Registration year assigned — Registration month — Registration period.
*** CHANGE IN 2014 *** (SEE 5785-S.SL) ***
(1) The department, county auditor or other agent, or subagent appointed by the director shall assign a new registration year to a vehicle if:
(a) The Washington state vehicle registration has expired and registered ownership to the vehicle is being transferred. The renewed license is valid for a full twelve-month period unless a specific expiration date is required by law, rule, or program; or
(b) The Washington vehicle registration has expired and the registered owner:
(i) Is a member of the United States armed forces;
(ii) Was stationed outside of Washington under military orders during the prior vehicle registration year; and
(iii) Provides the department a copy of the military orders.
(2) Each registration year may be divided into twelve registration months. Each registration month begins at 12:01 a.m. on a day of the month assigned by the department and ends at 12:00 a.m. on the same day the following month.
(3) A registration period extends through the end of the next business day when the final day of a registration year or month falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday.
[2010 c 161 § 402; 2009 c 159 § 1; 1992 c 222 § 1; 1983 c 27 § 1; 1981 c 214 § 1; 1975 1st ex.s. c 118 § 1. Formerly RCW 46.16.006.]
| Effective date -- Intent -- Legislation to reconcile chapter 161, Laws of 2010 and other amendments made during the 2010 legislative session -- 2010 c 161: See notes following RCW 46.04.013.|
Effective date -- 1975 1st ex.s. c 118: "This 1975 amendatory act shall take effect on January 1, 1977: PROVIDED, That the director of the department of motor vehicles may, prior to such effective date, undertake and perform duties and conduct activities necessary for the timely implementation of this 1975 amendatory act on such date." [1975 1st ex.s. c 118 § 19.]
Severability -- 1975 1st ex.s. c 118: "If any provision of this 1975 amendatory act is declared unconstitutional, or the applicability thereof to any person or circumstances is held invalid, the constitutionality of the remainder of this 1975 amendatory act and the applicability thereof to persons and circumstances shall not be affected thereby." [1975 1st ex.s. c 118 § 18.]