Effective Date of Rule: Thirty-one days after filing.
Purpose: Rule making is required to allow address changes from approved sources other than the registered owner of the vehicle.
Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 308-56A-040 Name and address -- Change of address.
Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 46.01.110.
Adopted under notice filed as WSR 09-19-110 on September 22, 2009.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0.
Date Adopted: November 24, 2009.
AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 05-23-135, filed 11/22/05, effective 1/3/06)
WAC 308-56A-040 Name and address -- Change of address. (1) If the registered owner's address changes, does the owner need to notify the department?
(2) What information ((
does the)) do registered owners
need to provide to the department if their address changes?
The owner must provide to the department ((
(a) The registered owner's name (natural person or business) as it appears on the vehicle record(s);
(b) The license plate number or vehicle identification number (VIN) of each vehicle; and
(c) The ((
new)) street address for the primary residence
and (( at the choice of the registered owner,)) a separate
mailing address if different from the primary residence
address as defined in WAC 308-56A-030(2) (( with at least)).
The address must include a five digit zip code (( and
preferably a)) or the nine digit zip code if known.
(3) Who may file an address change or correction?
(a) The registered owner of the vehicle; or
(b) A public official, governmental agency, or taxing authority when proof of disputed residence is established; or
(c) A contractor who verifies or supplies correct addresses obtained from a public official or governmental agency.
This section does not relieve the registered owner of the responsibility to notify the department of an address change.
(4) Are there exceptions to the requirement to provide a primary residence street address on the department's change of address form?
To be exempt from the requirement to provide the
primary resident street address, the)) Registered owners must
meet one of the exceptions in WAC 308-56A-030(4) and complete
and sign a form developed by the department indicating which
exception they meet.
(4))) (5) Does the address need to conform to United
States Postal Service (USPS) standards?
Yes. USPS address standards must be used on all vehicle records, registrations, and certificates of ownership.
(5))) (6) When is the registered owner required to
certify the truth of the address information provided (( when
using the department's change of address form))?
No.)) The registered owner (( will only be)) is
required to complete and sign a declaration under penalty of
perjury (( on a form developed by the department)) if the
department (( has been presented with documentation or other
information to indicate)) receives notice that there may be an
error in the address information provided (( and)) for the
vehicle record (( has been)). These records will be flagged to
require the declaration be submitted before any transactions
can be processed on that record.
(6))) (7) What is the penalty if the applicant or
registered owner provides false address information when
changing an address?
A person providing false ((
information is guilty of a gross misdemeanor punishable by a
fine of five hundred twenty-nine dollars.
(7))) (8) Is my residence address subject to public
Where both a mailing address and a residence address
are recorded on the vehicle record and are different, only a
mailing address will be disclosed. Both addresses will be
disclosed in response to requests from courts, law enforcement
agencies, or government entities with enforcement,
investigative, or taxing authority and only for use in the
normal course of conducting their business.)) The department
of licensing complies with statutory standards for disclosure
set out in chapter 46.12 RCW and the Driver's Privacy
Protection Act set out in 18 U.S.C. Secs. 2721-2725.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 46.16.010. 05-23-135, § 308-56A-040, filed 11/22/05, effective 1/3/06. Statutory Authority: RCW 46.01.110. 04-07-168, § 308-56A-040, filed 3/23/04, effective 4/23/04; 03-05-081, § 308-56A-040, filed 2/19/03, effective 3/22/03; 99-01-014, § 308-56A-040, filed 12/7/98, effective 1/7/99; 92-15-024, § 308-56A-040, filed 7/6/92, effective 8/6/92; Order MV 208, § 308-56A-040, filed 7/31/74.]