Legislative information

Each year, we work with the Governor, Legislature and stakeholder groups to identify and accomplish legislative actions that are needed to drive toward our responsibilities of great service, public safety and consumer protection. During odd-numbered years, the regular legislative session is 105 days in length and during even-numbered years, the regular session runs 60 days.

2015 Agency Request Legislation

Prorate and Fuel Tax Omnibus

This bill will amend Chapter 46.87 RCW to come into compliance with the International Registration Plan (IRP). This allows the state to stay a member in good standing with the IRP and receive the full benefits. It also repeals RCW 46.87.023, a part of the IRP statute that oversees registration of rental car businesses and vehicles. The IRP no longer includes passenger rental vehicles. We will replace the statute with a WAC that continues the current in-state rental car registration process without making substantive changes. This bill will also repeal the elimination of the Aeronautics Account and change the effective date of the majority of the sections of SHB 1883 from July 1, 2015 to July 1, 2016.

Security Guard Fingerprinting

This bill will allow us to perform FB fingerprint-based background checks on unarmed security guard applicants and renewal licensees.

Uniform Regulation of Business and Professions Act & Auto Dealers Fingerprinting

This bill will amend the Uniform Regulation of Business and Professions (URBP) statute (RCW 18.235.020) and corresponding Dealer Services program statutes to bring those programs under the URBP licensing and discipline structure. In addition, amend the vehicle dealer background check statute (RCW 46.70.041) to authorize federal NCIC fingerprint based background checks.

2014 Agency Request Legislation

Appraisal Industry Federal Compliance

Fingerprinting for Vehicle Dealers & Security Guards

Bills that may impact you

E2SHB 1129 – Ferry Vessel Replacement

Description: This bill expands the $5 or $12 service fee currently charged at vehicle licensing subagents to include vehicle licensing transactions completed online with the Department of Licensing and at county government licensing offices. The fee is charged on initial vehicle registrations, registration renewals, and certificate of title transactions.

When will this impact me?

  • January 1, 2015

What does this mean to me?

  • A $5 service fee will be charged for each time you renew or obtain initial vehicle registration license tabs in all vehicle licensing offices and online.
  • The $12 service fee for title transactions, such as title transfer and name change will now be charged in county auditor offices as well, in addition to vehicle licensing subagent offices.
  • This fee does not apply to driver license transactions at DOL offices or online.

2ESSB 5785 – Display and replacement of license plates

Description: This bill changes the display and replacement requirements for license plates, special license plates and registration renewal requirements.

When will this impact me?

  • January 1, 2015

What does this mean to me?

  • You will no longer be required to replace your license plates every seven years.
  • A license plate must be replaced at the time a vehicle changes ownership, at which time vehicle registrations expires as well, except when the change in ownership is between immediate family members or from a trust; when removing a deceased spouse or when the owner changes the owner’s name.
  • A vehicle registration is valid for 12 months or until the vehicle changes ownership.
  • The new owner must make application for new license plates and registration renewal and pay any taxes and fees that are due at registration and renewal.
  • The new owner of the vehicle applying for a renewal registration must be credited for any motor vehicle excise tax paid by the previous owner that expired.
  • Allows the new registered owner to apply to retain the license plates by paying the license plate transfer fee of $10 per plate.
  • Specifies that the new license plates and registration do not need to be obtained for vehicles that are sold to vehicle dealers until the dealer sells the vehicle.
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