Chapter 468-305 WAC

Last Update: 12/2/15

GENERAL PROVISIONS

WAC Sections

468-305-001Definitions.
468-305-002What is the purpose of these rules?
TOLL COLLECTION
468-305-100What toll payment methods are available on WSDOT toll facilities?
468-305-105What can I do to arrange for toll payment before I use a toll facility?
468-305-125Is there a way for me to pay the toll after I drive on a toll facility before I get a toll bill?
468-305-131What happens when I use a toll facility but do not have an account or I have insufficient funds in my account?
468-305-133What should I do once I receive a toll bill in the mail?
468-305-136What happens if I do not pay or dispute my toll charge?
468-305-150What can I do once I received a notice of civil penalty?
468-305-152What can I do if I dispute my tolls, fees and/or civil penalty?
468-305-160What can I do if I want to pay the tolls but dispute a fee or civil penalty?
468-305-200Are any vehicles exempt from paying a toll?
468-305-210What is required for a qualified vehicle to claim an exemption?
468-305-220How are rental car transactions processed?
TOLL ACCOUNTS
468-305-300How can I open a Good To Go!™ toll account?
468-305-315How do I replenish my account?
468-305-316What happens if my payment does not go through when opening or replenishing an account?
468-305-320What are the various statuses that my account could be in?
468-305-330How can I get a refund if I close my Good To Go!™ account?
468-305-340In what order will my payment be applied to what I owe in toll charges?
468-305-350What happens if my check does not clear my bank?
468-305-400What forms of payment will be accepted by the customer service center?
468-305-410What toll payment methods are accepted at the TNB toll booths?
TOLL VIOLATIONS AND PENALTIES
468-305-526What happens once my dispute is received?
468-305-527What happens if I disagree with the outcome of my dispute?
468-305-528What happens if I request an in-person hearing?
468-305-529How will I be notified of the hearing decision?
468-305-540What information about my toll charges is available prior to the administrative hearing or submission of a written dispute?
468-305-542What evidence will be before the administrative law judge at the hearing or when reviewing the written dispute and waiver of hearing?
468-305-560What is the final order?
468-305-570When is payment due if I am found to have committed the toll violation?
468-305-580How do I find out if a hold has been placed on my vehicle registration renewal?
468-305-582How do I pay amounts forwarded to a collection agency?
DISPOSITION OF SECTIONS FORMERLY CODIFIED IN THIS TITLE
468-305-010Who collects the toll charges on WSDOT toll roads and bridges? [Statutory Authority: RCW 46.63.160, 47.46.105, 47.56.010, 47.56.030(1), 47.56.070, 47.56.403, 47.56.785, 47.56.795. WSR 11-07-039, § 468-305-010, filed 3/14/11, effective 12/3/11 at 12:00 a.m. per WSR 11-24-042.] Repealed by WSR 15-24-123, filed 12/2/15, effective 1/2/16. Statutory Authority: RCW 47.01.101(5), 46.63.160, 47.46.105, 47.56.785, 47.56.790, and 47.56.880.
468-305-015What is "dynamic toll pricing"? [Statutory Authority: RCW 46.63.160, 47.46.105, 47.56.010, 47.56.030(1), 47.56.070, 47.56.403, 47.56.785, 47.56.795. WSR 11-07-039, § 468-305-015, filed 3/14/11, effective 12/3/11 at 12:00 a.m. per WSR 11-24-042.] Repealed by WSR 15-24-123, filed 12/2/15, effective 1/2/16. Statutory Authority: RCW 47.01.101(5), 46.63.160, 47.46.105, 47.56.785, 47.56.790, and 47.56.880.
468-305-020What is "variable toll pricing"? [Statutory Authority: RCW 46.63.160, 47.46.105, 47.56.010, 47.56.030(1), 47.56.070, 47.56.403, 47.56.785, 47.56.795. WSR 11-07-039, § 468-305-020, filed 3/14/11, effective 12/3/11 at 12:00 a.m. per WSR 11-24-042.] Repealed by WSR 15-24-123, filed 12/2/15, effective 1/2/16. Statutory Authority: RCW 47.01.101(5), 46.63.160, 47.46.105, 47.56.785, 47.56.790, and 47.56.880.
468-305-030What is the State Route 167 high-occupancy toll (HOT) lanes pilot project? [Statutory Authority: RCW 46.63.160, 47.46.105, 47.56.010, 47.56.030(1), 47.56.070, 47.56.403, 47.56.785, 47.56.795. WSR 11-07-039, § 468-305-030, filed 3/14/11, effective 12/3/11 at 12:00 a.m. per WSR 11-24-042.] Repealed by WSR 15-24-123, filed 12/2/15, effective 1/2/16. Statutory Authority: RCW 47.01.101(5), 46.63.160, 47.46.105, 47.56.785, 47.56.790, and 47.56.880.
468-305-110Why should I use a Good To Go!™ Pass? [Statutory Authority: RCW 46.63.160, 47.46.105, 47.56.010, 47.56.030(1), 47.56.070, 47.56.403, 47.56.785, 47.56.795. WSR 11-07-039, § 468-305-110, filed 3/14/11, effective 12/3/11 at 12:00 a.m. per WSR 11-24-042.] Repealed by WSR 15-24-123, filed 12/2/15, effective 1/2/16. Statutory Authority: RCW 47.01.101(5), 46.63.160, 47.46.105, 47.56.785, 47.56.790, and 47.56.880.
