/RG-32), 308-93-010, filed 4/22/87. Statutory Authority: RCW 88.02.030, 88.02.070, 88.02.120, 88.02.130, 88.02.140, 88.02.150 and 88.02.100. 86-10-068 (Order TL/RG 25), 308-93-010, filed 5/7/86. Statutory Authority: RCW 88.02.070 and 88.02.100. 84-19-026 (Order TL-RG 8), 308-93-010, filed 9/13/84. Statutory Authority: 1983 c 7 20 and 1983 2nd ex.s. c 3 46. 83-23-076 (Order 736-DOL), 308-93-010, filed 11/18/83.]

OTS-2402.1

AMENDATORY SECTION (Amending WSR 96-16-038, filed 8/1/96, effective 9/1/96)



WAC 308-93-050  Vessels exempted from registration, excise tax and titling. The following vessels are exempt from registration, titling, and the assessment of excise tax:

(1) Vessels exempt from registration ((pursuant to)) under RCW 88.02.030;

(2) ((Vessels that have been issued a valid number under federal law or by an approved issuing authority of the state of principal operation, unless the vessel is physically located in this state for a period of more than sixty days in any twelve-month period. A vessel that is validly registered in another state but is removed to this state for principal use is subject to titling, registration and assessment of excise taxes, unless otherwise exempt;

(3))) Vessels primarily engaged in commerce which have or are required to have a valid marine document as a vessel of the United States, including but not limited to:

(a) Commercial fishing vessels;

(b) Barges;

(c) Charter vessels, including, bare boat and time share charters((.));

(((4))) (3) Vessels owned by Indian tribes and tribal members as provided in WAC 308-93-700 through 308-93-770.



[Statutory Authority: RCW 88.02.100 and United States v Washington, Subproceeding No. 88-1. 96-16-038, 308-93-050, filed 8/1/96, effective 9/1/96. Statutory Authority: RCW 88.02.070 and [88.02].100. 93-14-082, 308-93-050, filed 6/30/93, effective 7/31/93. Statutory Authority: RCW 88.02.100 and 1991 c 339 30 and 31. 92-03-075, 308-93-050, filed 1/14/92, effective 2/14/92. Statutory Authority: RCW 88.02.100 and 88.02.120. 90-08-018, 308-93-050, filed 3/28/90, effective 4/28/90. Statutory Authority: 1985 c 258. 85-23-066 (Order TL-RG-19), 308-93-050, filed 11/19/85. Statutory Authority: RCW 88.02.070 and 88.02.100. 84-19-026 (Order TL-RG 8), 308-93-050, filed 9/13/84. Statutory Authority: 1983 c 7 20 and 1983 2nd ex.s. c 3 46. 83-23-076 (Order 736-DOL), 308-93-050, filed 11/18/83.]

OTS-2403.1

NEW SECTION



WAC 308-93-055  Foreign vessels operating in this state--Identification document required. (1) Beginning January 1, 1998, the owner of a foreign vessel having been issued a valid number under federal law or by an approved issuing authority of the state of principal operation, whose vessel is remaining in this state for personal use or enjoyment for more than sixty days of use shall:

(a) Obtain a two month identification document issued by the department, its agents or subagents on or by the sixty-first day. The second identification document shall be purchased on or by the one hundred twenty-first day of use in this state;

(b) Indicate when the vessel first came into the state;

(c) Pay a nonrefundable fee of twenty-five dollars plus a filing fee and subagent fee, if applicable, per identification document;

(d) Provide proof of nonresidency by showing the vessel owner's out-of-state driver's license or out-of-state photo identification;

(e) Provide proof of current foreign vessel registration or current United States Coast Guard certificate of documentation;

(f) Not use more than two identification documents in any continuous twelve-month period. The twelve months begins on the date the vessel first entered this state;

(g) Keep the identification document placard and temporary registration on the vessel while on the waters of this state;

(h) Display the identification document placard in a location that is visible at all times from outside the vessel. The placard shall be protected from weathering.

(2) If the vessel owner is not available, the person applying for the vessel identification document shall have a notarized/certified power of attorney from a registered owner of the vessel and a copy of the vessel owner's out-of-state driver's license or photo identification.



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OTS-2405.1

NEW SECTION



WAC 308-93-056  Out of country vessels operating in this state--Identification document required. (1) Beginning March 27, 1998, the owner of an out of country vessel having been issued a valid number or registration by a country other than the United States or a United States Customs Cruising License, whose vessel is remaining in this state for personal use or enjoyment for more than sixty days of use shall:

(a) Obtain a permanent identification document issued by the department, its agents or subagents on or by the sixty-first day;

(b) Indicate when the vessel first came into the state;

(c) Pay a nonrefundable fee of twenty-five dollars plus a filing fee and subagent fee, if applicable;

(d) Provide proof the out of country vessel is currently registered or numbered, or a valid United States Customs Cruising License. Such proof may be, but is not limited to, the valid numbers or registration issued by a country other than the United States or a United States Custom Service Cruising License;

(e) Keep the identification document placard and registration on the vessel while on the waters of this state;

(f) Display the identification document placard in a location that is visible at all times from outside the vessel. The placard shall be protected from weathering.

(2) If the vessel owner is not available, person(s) applying for the vessel identification document shall have a notarized/certified power of attorney from a registered owner of the vessel and a copy of the valid numbers or registration issued by a country other than the United States or a United States Custom Service Cruising License.

(3) The identification document is valid as long as the vessel continues to be registered in a country other than the United States or has a United States Custom Service Cruising License. New owners may apply for a corrected vessel out of country registration listing the new owner's name and address. The new owner shall pay a nonrefundable fee of three dollars plus a filing fee and subagent fee, if applicable.



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OTS-2404.1

AMENDATORY SECTION (Amending Order TL-RG 8, filed 9/13/84)



WAC 308-93-640  Reciprocity. (1) A vessel owned by a resident of ((another)) a foreign state which is already covered by a number in full force and effect issued to it pursuant to federal laws or a numbering system of such state shall be exempt from registration requirements for a period of sixty days in any twelve-month period but only to the extent a similar reciprocity is granted for vessels registered in the state of Washington. However, on or before the sixty-first day of use in this state, the owner of a foreign vessel shall obtain a two-month vessel identification document issued by the department, its agents or subagents in accordance with WAC 308-93-055.

(2) When a vessel is removed to the state of Washington as a new state of principal use, Washington shall recognize the validity of a number awarded by any other issuing authority for a period of at least sixty days before requiring numbering in this state.



[Statutory Authority: RCW 88.02.070 and 88.02.100. 84-19-026 (Order TL-RG 8), 308-93-640, filed 9/13/84. Statutory Authority: 1983 c 7 20 and 1983 2nd ex.s. c 3 46. 83-23-076 (Order 736-DOL), 308-93-640, filed 11/18/83.]

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