WSR 99-21-097

PERMANENT RULES

DEPARTMENT OF LICENSING


[ Filed October 20, 1999, 11:08 a.m. ]

Date of Adoption: October 16, 1999.

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

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Repealing WAC 308-93-040 Vessel exempted from excise tax but required to be registered and titled, 308-93-135 Vessel number required, 308-93-155 Form of number and 308-93-320 Registration certificate and decals follow vessel on transfer; and amending WAC 308-93-030 Vessels subject to excise tax, registration and titling, 308-93-140 Decals--Placement, size, and color, and 308-93-145 Vessel registration numbers--Display, size, color.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 88.02.070.

Other Authority: RCW 88.02.100.

Adopted under notice filed as WSR 99-17-070 on August 13, 1999.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 3, Repealed 4.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 3, Repealed 4; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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.

October 18, 1999

Fred Stephens

Director

OTS-3285.2


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

WAC 308-93-030
Vessels subject to excise tax, registration and titling.

((The following vessels must be registered and titled and pay the excise tax if they are on or using the waters of this state.

All vessels sixteen feet or longer equipped with propulsionary machinery or sails, unless specifically exempted)) What vessels are subject to excise tax, registration and titling? Unless specifically exempted under chapters 88.02 and 82.49 RCW, all vessels sixteen feet or longer equipped with propulsionary machinery or sails, are subject to excise tax, registration and titling, including the following:

(1) Amphibious vessels (vehicles);

(2) Houseboats;

(3) Inflatable vessels with motors;

(4) ((Ski type vessels)) Personal watercraft (jet ski, wet bike, etc.);

(5) Racing vessels.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 88.02.070 and 88.02.100.  84-19-026 (Order TL-RG 8), 308-93-030, filed 9/13/84.  Statutory Authority: 1983 c 7 20 and 1983 2nd ex.s. c 3 46.  83-23-076 (Order 736-DOL), 308-93-030, filed 11/18/83.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 90-08-018, filed 3/28/90, effective 4/28/90)

WAC 308-93-140
Decals--Placement, size, and color.

((Upon registration, the applicant will be issued a registration certificate and two decals.  One decal must be affixed to each side on the forward half of the vessel, except when the registration number is placed as provided by WAC 308-93-145 (2) and (3).  The registration decals must be placed in line with and within six inches of the aft of the registration number.  The decals must meet the requirements of subsections (1) and (2) of this section.  Only the current registration year decals may be displayed.

(1) Decals must be approximately three inches square.

(2) The years in which validation decals expire must be indicated by the colors blue, international orange, green, and red, in rotation beginning with blue for decals that expire with 1985 expirations.)) (1) Where do I place the decals I receive when I register my vessel in Washington? These decals shall be placed on the vessel for which they were assigned. Decals must be affixed on (see illustration):

Place illustration here.
(a) Forward half of the vessel; and

(b) Within six inches aft of, and directly on line with, the vessel registration number as provided by WAC 308-93-145(3).

(c) For documented vessels, one decal must be affixed to each side of the forward half of the vessel for which it was assigned so it is easily visible for law enforcement.

(2) What do the vessel decals look like that are issued by the department? In accordance with 33 CFR, vessel decals are approximately three inches square. The years in which validation decals expire must be indicated by the colors blue, international orange, green, and red, in rotation beginning with blue for decals that expired in 1985.

(3) Which vessel decal shall be displayed? To legally operate your vessel on Washington waters, you must display the decal that shows your vessel is registered for the current registration year. The current decal must be placed inline and within six inches of the aft of the registration number.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 88.02.100 and 88.02.120.  90-08-018, 308-93-140, filed 3/28/90, effective 4/28/90.  Statutory Authority: RCW 88.02.100.  84-21-131 (Order TL/RG-10), 308-93-140, filed 10/24/84.  Statutory Authority: RCW 88.02.070 and 88.02.100.  84-13-086 (Order TL-RG-2), 308-93-140, filed 6/21/84.  Statutory Authority: 1983 c 7 20 and 1983 2nd ex.s. c 3 46.  83-23-076 (Order 736-DOL), 308-93-140, filed 11/18/83.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending Order TL-RG-2, filed 6/21/84)

WAC 308-93-145
Vessel registration numbers--Display, size, color.