468-305-120What is a photo toll? [Statutory Authority: RCW 46.63.160, 47.46.105, 47.56.010, 47.56.030(1), 47.56.070, 47.56.403, 47.56.785, 47.56.795. WSR 11-07-039, § 468-305-120, filed 3/14/11, effective 12/3/11 at 12:00 a.m. per WSR 11-24-042.] Repealed by WSR 15-24-123, filed 12/2/15, effective 1/2/16. Statutory Authority: RCW 47.01.101(5), 46.63.160, 47.46.105, 47.56.785, 47.56.790, and 47.56.880.
468-305-122What is a Pay By Plate? [Statutory Authority: RCW 46.63.160, 47.46.105, 47.56.010, 47.56.030(1), 47.56.070, 47.56.403, 47.56.785, 47.56.795. WSR 11-07-039, § 468-305-122, filed 3/14/11, effective 12/3/11 at 12:00 a.m. per WSR 11-24-042.] Repealed by WSR 15-24-123, filed 12/2/15, effective 1/2/16. Statutory Authority: RCW 47.01.101(5), 46.63.160, 47.46.105, 47.56.785, 47.56.790, and 47.56.880.
468-305-124What is a Customer-Initiated Payment? [Statutory Authority: RCW 46.63.160, 47.46.105, 47.56.010, 47.56.030(1), 47.56.070, 47.56.403, 47.56.785, 47.56.795. WSR 11-07-039, § 468-305-124, filed 3/14/11, effective 12/3/11 at 12:00 a.m. per WSR 11-24-042.] Repealed by WSR 15-24-123, filed 12/2/15, effective 1/2/16. Statutory Authority: RCW 47.01.101(5), 46.63.160, 47.46.105, 47.56.785, 47.56.790, and 47.56.880.
468-305-130What is a Pay By Mail toll bill? [Statutory Authority: RCW 46.63.160, 47.46.105, 47.56.010, 47.56.030(1), 47.56.070, 47.56.403, 47.56.785, 47.56.795. WSR 11-07-039, § 468-305-130, filed 3/14/11, effective 12/3/11 at 12:00 a.m. per WSR 11-24-042.] Repealed by WSR 15-24-123, filed 12/2/15, effective 1/2/16. Statutory Authority: RCW 47.01.101(5), 46.63.160, 47.46.105, 47.56.785, 47.56.790, and 47.56.880.
468-305-132What information will be included in a Pay By Mail toll bill? [Statutory Authority: RCW 46.63.160, 47.46.105, 47.56.010, 47.56.030(1), 47.56.070, 47.56.403, 47.56.785, 47.56.795. WSR 11-07-039, § 468-305-132, filed 3/14/11, effective 12/3/11 at 12:00 a.m. per WSR 11-24-042.] Repealed by WSR 15-24-123, filed 12/2/15, effective 1/2/16. Statutory Authority: RCW 47.01.101(5), 46.63.160, 47.46.105, 47.56.785, 47.56.790, and 47.56.880.
468-305-135What happens if I don't pay my Pay By Mail toll bill? [Statutory Authority: RCW 46.63.160, 47.46.105, 47.56.010, 47.56.030(1), 47.56.070, 47.56.403, 47.56.785, 47.56.795. WSR 11-07-039, § 468-305-135, filed 3/14/11, effective 12/3/11 at 12:00 a.m. per WSR 11-24-042.] Repealed by WSR 15-24-123, filed 12/2/15, effective 1/2/16. Statutory Authority: RCW 47.01.101(5), 46.63.160, 47.46.105, 47.56.785, 47.56.790, and 47.56.880.
468-305-140How do I dispute a toll charge? [Statutory Authority: RCW 46.63.160, 47.46.105, 47.56.010, 47.56.030(1), 47.56.070, 47.56.403, 47.56.785, 47.56.795. WSR 11-07-039, § 468-305-140, filed 3/14/11, effective 12/3/11 at 12:00 a.m. per WSR 11-24-042.] Repealed by WSR 15-24-123, filed 12/2/15, effective 1/2/16. Statutory Authority: RCW 47.01.101(5), 46.63.160, 47.46.105, 47.56.785, 47.56.790, and 47.56.880.
468-305-302Do I need to establish a separate Good To Go!™ account for each Good To Go!™ toll road or bridge that I use? [Statutory Authority: RCW 46.63.160, 47.46.105, 47.56.010, 47.56.030(1), 47.56.070, 47.56.403, 47.56.785, 47.56.795. WSR 11-07-039, § 468-305-302, filed 3/14/11, effective 12/3/11 at 12:00 a.m. per WSR 11-24-042.] Repealed by WSR 15-24-123, filed 12/2/15, effective 1/2/16. Statutory Authority: RCW 47.01.101(5), 46.63.160, 47.46.105, 47.56.785, 47.56.790, and 47.56.880.
468-305-310What are the different types of Good To Go!™ toll accounts available and what information is required for each? [Statutory Authority: RCW 46.63.160, 47.46.105, 47.56.010, 47.56.030(1), 47.56.070, 47.56.403, 47.56.785, 47.56.795. WSR 11-07-039, § 468-305-310, filed 3/14/11, effective 12/3/11 at 12:00 a.m. per WSR 11-24-042.] Repealed by WSR 15-24-123, filed 12/2/15, effective 1/2/16. Statutory Authority: RCW 47.01.101(5), 46.63.160, 47.46.105, 47.56.785, 47.56.790, and 47.56.880.
468-305-420What administrative services are provided to WSDOT toll customers without charge? [Statutory Authority: RCW 46.63.160, 47.46.105, 47.56.010, 47.56.030(1), 47.56.070, 47.56.403, 47.56.785, 47.56.795. WSR 11-07-039, § 468-305-420, filed 3/14/11, effective 12/3/11 at 12:00 a.m. per WSR 11-24-042.] Repealed by WSR 15-24-123, filed 12/2/15, effective 1/2/16. Statutory Authority: RCW 47.01.101(5), 46.63.160, 47.46.105, 47.56.785, 47.56.790, and 47.56.880.
