Terms used in chapter 46.16A RCW and this chapter will have the
following meanings except where otherwise defined, and where the context
clearly indicates the contrary:
"Application" means a form provided or approved by the department to apply for
different types of services and documents.
"Cab and chassis" is an incomplete
vehicle manufactured and sold with only a cab, frame and running gear. (WAC
(3) "Certificate of license registration"
means a document issued by the department and required by
46.16A.180 to be carried in the vehicle to
operate legally on the roadways of Washington and described in
"Chattel lien" is a process by which a
person may sell or take ownership of a vehicle when:
(a) They provide services or materials for a
vehicle at the request of the registered owner; and
(b) The person who provided the services
and/or materials has not been compensated.
(5) "Confidential" and "undercover" license
plates have the same meaning as provided in
"Current year" means the current
registration year unless otherwise stated. (WAC
(7) "Exception reports" means the main source
of communication between jurisdictions and the department of licensing as
computer reports that must be used by the jurisdiction to correct errors they
have submitted to the department. Reports are received by all participating
jurisdictions, whether processing vehicle violations manually or
(a) "Date of expiration" or
"expiration date" means the day of the month on which the vehicle registration,
gross weight license, decal or tabs expire.
"Month of expiration" or "expiration
month" means the calendar month during which a registration period ends. (WAC
(9) "Fleet" means a group of
vehicles registered in the same owner name and which have been assigned the
same fleet identifier code by the department.
(10) "Gross weight," "declared gross weight,"
and "tonnage" mean gross weight defined in
(11) "Identification card" means the
identification card referred to in
46.19.010 for disabled parking privileges and
is used for identification of persons with disabilities.
"Indian country" means all lands,
notwithstanding the issuance of any patent, within the exterior boundaries set
aside by the United States for the use and occupancy of Indian tribes by
treaty, law or executive order and which are areas currently recognized as
"Indian country" by the United States Department of the Interior as referenced
in 18 U.S.C. 1151
and C.F.R. 25.
(13) "Indian tribe" means a Washington Indian
nation, tribe, band, or community recognized as an "Indian tribe" by the United
States Department of the Interior.
(14) "Indian" means a person on the tribal
rolls of the Washington Indian tribe occupying Indian country.
(15) "Individual with disabilities parking
placard expiration date" means the last day of the month as specified on the
"Jurisdiction" as used in the vehicle violation system means any district,
municipal, justice, superior court, Washington state department of
transportation, or authorized representative of one of these
(17) "Jurisdiction seal"
means an embossed seal or stamp provided by the jurisdiction to authenticate
documents provided by jurisdictions.
(18) "Landlord's lien" for rent is a process
by which a landlord may sell or take ownership of a tenant's vehicle as
security for rent due.
"License or licensing" and "register or registering" are synonymous and mean
the act of registering a vehicle under chapter 46.16A RCW.
(20) "License fee" means the fees required
for the act of licensing a vehicle under chapter 46.17 RCW. License fee does
not include license plate fees identified as taxes, and fees collected by the
department for other jurisdictions.
(21) "Licensed physician" for the purpose of
individual with disabilities parking privileges, means: Chiropractic
physicians, naturopaths, medical doctors, osteopathic physicians, podiatric
physicians, and advanced registered nurse practitioners. Licensed physician
does not include persons licensed in the professions of dentistry and
optometry. (RCW 46.19.010.)
(22) "Municipality" in reference to parking
tickets, means every court having jurisdiction over offenses committed under
(23) "NCIC number" means the numeric code
assigned by the National Crime Information Center to identify a
(24) "One hundred
twenty-day notice" in reference to vehicle violations means a notice of vehicle
violations that must be satisfied prior to the registration renewal date.
(25) "Vehicle violation disposition" means
the requested action as determined by the jurisdiction to add failure-to-pay
vehicle violations, or to remove paid vehicle violations from a vehicle record.
(26) "Vehicle violation" means any standing,
stopping, toll nonpayment civil penalty, automated traffic safety camera
infractions, or vehicle violation per
(27) "Vehicle violation list" means a
computerized list containing all outstanding vehicle violations, which have
been processed by the department. (RCW
(28) "Permanent" in reference to individual
with disabilities parking privileges, means a licensed physician has certified
that a qualifying condition is expected to last at least five years.
46.19.010. WAC 308-96A-306.)
"Permanent fleet" means a group of fifty
or more vehicles registered in the same owner(s) name and which have been
assigned the same fleet identifier code by the department and has an expiration
date of December 31st of each year. (WAC
(30) "Permit" in reference to individual with
disabilities parking privileges means the proof provided by the department in
the form of placard(s), special license plate(s) and an identification card
indicating eligibility for individual with disabilities parking privileges.
"Personal use vehicle" in reference to
disabled veteran's, prisoners of war and congressional medal of honor plates,
means vehicles not used for commercial purpose including: Passenger vehicles,
motor homes, motorcycles, and trucks with designated gross vehicle weight not
exceeding twelve thousand pounds. Registration ownership must be in the name of
the individual and not in the business name. (WAC
(32) "Placard" is an item issued to
individuals who qualify for special individual with disabilities parking
46.19.010 and are entitled to receive from
the department of licensing in the form of a removable windshield placard
bearing the international symbol of access and individual serial
(33) "Private carriers"
means those entities contracting with public transportation authorities to
transport persons with disabilities described in
(34) "Privilege" in reference to individual
with disabilities parking privileges means permission to utilize the benefits
associated with the permit. (RCW 46.19.010,
70.84 RCW (July 1, 2011,
version). WAC 308-96A-306.)
"Public transportation authorities" means those entities operating motor
vehicles owned or leased by Washington state, or a town, city, county,
municipality, or metropolitan or municipal corporation within the state, or
United States government agencies or Indian nations used for the primary
purpose of transporting persons with disabilities described in
"Regular fleet" means a group of five or
more vehicles registered in the same owner(s) name and which have been assigned
the same fleet identifier code by the department and has an expiration date of
December 31st of each year. (WAC
(37) "Salvage title" means a certificate of
title issued by another jurisdiction designating a motor vehicle as a "salvage
facilities lien" is a process by which the owner of a self-storage facility may
sell a vehicle stored at the facility as security for rent or other charges
(39) "Signature" means any
memorandum, mark, sign or subscriptions made with intent to authenticate an
(40) "Unprocessed" as used in vehicle
violation system means an update of the computer record has not
"Use classes" means
those vehicles described in WAC
(42) "Vehicle data base record" means the
electronic record stored on the department's motor vehicle data base reflecting
vehicle and ownership information.
(43) "Vehicle/vessel report of sale" means a
document or electronic record transaction that when properly filed protects the
seller of a vehicle/vessel from certain criminal and civil liabilities arising
from use of the vehicle/vessel by another person after the vehicle/vessel has
been sold or a change in ownership has occurred.