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About those license tabs...
While I-695 intended to cut the amount for passenger vehicle
license registration or "tabs" to a flat rate
of $30, there is still a fair amount of confusion over when the law takes
effect and what impact it will have. In response this confusion, the state
Department of Licensing (DOL) released the following explanation
concerning the implementation of the new law.
The law takes effect Jan. 1, 2000.
January 2000 vehicle renewal notices, normally sent this month,
will be sent late due to programming changes. When mailed, these
notices will reflect the amount due if paid after Jan. 1. If you pay before Jan.
1, DOL will charge you under the current law, not the rate set by I-695,
and you will not be entitled to a refund.
No one will pay just $30. Various fees specifically imposed on
vehicles by the legislature have not been repealed by I-695 and will
continue to be collected. For example, there is a $3 filing fee for renewals; a $15
local fee for residents of King County; and a $30 fee on personalized,
collegiate and stadium plates.
You can renew in January 2000 if your tabs are due in November
or December 1999, but you run the risk of being cited for driving an
unlicensed vehicle. You can obtain a trip permit for the intervening
period, which is good for three consecutive days and costs $15. Per state law,
no more than three trip permits can be used in a consecutive 30-day period.
Paid registrations for vehicles which come due in November or
December will not be refunded after Jan. 1.
For more information or clarification on vehicle licensing and how
it will change in the next 60 days, call the Snoqualmie Valley office of
the Department of Licensing at (425) 888-4004.