468-305-500What is a toll violation? [Statutory Authority: RCW 46.63.160, 47.46.105, 47.56.010, 47.56.030(1), 47.56.070, 47.56.403, 47.56.785, 47.56.795. WSR 11-07-039, § 468-305-500, filed 3/14/11, effective 12/3/11 at 12:00 a.m. per WSR 11-24-042.] Repealed by WSR 15-24-123, filed 12/2/15, effective 1/2/16. Statutory Authority: RCW 47.01.101(5), 46.63.160, 47.46.105, 47.56.785, 47.56.790, and 47.56.880.
468-305-502What is a civil penalty? [Statutory Authority: RCW 46.63.160, 47.46.105, 47.56.010, 47.56.030(1), 47.56.070, 47.56.403, 47.56.785, 47.56.795. WSR 11-07-039, § 468-305-502, filed 3/14/11, effective 12/3/11 at 12:00 a.m. per WSR 11-24-042.] Repealed by WSR 15-24-123, filed 12/2/15, effective 1/2/16. Statutory Authority: RCW 47.01.101(5), 46.63.160, 47.46.105, 47.56.785, 47.56.790, and 47.56.880.
468-305-505What is a notice of civil penalty (NOCP)? [Statutory Authority: RCW 46.63.160, 47.46.105, 47.56.010, 47.56.030(1), 47.56.070, 47.56.403, 47.56.785, 47.56.795. WSR 11-07-039, § 468-305-505, filed 3/14/11, effective 12/3/11 at 12:00 a.m. per WSR 11-24-042.] Repealed by WSR 15-24-123, filed 12/2/15, effective 1/2/16. Statutory Authority: RCW 47.01.101(5), 46.63.160, 47.46.105, 47.56.785, 47.56.790, and 47.56.880.
468-305-510How do I pay a NOCP? [Statutory Authority: RCW 46.63.160, 47.46.105, 47.56.010, 47.56.030(1), 47.56.070, 47.56.403, 47.56.785, 47.56.795. WSR 11-07-039, § 468-305-510, filed 3/14/11, effective 12/3/11 at 12:00 a.m. per WSR 11-24-042.] Repealed by WSR 15-24-123, filed 12/2/15, effective 1/2/16. Statutory Authority: RCW 47.01.101(5), 46.63.160, 47.46.105, 47.56.785, 47.56.790, and 47.56.880.
468-305-515How can I contest or dispute a notice of civil penalty? [Statutory Authority: RCW 46.63.160, 47.46.105, 47.56.010, 47.56.030(1), 47.56.070, 47.56.403, 47.56.785, 47.56.795. WSR 11-07-039, § 468-305-515, filed 3/14/11, effective 12/3/11 at 12:00 a.m. per WSR 11-24-042.] Repealed by WSR 15-24-123, filed 12/2/15, effective 1/2/16. Statutory Authority: RCW 47.01.101(5), 46.63.160, 47.46.105, 47.56.785, 47.56.790, and 47.56.880.
468-305-520How do I submit a written dispute and waiver of hearing? [Statutory Authority: RCW 46.63.160, 47.46.105, 47.56.010, 47.56.030(1), 47.56.070, 47.56.403, 47.56.785, 47.56.795. WSR 11-07-039, § 468-305-520, filed 3/14/11, effective 12/3/11 at 12:00 a.m. per WSR 11-24-042.] Repealed by WSR 15-24-123, filed 12/2/15, effective 1/2/16. Statutory Authority: RCW 47.01.101(5), 46.63.160, 47.46.105, 47.56.785, 47.56.790, and 47.56.880.
468-305-525Who reviews the Written Dispute and Waiver of Hearing Form? [Statutory Authority: RCW 46.63.160, 47.46.105, 47.56.010, 47.56.030(1), 47.56.070, 47.56.403, 47.56.785, 47.56.795. WSR 11-07-039, § 468-305-525, filed 3/14/11, effective 12/3/11 at 12:00 a.m. per WSR 11-24-042.] Repealed by WSR 15-24-123, filed 12/2/15, effective 1/2/16. Statutory Authority: RCW 47.01.101(5), 46.63.160, 47.46.105, 47.56.785, 47.56.790, and 47.56.880.
468-305-530How do I request an in-person administrative hearing? [Statutory Authority: RCW 46.63.160, 47.46.105, 47.56.010, 47.56.030(1), 47.56.070, 47.56.403, 47.56.785, 47.56.795. WSR 11-07-039, § 468-305-530, filed 3/14/11, effective 12/3/11 at 12:00 a.m. per WSR 11-24-042.] Repealed by WSR 15-24-123, filed 12/2/15, effective 1/2/16. Statutory Authority: RCW 47.01.101(5), 46.63.160, 47.46.105, 47.56.785, 47.56.790, and 47.56.880.
468-305-550What is the burden of proof at the hearing or for the written dispute and waiver of hearing? [Statutory Authority: RCW 46.63.160, 47.46.105, 47.56.010, 47.56.030(1), 47.56.070, 47.56.403, 47.56.785, 47.56.795. WSR 11-07-039, § 468-305-550, filed 3/14/11, effective 12/3/11 at 12:00 a.m. per WSR 11-24-042.] Repealed by WSR 15-24-123, filed 12/2/15, effective 1/2/16. Statutory Authority: RCW 47.01.101(5), 46.63.160, 47.46.105, 47.56.785, 47.56.790, and 47.56.880.
468-305-562Can I appeal a final order? [Statutory Authority: RCW 46.63.160, 47.46.105, 47.56.010, 47.56.030(1), 47.56.070, 47.56.403, 47.56.785, 47.56.795. WSR 11-07-039, § 468-305-562, filed 3/14/11, effective 12/3/11 at 12:00 a.m. per WSR 11-24-042.] Repealed by WSR 15-24-123, filed 12/2/15, effective 1/2/16. Statutory Authority: RCW 47.01.101(5), 46.63.160, 47.46.105, 47.56.785, 47.56.790, and 47.56.880.
468-305-572Will interest be charged if an NOCP is not paid? [Statutory Authority: RCW 46.63.160, 47.46.105, 47.56.010, 47.56.030(1), 47.56.070, 47.56.403, 47.56.785, 47.56.795. WSR 11-07-039, § 468-305-572, filed 3/14/11, effective 12/3/11 at 12:00 a.m. per WSR 11-24-042.] Repealed by WSR 15-24-123, filed 12/2/15, effective 1/2/16. Statutory Authority: RCW 47.01.101(5), 46.63.160, 47.46.105, 47.56.785, 47.56.790, and 47.56.880.