(((1) Each registration number issued must:

(a) Be painted on or permanently attached to each side of the forward half of the vessel except as allowed by subsection (2) of this section or required by subsection (3) of this section;

(b) Be in plain vertical block characters of not less than three inches in height;

(c) Contrast with the color of the background and be distinctly visible and legible;

(d) Have spaces or hyphens that are equal to the width of a letter other than "I" or a number other that "1" between the letter and number groupings (example: DC 5678 EF or DC-5678-EF); and

(e) Read from left to right.

(2) When a vessel is used by a manufacturer or by a dealer for testing or demonstrating, the number may be painted on or attached to removable plates that are temporarily but firmly attached to each side of the forward half of the vessel.

(3) On vessels so configured that a number on the hull or superstructure would not be easily visible, the number must be painted on or attached to a backing plate that is attached to the forward half of the vessel so that the number is visible from each side of the vessel.

(4) Each number displayed on a tender exempted under RCW 88.02.030 must meet the requirements of subsection (1) of this section and have a space or hyphen that is equal to the width of a letter other than "I" or a number other that "1" between the suffix and the number.)) (1) What vessels are required to display a vessel registration number? All vessels that are required to be registered under chapter 88.02 RCW except vessels documented with the United States Coast Guard, are required to display the vessel registration numbers.

(2) What are vessel registration numbers? Vessel registration numbers are configured in accordance with 33 CFR 174.23 and:

(a) Uniquely identify the vessel, similar to license plate numbers for vehicles;

(b) Are assigned by the department when you apply for initial registration for your vessel;

(c) Are printed on your registration certificate and certificate of ownership;

(d) The department does not provide any physical material for you to apply to your vessel.

(3) How do I display the assigned vessel registration number on my vessel? The registration number assigned shall:

(a) Be painted on or permanently attached to each side of the forward half of the vessel except as allowed by subsection (6) of this section or required by subsection (7) of this section and must be on a vertical surface;

(b) Be in plain vertical block characters of not less than three inches in height;

(c) Contrast with the color of the background and be distinctly visible and legible;

(d) Have spaces or hyphens that are equal to the width of a letter other than "I" or a number other than "1" between the letter and number groupings (example: WN 5678 EF or WN-5678-EF); and

(e) Read from left to right.

(4) Are vessel registration numbers transferable from vessel to vessel? Vessel registration numbers are not transferable between vessels. Once assigned, a vessel registration number cannot be reassigned to another vessel.

(5) Does a Washington licensed dealer need to display registration numbers and decals when demonstrating or testing a vessel held for sale? Washington licensed vessel dealers shall display dealer registration numbers and decals assigned and issued by the department. Dealer registration numbers and decals shall be displayed in the following manner:

(a) The department assigned dealer vessel registration number must be painted on or attached to a backing plate;

(b) The department issued decal must be affixed within six inches aft of and directly on line with the dealer registration number as provided by WAC 308-93-145(4); and

(c) The backing plate shall be attached to the forward half of the vessel so that the number is visible from each side of the vessel when observed from outside the vessel.

(6) How do I display my vessel registration number if my vessel's hull or superstructure is configured so that the vessel registration number would not be easily visible? In this case, the vessel registration number must be painted on or attached to backing plates that are attached to the forward half of the vessel so that the number is visible from the outside of the vessel.

(7) Is a tender as described in chapter 88.02 RCW required to display a vessel registration number? Vessels used as a tender, while exempt from registration under RCW 88.02.030, must display the numbers of the parent vessel with an additional numeric digit following the last alpha character of the vessel registration number. (Example 1) WN 5678 EF 1 or WN-5678-EF-1. The second tender vessel registration number will be the next consecutive number. (Example 2) WN 5678 EF 2 or WN-5678-EF-2.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 88.02.070 and 88.02.100.  84-13-086 (Order TL-RG-2), 308-93-145, filed 6/21/84.]


REPEALER

     The following sections of the Washington Administrative Code are repealed:
WAC 308-93-040 Vessels exempted from excise tax but required to be registered and titled.
WAC 308-93-135 Vessel number required.
WAC 308-93-155 Form of number.
WAC 308-93-320 Registration certificate and decals follow vessel on transfer.

Washington State Code Reviser's Office