(1) "Affidavit of sale" - that document
prescribed by the department and given to the successful bidder by the
operator. The affidavit must state that the sale was conducted properly
46.55 RCW and must be
notarized. The affidavit may be submitted to the department with an application
for certificate of title or may be used as a title document by a licensed auto
wrecker, hulk hauler or scrap processor.
"Secure area" - a place of safety for
vehicle storage and in an area completely enclosed by a fence of sufficient
height and construction to prevent access by the general public, with a gate
which can be locked. The fence must be at least six feet high with at least two
strands of barbed wire along the top, for a total combined height of eight feet
or more. Concertina wire may be substituted for the two strands of barbed wire.
The fencing requirement may be waived by the department where, due to the
topography or zoning, a fence would be impracticable and the storage area is
secure without a fence. Storage within an enclosed building will be considered
secure and does not require a waiver. When a licensee has operator
registrations under more than one name and owns or leases a common secure area,
the areas for each operator registration must be segregated by a six-foot fence
which will not require barbed wire. When two or more operators with different
ownership share a secured area, those respective areas must be segregated by an
eight-foot fence as described above.
Wherever practicable secure storage areas will be located on
improved property which is graded and illuminated at night for the safe keeping
of stored vehicles.
"Abandoned vehicle report" - is that document, prescribed by the department, by
which the operator is to report to the department their possession of an
(4) "Notice of
custody and sale" - is that document, prescribed by the department, and sent by
the operator to the registered owner, legal owner (lien holder), lessor and
lessee giving notice of the amount of the operator's lien for services, place
and time of public auction if the vehicle is not redeemed, and of the
operator's right to seek a deficiency against the last registered
(5) "Registered tow truck
operator's business location" - is a location at which records and files
necessary to conduct the business are kept, and where the operator can normally
be contacted by the public.