468-305-001
Definitions.

The following terms and acronyms shall have the meanings set forth as below.
"Active account" means an open Good To Go!™ toll account with a positive balance sufficient to cover tolls and fees to which may be recorded by the customer service center system.
"Administrative fee" means the fee imposed by WSDOT for toll collection processing and other activities as set forth in chapter 468-270 WAC.
"Administrative hearing" means an in-person or written hearing before an administrative law judge to contest WSDOT's written decision in response to a notice of dispute regarding a notice of civil penalty.
"Administrative law judge" means a judge provided by the office of administrative hearings authorized to conduct administrative hearings.
"Automatic replenishment" means the addition of money to an active toll account using a customers' predesignated payment method according to the Good To Go!™ terms and conditions.
"Branded debit card" means a debit card that can be used as a credit card.
"Civil penalty" means the penalty assessed for any unpaid tolls.
"Closed account" means a toll account that has been closed.
"Commercial account" means a uniquely identifiable type of account for a toll customer who requests more than six Passes for their account.
"Commission" means the transportation commission appointed by the governor of the state of Washington. The commission is responsible for setting toll rates, fees and schedules.
"Customer service center (CSC)" means the place that customers can contact by phone, mail, in person, fax or the internet to open and manage a toll account, and receive services regarding their account and information about state toll facilities.
"Department" means the Washington state department of transportation (WSDOT).
"Department of licensing (DOL)" means the agency that maintains vehicle registration information.
"Dishonored check" means any check returned to WSDOT by a financial institution for any reason, including nonacceptance, nonpayment, nonsufficient funds or stop payment, unless a justifiable stop payment order exists.
"Dishonored credit card transaction" means a credit card transaction that is not approved by the entity that issued the credit card.
"Dynamic toll pricing" means varying the toll rate charged to toll customers based upon live traffic conditions to maintain specific performance standards of traffic management.
"Eligible toll facility (toll facility)" means any portion(s) of the state highway system upon which tolling has been specifically identified by the legislature including, but not limited to, transportation corridors; bridges; crossings; interchanges; on-ramps; off-ramps; approaches; bi-state facilities; and interconnections between highways.
"Express toll lanes" means one or more highway lanes that can be used by authorized high-occupancy vehicles, and by toll-paying vehicles, where toll rates are set to maintain travel speed and reliability.
"Final order" means the decision provided by the administrative law judge (ALJ) in response to an administrative hearing.
"Flex pass" means the Good To Go!™ Pass used to declare status to qualify as a toll-free carpool as defined by the commission.
"Good To Go!™" means the name of the department's toll collection system and is a registered trademark.
"Good To Go!™ customer" means a toll customer who participates in the department's Good To Go!™ tolling program.
"Government agency transponder account" means a uniquely identifiable type of account for a public agency.
"Hearing Request Form" means the form provided with the initial order which outlines the process for an individual to request a hearing to dispute the initial order given by the department in response to a notice of dispute.
"High occupancy vehicle (HOV)" means a bus, vanpool or a carpool vehicle with minimum occupancy requirements depending upon the posted roadway HOV signage and as further described in WAC 468-510-010 and RCW 46.74.010.
"High-occupancy toll lanes (HOT lanes)" means one or more lanes of a highway that charges tolls as a means of regulating access to or the use of the lanes in order to maintain travel speed and reliability. HOT lane supporting facilities include, but are not limited to, approaches, enforcement areas, improvements, buildings, and equipment as defined in RCW 47.56.401 and 47.56.403.
"Inactive account" means a toll account that has had no toll transaction activity during a predefined period of time as defined by the Good To Go!™ terms and conditions.
"Initial order" means the written decision provided by the department or its designee in response to a notice of dispute.
"Insufficient funds account" means a toll account with a balance less than the single toll rate or fee at the time the customer's transaction is processed.
"Nonsufficient funds" means a dishonored check presented to WSDOT in payment of any toll transaction.
"Notice of civil penalty (NOCP)" means the notice that is sent to notify the registered vehicle owner of a toll violation for failure to pay a toll by the toll payment due date, and for which a civil penalty is assessed.
"Notice of dishonored credit card transaction" means a transaction authorized by a toll customer that is not honored by the financial institution for any reason except for the existence of a stop payment order.
"Notice of dispute" means a customer's contact with the department, by phone or in writing, to dispute a fee and/or notice of civil penalty.
"Notice of nonsufficient funds (NSF)" means the notice sent to a toll customer who presented a nonsufficient funds check to WSDOT in payment of any toll transaction or fee. This notice will be mailed to the toll customer at the address noted on the check returned from the financial institution.
"Pass (Good To Go!™ Pass)" means the transponder device used on WSDOT toll facilities.
"Pass toll transaction" means a toll transaction that has been posted in the customer service center system based on a pass number.
"Pay By Mail" means the method used to pay a photo toll when a toll bill is mailed to the vehicle's registered owner.
"Pay By Plate" means the method used to pay a photo toll by a customer who has a toll account through the use of a photo toll system.
"Payment transaction" means a record of activity created by the customer service center as a result of a customer payment.
"Photo toll" means a charge associated with a particular vehicle that is identified by its license plate and includes Pay By Mail, Pay By Plate and Short Term Account.
"Photo toll system" means a camera-based imaging system that uses digital video or still image formats to record license plate images of vehicles using toll lanes for the purpose of collecting photo tolls.
"RCW" means the Revised Code of Washington.
"Registered toll account" means a toll account that contains customer contact information.
"Short Term Account" means the method used to pay a photo toll when there is no regular toll account and the customer pays the photo toll no later than three days after the toll transaction.
"State" means the state of Washington.
"Statewide tolling program" means the single, integrated tolling operations used by all eligible state toll facilities and includes both toll collection and toll enforcement processes.
"Tacoma Narrows Bridge" means the toll facility located on SR 16 in Pierce County, Washington.
"Toll" means the charge for the use of a state toll facility that may be paid by Good To Go!™ Pass, Pay By Plate (or a registered license plate account), Short Term Account, Pay By Mail, or cash (where available).
"Toll account (Good To Go!™ toll account)" means an account that is linked to a Pass or license plate, or both, in order to pay a toll by automatic debit.
"Toll bill (Pay by Mail toll bill)" means a bill that is sent to the registered owner of a vehicle which has incurred a photo toll. A toll bill will state the amount due including photo tolls at the Pay By Mail rate and all associated fees.
"Toll collection system (TCS)" means any system that creates a toll transaction and includes both electronic and photo toll collection systems, and cash (where available).
"Toll customer" means anyone who passes through a toll transportation facility.
"Toll enforcement office" means the division within WSDOT responsible for toll enforcement activities associated with the notices of civil penalty (NOCPs) as well as the written disputes and administrative hearings.
"Toll enforcement officer" means any person authorized by WSDOT to review and certify notices of civil penalty (NOCP).
"Toll facility" means a toll transportation facility.
"Toll payment due date" means the date when a toll bill must be paid to avoid a civil penalty. The toll payment due date is eighty days from the date the vehicle uses the toll facility and incurs the toll charge.
"Toll transaction" means a record of activity created by the toll collection system as a result of a vehicle traveling through a tolling point.
"Toll violation" means the violation of statutes requiring that a toll be paid by the toll payment due date which is eighty days from the toll transaction date.
"Transponder disabling device (shield)" means an authorized WSDOT device that is used to render inoperative the radio transmission of the vehicle identification code from a transponder to a roadside transponder reader.
"Transponder (Good To Go!™ Pass)" means a device attached to a toll customer's vehicle that automatically identifies the toll customer's vehicle as it passes through the toll facility.
"Unregistered toll account" means a uniquely identifiable type of account that does not contain customer name, address, or vehicle information and requires the use of a pass and manual replenishment.
"Variable toll pricing" means a method of varying a toll rate by time of day in order to maximize the performance of the highway facility being tolled.
"WSDOT" means Washington state department of transportation, any division, section, office, unit or other entity within Washington state department of transportation, and any of the officers or other officials lawfully representing Washington state department of transportation.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 47.01.101(5), 46.63.160, 47.46.105, 47.56.785, 47.56.790, and 47.56.880. WSR 15-24-123, § 468-305-001, filed 12/2/15, effective 1/2/16. Statutory Authority: RCW 46.63.160, 47.46.105, 47.56.010, 47.56.030(1), 47.56.070, 47.56.403, 47.56.785, 47.56.795. WSR 11-07-039, § 468-305-001, filed 3/14/11, effective 12/3/11 at 12:00 a.m. per WSR 11-24-042.]



