What is a brand? For the purposes of this section a brand is a
notation on the certificate of ownership or vehicle registration certificate
that records a special circumstance or condition involving a vehicle.
What brands are assigned to
vehicles by the department? Brands
used by the department include, but
are not limited to:
(a) Former exempt, as
(b) Former for hire, as defined in
(c) Former taxicab, as described in
Rebuilt as required in
, when a vehicle reported destroyed
meets the definition
of salvage vehicle in
(e) Street rod as formerly defined in
repealed section RCW 46.04.571;
Nonconformity uncorrected or safety defect uncorrected as defined in
(g) Nonconformity corrected or safety defect
corrected as defined in
(h) Returned to manufacturer;
(i) Odometer - Not actual;
(j) Odometer - Exceeds mechanical
(k) Repaired -
Wrecker/insurance bill of sale;
Contaminated - Vehicles described in chapter 64.44 RCW;
(m) Decontaminated - Vehicles described in
chapter 64.44 RCW.
What brands are carried forward from the other states/jurisdictions by
states/jurisdictions participating in the National Motor Vehicle Title
Information System (NMVTIS) program (known as "Standard Brands
maintained in the brands
list by NMVTIS and include, but are not limited to:
(iv) Salvage - Damaged;
(v) Salvage - Retention;
(vi) Salvage - Stolen;
(vii) Salvage - Other;
(viii) Flood damage;
(ix) Hail damage;
(x) Saltwater damage;
from states/jurisdictions not
participating in NMVTIS that do not appear on the brands
list maintained by
NMVTIS (known as "unique brands
") will be carried forward on Washington
certificates of ownership and registration certificates exactly (or abbreviated
if too long) as they appear on the foreign title.
More than one brand may appear on the vehicle registration or
certificate of ownership.
Will a brand be applied to
destroyed vehicles that have been sold on an out-of-state wrecker or insurance
bill of sale, then repaired, and inspected?
Yes. Vehicles not reported
to DOL as destroyed and then sold using an insurance or wrecker bill of sale in
lieu of a certificate of ownership
/title, then brought into Washington from
another jurisdiction that is not subject to reporting under
repaired, and inspected will be
branded. The brand will appear as "repaired-wrecker/insurance bill of sale."
The jurisdiction code will be identified as "WA."
Why is a brand
used? A brand is used in the circumstances above for consumer
protection. The brand is used to inform any subsequent owners of the current or
former condition or use of the vehicle.
Will the department remove a
stay on vehicle records indefinitely. The department will
only remove a brand if the brand was applied to a Washington certificate of
ownership in error; or
(a) If a former rental
brand was applied prior to the effective date of this rule, it will remain on
the certificate of ownership and/or vehicle registration unless applied in
(b) If a nonstandard brand
was applied prior to the effective date of this rule, it will remain on the
certificate of ownership and/or vehicle registration unless applied in
are brands located on the documents? Brands are located in the brands
section of the certificate of ownership and vehicle registration. Brands will
display beginning with Washington issued brands, followed by unique brands,
then standard brands. If applicable, "WA REBUILT" will show as a banner across
the certificate of ownership.
(8) What is a comment? For the
purposes of this section a comment is an indication on the certificate of
ownership, vehicle title/registration application or vehicle registration
certificate that relates to tax liability, type of ownership, title transaction
(9) What comments could
the department print on certificates of ownership?
(a) Comments relating to the ownership that
include: Bonded, leased, JTWROS.
(b) Comments relating to tax liability that
include: Use tax waived - Gift, value code, value year.
(c) Comments relating to the type of title
transaction, which include duplicate, and reprint.
(d) Miscellaneous comments that include: Not
eligible for road use.
(10) What comments could the department
print on vehicle registration certificates?
Comments printed on vehicle
registration certificates may include, but are not limited to:
(a) "CVSEF PAID" or "commercial vehicle
safety enforcement fee paid";
"Because scale weight exceeds gross weight, D.O.T. permit also
(c) "Commercial vehicle
safety enforcement fee not paid";
(d) "Display tab on back license plate" only
- front plate is still required;
(e) "*Check vehicle data base record for
actual expiration date";
(g) "Proof of FHVUT
(h) "No title issued" or
"no title issued - ownership in doubt";
(i) "Excise exempt NRM";
(j) "Excise exempt Native
(k) "Excise exempt van
(l) "Excise exempt
(n) "Prorated gross weight
to be more than 16,000";
"Additional owners on record";
"Not eligible for road use";
(r) "Use tax waived:
(s) "Permanent fleet
(v) Comments relating to the ownership;
bonded, leased, JTWROS, registration only;
(w) Tax liability DAV, Native American, NRM,
value code/year, use tax option, rideshare, POW, tax code 95, double
(x) Title transaction
type duplicate, reprint, NTI, dual registration, corrected title data,
Miscellaneous gift, ride, previous plate VIN flag, farm vehicle restrictions,
Federal Drug Program (
Title 49 C.F.R. Part 382 ) vehicle color,
odometer code, RETURN TO MFG, not eligible for road use (NEFRU), custom vehicle
and street rod.
What comments would the department carry forward from other
jurisdictions? The department does not carry forward comments assigned
by other jurisdictions.
Why are comments used? Comments are used for consumer protection, to
inform any subsequent owners and vehicle licensing personnel of the current tax
liability, type of ownership, or title transaction type or other pertinent
(13) Will the
department remove a comment?
The department will remove a comment
(a) The comment was applied in error;
(b) The comment no longer