WSR 00-09-065

PERMANENT RULES

DEPARTMENT OF LICENSING


[ Filed April 18, 2000, 8:19 a.m. ]

Date of Adoption: April 18, 2000.

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

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Repealing WAC 308-93-165; and amending WAC 308-93-650 and 308-93-145.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 88.02.100.

Adopted under notice filed as WSR 00-05-049 on February 14, 2000; and WSR 00-05-056 on February 15, 2000.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 2, Repealed 1.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 2, Repealed 1; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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.

April 18, 2000

G. F. McDougall

for Fred Stephens

Director

OTS-3857.2


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 99-21-097, filed 10/20/99, effective 11/20/99)

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

(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))) (8) 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))) 308-90-070(1); 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) Are any numbers other than those issued by an issuing authority allowed on the front half of my vessel? No person may use a vessel on the waters of this state that has any number that is not issued by an issuing authority for that vessel on its forward half.

(8) 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. 99-21-097, 308-93-145, filed 10/20/99, effective 11/20/99; 84-13-086 (Order TL-RG-2), 308-93-145, filed 6/21/84.]

OTS-3799.1


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending Order TL-RG-19, filed 11/19/85)

WAC 308-93-650
Title purpose only.

((Nothing in chapter 88.02 RCW or chapter 308-93 WAC shall be construed to prevent any person entitled thereto from securing)) Can I obtain a certificate of ownership for my vessel without securing a vessel registration number and decal? Yes, you may obtain a certificate of ((title upon)) ownership for a vessel without securing a ((certificate of)) registration number and vessel decal ((when, in the judgment of the director of licensing, it is proper to do so)).

[Statutory Authority: 1985 c 258. 85-23-066 (Order TL-RG-19), 308-93-650, filed 11/19/85. Statutory Authority: RCW 88.02.100 and 88.02.070. 84-11-060 (Order TL/RG-1), 308-93-650, filed 5/18/84.]

OTS-3800.1


REPEALER

     The following section of the Washington Administrative Code is repealed:
WAC 308-93-165 Other numbers prohibited.

Washington State Code Reviser's Office