468-305-002
What is the purpose of these rules?

The purpose of these rules is to explain how the Washington state department of transportation (WSDOT) will operate its tolling programs and specifically to:
(1) Establish a uniform toll collection and enforcement system for transportation facilities across Washington state;
(2) Establish efficient processes for both photo and electronic toll collection including an effective toll bill system; and
(3) Ensure fair and efficient toll enforcement and adjudication processes including the accurate issuance of notices of civil penalty (NOCP) and the opportunity for an impartial resolution of NOCP disputes.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 46.63.160, 47.46.105, 47.56.010, 47.56.030(1), 47.56.070, 47.56.403, 47.56.785, 47.56.795. WSR 11-07-039, § 468-305-002, filed 3/14/11, effective 12/3/11 at 12:00 a.m. per WSR 11-24-042.]



468-305-100
What toll payment methods are available on WSDOT toll facilities?

The following toll payment methods are available on WSDOT toll facilities:
(1) Payment by pass: This toll payment option uses a Good To Go!™ Pass (transponder device) to debit funds from an associated valid toll account.
(2) Photo toll payments: This payment method uses a photograph of a license plate to assess the toll. The photo toll may be paid by toll account; a Short Term Account; by individual payment online, mail, fax, over the phone or in person at a customer service center; or in response to a Pay By Mail toll bill. This payment method is not available on the SR 167 HOT lanes.
(3) Manual payment: This payment method is available only on the Tacoma Narrows Bridge. It requires payment at a tollbooth using cash, a credit card or branded debit card. This option also requires you to stop your vehicle at the tollbooth facility to pay.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 47.01.101(5), 46.63.160, 47.46.105, 47.56.785, 47.56.790, and 47.56.880. WSR 15-24-123, § 468-305-100, filed 12/2/15, effective 1/2/16. Statutory Authority: RCW 46.63.160, 47.46.105, 47.56.010, 47.56.030(1), 47.56.070, 47.56.403, 47.56.785, 47.56.795. WSR 11-07-039, § 468-305-100, filed 3/14/11, effective 12/3/11 at 12:00 a.m. per WSR 11-24-042.]



468-305-105
What can I do to arrange for toll payment before I use a toll facility?

(1) Prior to using a toll facility, you can open a toll account either online, in person at a customer service center or over the phone.
(2) When you set up your account or anytime while the account is still open you can select from the following types of accounts:
(a) Good To Go!™ Pass account – One or more Good To Go!™ Passes can be connected to a toll account. When a pass is detected by sensors on a toll facility and there are sufficient funds in your account to cover the toll, the account will be debited. This type of account can be used on all toll facilities, is quick, simple and offers you the lowest rate.
(b) Pay By Plate account – One or more license plates can be connected to a toll account. When those plates are photographed using a toll facility and there are sufficient funds in your account to cover the toll, the account will be debited. There may be facilities where you cannot use this type of account. Charges associated with this type of account are lower than Pay By Mail charges but more than Good To Go!™ Pass account charges.
(c) Short Term Account - If you plan on using a toll facility a limited number of times, within a twenty-day time period, or up to seventy-two hours after use, you can set up a Short Term Account. Short Term Accounts only last twenty days and funds cannot be added after the initial amount is used. Short Term Accounts require you to identify the license plate(s) that you want tied to the account.
(3) All pass and Pay By Plate accounts can be set up to be replenished automatically or manually. The account will remain in place unless closed by the account holder or by WSDOT for lack of sufficient funds or lack of activity. Accounts set up online must be registered for automatic replenishment.
(4) A vehicle can only be connected to one account at any one time.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 47.01.101(5), 46.63.160, 47.46.105, 47.56.785, 47.56.790, and 47.56.880. WSR 15-24-123, § 468-305-105, filed 12/2/15, effective 1/2/16.]



468-305-125
Is there a way for me to pay the toll after I drive on a toll facility before I get a toll bill?

If you use a toll facility and do not have an account, tolls may be paid by opening an account or, if you have insufficient funds in your account to cover the toll, tolls can be paid by calling the customer service center within seventy-two hours of using the toll facility. A Short Term Account can also be opened up to seventy-two hours after using a toll facility.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 47.01.101(5), 46.63.160, 47.46.105, 47.56.785, 47.56.790, and 47.56.880. WSR 15-24-123, § 468-305-125, filed 12/2/15, effective 1/2/16.]



468-305-131
What happens when I use a toll facility but do not have an account or I have insufficient funds in my account?

(1) If a vehicle uses a toll facility without an account, or there are insufficient funds in the account, a Pay By Mail toll charge will be assessed and a toll bill issued.
(2) A toll bill may contain one or more toll charges.
(3) Toll bills will be sent to the address where the vehicle is registered. It is the registered owner's responsibility to update their registration address with the department of licensing.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 47.01.101(5), 46.63.160, 47.46.105, 47.56.785, 47.56.790, and 47.56.880. WSR 15-24-123, § 468-305-131, filed 12/2/15, effective 1/2/16.]



468-305-133
What should I do once I receive a toll bill in the mail?

Toll charges must be paid or disputed within eighty days of using the toll facility. A first toll bill will be mailed to the registered owner. Toll charges not paid by the due date of the toll bill will receive a second toll bill and will be assessed a five dollar reprocessing fee (one fee per toll bill). If a reprocessing fee is assessed, this fee must also be paid within eighty days of using the toll facility. Toll charges can be paid online, by mail, in person at a customer service center, or by telephone.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 47.01.101(5), 46.63.160, 47.46.105, 47.56.785, 47.56.790, and 47.56.880. WSR 15-24-123, § 468-305-133, filed 12/2/15, effective 1/2/16.]



468-305-136
What happens if I do not pay or dispute my toll charge?

(1) If a toll charge is not disputed or paid within eighty days of the toll charge being incurred, the registered owner of the vehicle incurring the toll may be assessed a civil penalty. A civil penalty is defined in RCW 46.63.160(8) plus the initial toll charge and reprocessing fee.
(2) A notice of civil penalty (NOCP) will be sent by WSDOT to notify the registered vehicle owner of the civil penalty and shall include:
(a) A certification that the license plate in the photo is the license plate of the vehicle being assessed the toll;
(b) The total amount due; and
(c) Instructions for paying or disputing the NOCP.
(3) A notice of civil penalty may include information regarding one or more toll charges that were not paid and their associated civil penalties and reprocessing fees.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 47.01.101(5), 46.63.160, 47.46.105, 47.56.785, 47.56.790, and 47.56.880. WSR 15-24-123, § 468-305-136, filed 12/2/15, effective 1/2/16.]



