WSR 00-01-027

PERMANENT RULES

DEPARTMENT OF LICENSING


[ Filed December 6, 1999, 2:40 p.m. ]

Date of Adoption: December 6, 1999.

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

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Repealing WAC 308-93-100 and 308-93-340; and amending WAC 308-93-079, 308-93-090, and 308-93-160.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 88.02.070.

Other Authority: RCW 88.02.100.

Adopted under notice filed as WSR 99-20-064 on October 4, 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Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 3, Repealed 2.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 3, Repealed 2; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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

December 6, 1999

Fred Stephens

Director

OTS-3451.2


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending Order TL/RG 25, filed 5/7/86)

WAC 308-93-079
Government exempt vessels.

((Any vessel owned by the state of Washington or by any county, city, town or other political subdivision of the state of Washington, clearly identifiable as such and used exclusively by that agency, may obtain a title and valid annual registration upon payment of all fees required under chapter 88.02 RCW but shall be exempt from payment of the excise tax. The department may assign a registration number and issue a decal, which must be displayed as prescribed under WAC 308-93-140.)) (1) If a government agency chooses to display registration numbers and current vessel decals in addition to being clearly identifiable as a government vessel, what fees are required? Government agencies are required to pay filing and registration fees. Excise tax is not required.

(2) If the department issues a Washington registration number and current decals, is the government agency required to display them? Yes, if a registration number and decals are issued, they must be displayed as prescribed in WAC 308-93-140.

[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), 308-93-079, filed 5/7/86.]


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

WAC 308-93-090
Rented or leased vessels.

((If the owner of the vessel is a Washington resident, and the vessel is leased and operated in Washington, it must be titled and registered in Washington. If the owner is a resident of another state and the vessel is leased and operated in Washington, the reciprocity provisions in WAC 308-93-640 apply.

(1) Rented and leased vessels must be separately registered and titled and display the registration number and decals assigned to the vessel. A dealer's registration number does not cover a rented or leased vessel.

(2) If the vessel is leased for a period of less than one year the lessor's name may appear on the certificate of title as the sole registered owner with any secured party being shown as the legal owner.

(3) If the vessel is leased for a period of one year or more or if there is an option to purchase the vessel, the application for certificate of title shall be completed with the name of the lessee as registered owner, followed by the word "lessee." The lessor's name will appear as the legal owner. If the vessel is subject to a security agreement, the application will be completed with the lessor's name appearing immediately below the lessee's name and will be identified by the word "lessor." The address shown will be the lessee's. The secured party's name and address will be shown in the legal owner's space.)) (1) How does the department differentiate between rented and leased vessels? For the purposes of this section a vessel is considered leased if the lease agreement is for a period of one year or more or there is an option to purchase. A vessel is considered rented if the rental agreement is for a period of less than one year and there is no option to purchase in the rental agreement.

(2) When must rented or leased vessels, used on Washington waters, be titled and registered or required to obtain an identification document? A rented or leased vessel, used on Washington waters, must be titled and registered or have an identification document under the following circumstances. If the vessel is:

(a) Registered out of country and rented or leased, and used upon Washington waters, the owner of the vessel must purchase a permanent identification document from the department, issued to the vessel, on or before the sixty-first day of use as provided in RCW 88.02.030(3). If the vessel owner is not available, the person(s) applying for the identification document shall have notarized/certified power of attorney from a registered owner of the vessel authorizing him/her to purchase the permanent identification document.

(b) Registered in a foreign jurisdiction and rented or leased by a nonresident individual, and used upon Washington waters, the owner shall purchase a Vessel 60 Day Temporary Identification Document on or before the sixty-first day of use as provided in RCW 88.02.030(11). Not more than two identification documents shall be purchased in any twelve continuous months. If the vessel owner is not available, the person(s) applying for the identification document shall have notarized/certified power of attorney from a registered owner of the vessel authorizing him/her to purchase the identification document. If the vessel is used upon Washington waters for more than one hundred and eighty days, it shall be titled and registered in this state or removed from the waters of this state.

(c) Registered in a foreign jurisdiction and rented or leased by a Washington resident, and used upon Washington waters, the following apply:

(i) If the vessel is leased for one year or more or there is an option to buy on either the rental or lease agreement, the Washington resident must register the vessel in his or her name on or before the sixty-first day of use upon Washington waters.

