Will the department accept an
application for certificate of ownership or supporting documents if they have
been altered? The department may refuse to accept any application for
certificate of ownership or supporting documents when ownership or vehicle
information has been altered.
Will the department accept a certificate of ownership if it has been
altered? Any alteration or erasure voids the certificate of ownership
unless documentation satisfactory to the department in accordance with
subsection (3) of this section is submitted with the certificate.
What does the department require
when a certificate of ownership, an application for certificate of ownership or
supporting documents has been altered?
(a) The department may require an affidavit
explaining any erasure or alteration on the application, certificate of
ownership, or any supporting documentation.
The department may require a
notarized/certified release of interest when:
(i) A signature or name that has been altered
or erased appears on an application; or
(ii) A security interest is named to be shown
on the new certificate of ownership and the applicant claims there is no lien;
(iii) A security interest is
shown incorrectly or is altered on the application for certificate of ownership
from a Washington licensed dealer. In lieu of a release of interest, the
Washington licensed vehicle dealer may attach an affidavit explaining the error
in the security interest.
(c) A name erroneously shown on the
certificate of ownership as the purchaser must be accompanied by either a
release of interest from the erroneously named purchaser or a statement by the
owner of record that the sale was not completed or other explanation for the