468-305-150
What can I do once I received a notice of civil penalty?

(1) You can pay the notice of civil penalty.
(2) Payment can be made to the customer service center with cash, check, certified check, credit, debit card, or by money order. Payments can be made online, in person, by mail, or telephone.
(3) You may dispute the notice of civil penalty according to the dispute form provided with the notice.
(4) Failure to timely pay the total amount due or dispute the notice shall automatically result in liability for the amount set out in the notice, and a hold may be placed on the vehicle registration renewal. Unpaid amounts may also be transferred to a collection agency.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 47.01.101(5), 46.63.160, 47.46.105, 47.56.785, 47.56.790, and 47.56.880. WSR 15-24-123, § 468-305-150, filed 12/2/15, effective 1/2/16.]



468-305-152
What can I do if I dispute my tolls, fees and/or civil penalty?

A customer may dispute the toll charges to a toll account or in a toll bill. A toll may be dismissed or adjusted if the customer provides evidence of documented mitigating circumstances as outlined in RCW 46.63.160(5). A customer can dispute tolls, fees and/or civil penalties with the dispute form provided with the notice of civil penalty or available online.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 47.01.101(5), 46.63.160, 47.46.105, 47.56.785, 47.56.790, and 47.56.880. WSR 15-24-123, § 468-305-152, filed 12/2/15, effective 1/2/16.]



468-305-160
What can I do if I want to pay the tolls but dispute a fee or civil penalty?

(1) Registered owners wishing to dispute a fee or civil penalty must contact the customer service center or submit a dispute form.
(2) Dispute forms are included with the notice of civil penalty and are available online. Dispute forms must include a full written statement explaining the reasons for disputing the fee or civil penalty, including any verifiable documents supporting the dispute. The department may waive fees and civil penalties upon the first customer request to do so by applying an education program.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 47.01.101(5), 46.63.160, 47.46.105, 47.56.785, 47.56.790, and 47.56.880. WSR 15-24-123, § 468-305-160, filed 12/2/15, effective 1/2/16.]



468-305-200
Are any vehicles exempt from paying a toll?

Only those vehicles authorized by the commission are exempt from paying tolls. The list of qualified vehicles and qualified uses may vary depending on the toll facility.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 46.63.160, 47.46.105, 47.56.010, 47.56.030(1), 47.56.070, 47.56.403, 47.56.785, 47.56.795. WSR 11-07-039, § 468-305-200, filed 3/14/11, effective 12/3/11 at 12:00 a.m. per WSR 11-24-042.]



468-305-210
What is required for a qualified vehicle to claim an exemption?

(1) In order to establish a vehicle's exemption approved by the commission, you may be required to meet the following procedures:
(a) Establish that the vehicle(s) is eligible for exemption by submitting a certification of exemption eligibility; and review and monitor toll usage as requested by WSDOT;
(b) Establish and maintain a Good To Go!™ toll account in good standing and equip the qualified vehicle with a pass; and
(c) Equip the vehicle with identification signage.
(2) To claim exemptions for specific toll transactions debited from a toll account, the registered owner or its authorized representative must submit a written request which:
(a) Includes the Good To Go!™ toll account number;
(b) Identifies the date and time of the transaction(s) for which a credit is being sought;
(c) Includes a signed statement that the qualified vehicle's use of the road met the exemption requirements; and
(d) Submit the written request within eighty days of the toll transaction date. The department may then issue a credit to the toll account.
(3) To claim exemption from specific toll transactions where the registered owner receives a Pay By Mail toll bill, the registered owner or its authorized representative must submit a written request which:
(a) Includes the toll bill number;
(b) Identifies the date and time of the toll transaction(s) for which a credit or waiver is being sought;
(c) Includes a signed statement that the qualified vehicle's use of the road met the exemption requirements; and
(d) Submit the written request within eighty days of the toll transaction date. The department may then waive the toll.
(4) Failure to submit a certification of vehicle(s) exemption eligibility or timely submit a written request for toll transaction credit will result in a waiver of the ability to claim a toll exemption.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 47.01.101(5), 46.63.160, 47.46.105, 47.56.785, 47.56.790, and 47.56.880. WSR 15-24-123, § 468-305-210, filed 12/2/15, effective 1/2/16. Statutory Authority: RCW 46.63.160, 47.46.105, 47.56.010, 47.56.030(1), 47.56.070, 47.56.403, 47.56.785, 47.56.795. WSR 11-07-039, § 468-305-210, filed 3/14/11, effective 12/3/11 at 12:00 a.m. per WSR 11-24-042.]



468-305-220
How are rental car transactions processed?

When a vehicle registered to a rental agency uses a toll facility without making the proper payment, the rental agency will receive notification of the toll charge, time, date, location and amount due. The rental agency may elect to pay WSDOT directly for the toll and seek reimbursement from the renter or they may provide WSDOT with the information regarding the rentee and rental vehicle as required under RCW 46.63.160(10) within thirty days of the notice mailing. WSDOT may then issue a toll bill to the rentee. If the rental agency fails to timely provide the requested information it may be held liable for the toll charges. To facilitate toll operations and collections, the department may use and allow various processes for toll transactions associated with rental agency vehicles.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 46.63.160, 47.46.105, 47.56.010, 47.56.030(1), 47.56.070, 47.56.403, 47.56.785, 47.56.795. WSR 11-07-039, § 468-305-220, filed 3/14/11, effective 12/3/11 at 12:00 a.m. per WSR 11-24-042.]



468-305-300
How can I open a Good To Go!™ toll account?

(1) To open a toll account, you must choose an account type and complete the account application.
(2) Prepay at least the minimum fund balance into the account. If you have any outstanding balances, they must be resolved prior to opening an account;
(3) Purchase and install a Good To Go!™ Pass (transponder device) for pass transactions; and
(4) Register your vehicle license plate(s) for Pay By Plate transactions.
(5) The "Good To Go!™" customer contract contains a full explanation of the Good To Go!™ terms and conditions associated with the WSDOT Good To Go!™ toll collection program.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 47.01.101(5), 46.63.160, 47.46.105, 47.56.785, 47.56.790, and 47.56.880. WSR 15-24-123, § 468-305-300, filed 12/2/15, effective 1/2/16. Statutory Authority: RCW 46.63.160, 47.46.105, 47.56.010, 47.56.030(1), 47.56.070, 47.56.403, 47.56.785, 47.56.795. WSR 11-07-039, § 468-305-300, filed 3/14/11, effective 12/3/11 at 12:00 a.m. per WSR 11-24-042.]



468-305-315
How do I replenish my account?