(ii) If the vessel is rented for less than one year, it must be registered in the name of the owner, (not the operator) on or before the sixty-first day of use upon Washington waters. Any secure party is shown as the legal owner.

(3) Whose name must be shown on the application for certificate of ownership and registration when the vessel is rented? Rented vessels are titled and registered in the name of the owner, not the operator. Any secured party is shown as legal owner.

(4) What documents must a Washington resident carry with them when they rent or lease a Washington registered vessel and operate the vessel on Washington waters?

(a) When the vessel is less than twenty-six feet in length and rented or leased for less than seven days, the following documents are required to be carried on the vessel:

(i) A copy of the lease or rental agreement signed by the owner or his authorized representative and by the person leasing or renting the vessel which shall contain at least the vessel registration number, the period of time for which the vessel is leased or rented and the hull identification number; and

(ii) A copy of the current registration certificate.

(b) When the vessel is less than twenty-six feet in length and rented or leased for seven days or more, the following documents are required to be carried on the vessel:

(i) A copy of the lease or rental agreement signed by the owner or his authorized representative and by the person leasing or renting the vessel which shall contain at least the vessel registration number, the period of time for which the vessel is leased or rented and the hull identification number; and

(ii) The original current registration certificate.

(c) When the vessel is twenty-six feet or more and is rented or leased, the following documents are required to be carried on the vessel:

(i) A copy of the lease or rental agreement signed by the owner or his authorized representative and by the person leasing or renting the vessel which shall contain at least the vessel registration number, the period of time for which the vessel is leased or rented and the hull identification number; and

(ii) The original current registration certificate.

(5) Do I need to surrender my out-of-state certificate of ownership to the department when I register my leased vessel in Washington? If there is a secured party on the out-of-state certificate of ownership and shows lessee and lessor designations as required by Washington state law or rule, the certificate of ownership need not be surrendered. A certificate of registration will be issued, however, a Washington certificate of ownership will not. If the out-of-state certificate of ownership does not show a secured party or is not in name agreement or does not show lessee and lessor designations as required by Washington law or rule, the out-of-state certificate of ownership shall be surrendered and a Washington certificate of ownership will be issued to the lessor/legal owner.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 88.02.070 and 88.02.100. 84-19-026 (Order TL-RG 8), 308-93-090, filed 9/13/84. Statutory Authority: 1983 c 7 20 and 1983 2nd ex.s. c 3 46. 83-23-076 (Order 736-DOL), 308-93-090, filed 11/18/83.]


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

WAC 308-93-160
Excise tax exemptions -- Indians.

(1) ((For the purposes of this rule, the following words and terms have the following meanings:

(a) "Indian reservation" means all lands, notwithstanding the issuance of any patent, within the exterior boundaries set aside by the United States for the exclusive use and occupancy of Indian tribes by treaty, law or executive order and which are areas currently recognized as "Indian reservations" by the United States Department of the Interior.

The following Washington reservations are the only "Indian reservations" currently recognized as such by the United States Department of the Interior: Chehalis, Colville, Hoh, Kalispell, Lower Elwha, Lummi, Makah, Muckleshoot, Nisqually, Nooksack, Ozette, Port Gamble, Port Madison, Puyallup, Quileute, Quinault, Shoalwater, Skokomish, Spokane, Squaxin Island, Swinomish, Tulalip, and Yakima.

(b) "Indian tribe" means any organized Indian nation, tribe, band, or community recognized as an "Indian tribe" by the United States Department of the Interior.

(c) "Indian" means persons duly registered on the tribal rolls of the Indian tribe occupying an Indian reservation.

(2) Vessels owned by an Indian tribe occupying a recognized Washington Indian reservation are exempt from payment of the excise tax imposed by chapter 82.49 RCW.

(3) Vessels owned by Indians having their principal residence within the recognized Washington Indian reservation, for the tribe in which they are duly registered on the tribal rolls, are exempt from payment of the excise tax imposed by chapter 82.49 RCW.