You may replenish your account either manually or have it replenished automatically.
(1) Automatic account replenishment. A customer who has a registered toll account may choose to have that account replenished automatically by using an electronic check (ACH) from your bank account, credit card, or branded debit card and according to the following requirements:
(a) Electronic check (ACH). You must designate a bank account (electronic check) to be used for replenishment as well as the replenishment range to be used. The replenishment amount will remain within your authorized range, but will never go below the WSDOT established minimum replenishment amount. You must also complete the electronic check – ACH Authorization Form.
(b) Credit card or branded debit card. You must designate a credit card or branded debit card to be used for replenishment, and designate the payment amount to be used.
The automatic replenishment amount can be raised by the customer but cannot be lowered online. The customer can call a customer service representative to lower the replenishment amount but it cannot be lowered below the WSDOT established minimum replenishment amount. The automatic replenishment is not available on unregistered accounts.
(2) Manual account replenishment. If you choose to manually replenish your account, you are responsible for monitoring your account balance and making deposits as needed to maintain a positive balance sufficient to cover toll charges.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 46.63.160, 47.46.105, 47.56.010, 47.56.030(1), 47.56.070, 47.56.403, 47.56.785, 47.56.795. WSR 11-07-039, § 468-305-315, filed 3/14/11, effective 12/3/11 at 12:00 a.m. per WSR 11-24-042.]



468-305-316
What happens if my payment does not go through when opening or replenishing an account?

(1) Opening an account. If your payment cannot be processed (if the initial payment failed during account establishment), the account will not be opened unless another form of payment is tendered and cleared. If the payment was not submitted in person (the ACH or bank card payments received by mail or fax), the CSC will attempt to notify the customer within three days to provide another form of payment.
(2) Replenishing an account. If your payment cannot be processed to automatically replenish your account, the CSC shall attempt to resubmit the payment request a second time. If your payment does not go through and your account goes negative, you may receive a toll bill(s) for any toll transactions that occur while your account was negative.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 46.63.160, 47.46.105, 47.56.010, 47.56.030(1), 47.56.070, 47.56.403, 47.56.785, 47.56.795. WSR 11-07-039, § 468-305-316, filed 3/14/11, effective 12/3/11 at 12:00 a.m. per WSR 11-24-042.]



468-305-320
What are the various statuses that my account could be in?

(1) A toll account may be designated with one of the following statuses:
(a) Proposed. An account is in this status prior to becoming active.
(b) Active. An account is considered active if it is funded and eligible to receive toll transactions.
(c) Closed. An account may be closed upon a customer's written request or by the customer service center if there is a lack of sufficient funds or after twenty-four months of inactivity. Any remaining balance will be refunded to the customer.
(d) Suspended. An account may be suspended for up to twenty-four months at the request of the customer. Transactions and payments cannot post to a suspended toll account.
(2) The CSC will not allow a customer to close an account with a negative balance and reopen a new account. The CSC will notify the customer of the amount due, in writing, when an attempt is made to close an account with a negative balance. Unpaid balances on a toll account may be forwarded to a collections agency.
(3) If an account is suspended, closed or has insufficient funds to cover a toll transaction, the customer will receive a Pay By Mail toll bill for any transactions that do not post to the account.
(4) If funds are available on the account at the time of closure, the customer will be refunded the balance, minus any outstanding tolls and fees.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 47.01.101(5), 46.63.160, 47.46.105, 47.56.785, 47.56.790, and 47.56.880. WSR 15-24-123, § 468-305-320, filed 12/2/15, effective 1/2/16. Statutory Authority: RCW 46.63.160, 47.46.105, 47.56.010, 47.56.030(1), 47.56.070, 47.56.403, 47.56.785, 47.56.795. WSR 11-07-039, § 468-305-320, filed 3/14/11, effective 12/3/11 at 12:00 a.m. per WSR 11-24-042.]



468-305-330
How can I get a refund if I close my Good To Go!™ account?

When you close your toll account, you may request a refund by mail or in person if you have a registered toll account. Account closure forms may be obtained online, in person or by calling the customer service center. Any outstanding fees or tolls will be deducted from the account balance prior to issuing an account refund. Refunds shall be issued within fifteen days from receipt of the completed account closure form. Refunds shall be made in the form of the original payment, when possible. For example, if deposit was made by credit card, the refund would be credited to the same credit card.
For accounts that cannot be refunded electronically, the customer will be issued a check by WSDOT to the account's last recorded mailing address. Refunds will not be issued to unregistered pass accounts.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 47.01.101(5), 46.63.160, 47.46.105, 47.56.785, 47.56.790, and 47.56.880. WSR 15-24-123, § 468-305-330, filed 12/2/15, effective 1/2/16. Statutory Authority: RCW 46.63.160, 47.46.105, 47.56.010, 47.56.030(1), 47.56.070, 47.56.403, 47.56.785, 47.56.795. WSR 11-07-039, § 468-305-330, filed 3/14/11, effective 12/3/11 at 12:00 a.m. per WSR 11-24-042.]



468-305-340
In what order will my payment be applied to what I owe in toll charges?

The CSC will apply each customer payment in the following order:
(1) Any outstanding nonsufficient funds fees or dishonored check fees.
(2) Payment shall be applied to the oldest outstanding unpaid toll transaction based on transaction posting date and time, unless otherwise directed by customer.
(3) For each toll transaction, payment will be applied first to the administrative fees then to the toll transaction amount.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 47.01.101(5), 46.63.160, 47.46.105, 47.56.785, 47.56.790, and 47.56.880. WSR 15-24-123, § 468-305-340, filed 12/2/15, effective 1/2/16. Statutory Authority: RCW 46.63.160, 47.46.105, 47.56.010, 47.56.030(1), 47.56.070, 47.56.403, 47.56.785, 47.56.795. WSR 11-07-039, § 468-305-340, filed 3/14/11, effective 12/3/11 at 12:00 a.m. per WSR 11-24-042.]



468-305-350
What happens if my check does not clear my bank?

The process for handling dishonored checks described in WAC 468-20-900, Dishonored checks.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 46.63.160, 47.46.105, 47.56.010, 47.56.030(1), 47.56.070, 47.56.403, 47.56.785, 47.56.795. WSR 11-07-039, § 468-305-350, filed 3/14/11, effective 12/3/11 at 12:00 a.m. per WSR 11-24-042.]



468-305-400
What forms of payment will be accepted by the customer service center?