(4) A properly completed affidavit of exemption on a form supplied by the department must be submitted with each vessel's registration application as a condition precedent to exemption from excise tax. The department may require such other proof of qualification for exemption as it deems necessary.)) What definitions does the department apply to this section? For purposes of this rule, the following words and terms have the following meanings:

(a) "Indian reservation" means all lands, notwithstanding the issuance of any patent, within the exterior boundaries set aside by the United States for the use and occupancy of Indian tribes by treaty, law or executive order and which are areas currently recognized as "Indian reservations" by the United States Department of the Interior.

(b) "Indian tribe" means an Indian nation, tribe, band, or community recognized as an "Indian tribe" by the United States Department of the Interior.

(c) "Indian" means a person on the tribal rolls of the Indian tribe occupying an Indian reservation.

(2) What Indian reservations in Washington are recognized by the United States Department of the Interior? The following are the only Washington "Indian reservations" currently recognized as such by the United States Department of the Interior: Chehalis Confederated tribes, Colville Confederated tribes, Hoh, Jamestown S'Klallam, Kalispel, Lower Elwha Klallam, Lummi, Makah, Muckleshoot, Nisqually, Nooksack, Port Gambles S'Klallam, Puyallup, Quileute, Quinault, Samish, Sauk-Suiattle, Shoalwater Bay, Skokomish, Spokane, Squaxin, Stillaguamish, Suquamish, Swinomish, Tulalip, Upper Skagit and Yakama.

(3) How does an Indian qualify for a vessel excise tax exemption? To qualify for a vessel excise tax exemption, an Indian shall:

(a) Be enrolled as a tribal member of a recognized Washington tribe;

(b) Have their principal residence within the boundaries of the Indian reservation of the tribe of which they are a member; and

(c) Be a registered owner of the vessel for which the exemption is requested; or

(d) Be the owner of a vessel used in the exercise of treaty fishing rights as defined in the Consent Decree, dated November 28, 1994, entered in United States v. Washington, Civ. No. 9213 - Phase I - Sub. 88-1 and signed by the United States, the signatory tribes and the state of Washington.

(4) Are vessels owned by or leased to a governing body of an Indian tribe subject to vessel excise tax? No. Vessels owned by or leased to a governing body of an Indian tribe are not subject to vessel excise tax. Tribal treaty fishing vessels are exempt from excise tax and registration as described in WAC 308-93-700 through 308-93-770.

(5) What documentation does the department require from a tribal member to qualify for a vessel excise tax exemption?

(a) The department requires a properly completed affidavit of exemption on a form supplied or approved by the department. An affidavit for each vessel must be submitted at the time the exemption is established and at the time of renewal if there is a change of address. The department may require such other proof of qualification for exemption as it deems necessary.

(b) If the vessel is used in the exercise of treaty fishing rights, as defined in the Consent Decree dated November 28, 1994, entered in United States v. Washington, Civ. No. 9213 Phase I Sub. 88-1 and signed by the United States, the signatory tribes and the state of Washington, the registered owner must provide proof that the vessel is registered under the provisions of WAC 308-93-700 through 308-93-770.

(6) What information must be contained within the affidavit of exemption described in subsection (5)(a) of this section? At the minimum, the affidavit of exemption must include the following:

(a) Description of the vessel including the year and make and either the Washington registration number or the hull identification number;

(b) The registered owner's name, tribe, reservation and enrollment or Bureau of Indian Affairs number;

(c) The principal address of the registered owner as will be shown on the vessel registration certificate;

(d) Signature of the registered owner;

(e) A certification of an authorized tribal authority representing the Indian reservation of the tribe of which the registered owner is a member. The certification must include a statement that the registered owner is an enrolled tribal member and that the address provided by the registered owner is within the boundaries of their reservation;

(f) The position or title of the tribal authority, their telephone number and their signature.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 88.02.070 and 88.02.100. 84-13-086 (Order TL-RG-2), 308-93-160, filed 6/21/84. Statutory Authority: 1983 c 7 20 and 1983 2nd ex.s. c 3 46. 83-23-076 (Order 736-DOL), 308-93-160, filed 11/18/83.]


REPEALER

     The following sections of the Washington Administrative Code are repealed:
WAC 308-93-100 Retention of registration certificate for leased or rented vessels.
WAC 308-93-340 Commercial fishing vessels.

Washington State Code Reviser's Office