(1) Credit card. The CSC will accept and process the following types of credit cards as a customer's method of payment:
(a) MasterCard;
(b) VISA;
(c) American Express;
(d) Discover;
(e) Branded debit cards.
(2) Debit card. The CSC will accept and process debit cards. Debit cards that require a pin for processing will be accepted only for in-person transactions.
(3) Check. The CSC will accept the following forms of checks as a customer's method of payment:
(a) Personal check;
(b) Business check;
(c) Electronic check (automatic clearing house - ACH);
(d) Money order;
(e) Cashier's check;
(f) Traveler's check;
(g) Bank or teller's check;
(h) Government check (warrant);
(i) Voucher or similar draft guaranteed by a U.S. bank.
(4) Cash. The CSC will accept cash in the form of U.S. coin or currency.
(5) Electronic benefits transfer. The CSC will accept and process electronic benefits transfer (EBT) at walk-in CSC locations.
(6) Inter agency payment. The CSC will accept and process inter/intra agency payment (IAP) for accounts flagged as a state agency.
(7) Electronic check (ACH).
(a) The CSC will accept direct payment from your bank account via electronic check (also known as automatic clearing house - ACH) at the walk-in centers, mobile units, online, via phone, mail and fax. Foreign banks will not be accepted.
(b) ACH payments will require either a signed authorization or electronic signature authorization from the customer. The authorization can also be verbal for payments by phone.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 46.63.160, 47.46.105, 47.56.010, 47.56.030(1), 47.56.070, 47.56.403, 47.56.785, 47.56.795. WSR 11-07-039, § 468-305-400, filed 3/14/11, effective 12/3/11 at 12:00 a.m. per WSR 11-24-042.]



468-305-410
What toll payment methods are accepted at the TNB toll booths?

The following forms of payments may be used to pay at the Tacoma Narrows Bridge tollbooths and the conditions under which payments will be accepted:
(1) U.S. coin and currency;
(2) Credit cards (MasterCard, VISA, Discover, or American Express);
(3) Branded debit cards (no pin); and
(4) Other noncash instruments authorized by the department.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 46.63.160, 47.46.105, 47.56.010, 47.56.030(1), 47.56.070, 47.56.403, 47.56.785, 47.56.795. WSR 11-07-039, § 468-305-410, filed 3/14/11, effective 12/3/11 at 12:00 a.m. per WSR 11-24-042.]



468-305-526
What happens once my dispute is received?

Timely submitted disputes will be reviewed consistent with the Administrative Procedure Act brief adjudicative proceedings described in RCW 34.05.482 through 34.05.494 and a written decision will be provided.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 47.01.101(5), 46.63.160, 47.46.105, 47.56.785, 47.56.790, and 47.56.880. WSR 15-24-123, § 468-305-526, filed 12/2/15, effective 1/2/16.]



468-305-527
What happens if I disagree with the outcome of my dispute?

You can appeal the initial order by submitting a request for an in-person or written hearing. Information on how to appeal the initial order and a Hearing Request Form will be included with the decision.
If you are requesting a written hearing, you must include all documents and evidence you want to be considered with your request.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 47.01.101(5), 46.63.160, 47.46.105, 47.56.785, 47.56.790, and 47.56.880. WSR 15-24-123, § 468-305-527, filed 12/2/15, effective 1/2/16.]



468-305-528
What happens if I request an in-person hearing?

Once you request a hearing, you will receive a notice of hearing which will contain the date and time of your hearing. The registered owner of the vehicle, or designated agent, must attend the hearing. If you cannot appear on the date scheduled, you must notify the customer service center in writing at least twenty-four hours before the scheduled hearing date to request a new date. Only one such rescheduling is permitted. If you do not appear at a scheduled hearing without notification, you will be liable to pay the tolls, fees, and penalties.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 47.01.101(5), 46.63.160, 47.46.105, 47.56.785, 47.56.790, and 47.56.880. WSR 15-24-123, § 468-305-528, filed 12/2/15, effective 1/2/16.]



468-305-529
How will I be notified of the hearing decision?

An administrative law judge will issue a final order stating whether the registered owner is liable for tolls, fees, and/or civil penalties. Orders issued as the result of a written hearing will be sent to the address provided in the request for written hearing. Orders issued as the result of an in-person hearing will be issued following the conclusion of the hearing. For customers with verifiable mitigating circumstances, the final order is sent to the address provided in the hearing request. For all other in-person hearings, the final order is provided to the customer in writing immediately following the hearing.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 47.01.101(5), 46.63.160, 47.46.105, 47.56.785, 47.56.790, and 47.56.880. WSR 15-24-123, § 468-305-529, filed 12/2/15, effective 1/2/16.]



468-305-540
What information about my toll charges is available prior to the administrative hearing or submission of a written dispute?

The registered owner may request a copy of the evidence package which will include the NOCPs, toll bills and other customer information at issue in the administrative hearing or written dispute. Discovery, as described in superior court civil rules 26 through 36, is not available.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 46.63.160, 47.46.105, 47.56.010, 47.56.030(1), 47.56.070, 47.56.403, 47.56.785, 47.56.795. WSR 11-07-039, § 468-305-540, filed 3/14/11, effective 12/3/11 at 12:00 a.m. per WSR 11-24-042.]



468-305-542
What evidence will be before the administrative law judge at the hearing or when reviewing the written dispute and waiver of hearing?

(1) WSDOT evidence. The department will provide for consideration by the administrative law judge the following:
(a) The vehicle license plate images associated with the NOCP(s);
(b) The vehicle registration information from department of licensing;
(c) The Pay By Mail toll bill(s); and
(d) Any other documentary or oral evidence pertaining to the toll violation.
(2) Other evidence.
(a) The registered owner will be afforded the opportunity to respond to the evidence with an oral statement and to present evidence that is reasonably related to the toll violation.
(b) All testimony of parties will be made under oath or affirmation.
(c) Documentary evidence may be received in the form of copies or excerpts or by incorporation by reference.
(d) The administrative law judge may exclude evidence that is irrelevant, immaterial or repetitious.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 46.63.160, 47.46.105, 47.56.010, 47.56.030(1), 47.56.070, 47.56.403, 47.56.785, 47.56.795. WSR 11-07-039, § 468-305-542, filed 3/14/11, effective 12/3/11 at 12:00 a.m. per WSR 11-24-042.]



468-305-560
What is the final order?

The decision provided by the administrative law judge in response to an administrative hearing is a final order.
After consideration of the evidence and argument as presented in either the Hearing Request Form, or at the administrative hearing, the administrative law judge will determine what tolls, fees and/or civil penalties are due.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 47.01.101(5), 46.63.160, 47.46.105, 47.56.785, 47.56.790, and 47.56.880. WSR 15-24-123, § 468-305-560, filed 12/2/15, effective 1/2/16. Statutory Authority: RCW 46.63.160, 47.46.105, 47.56.010, 47.56.030(1), 47.56.070, 47.56.403, 47.56.785, 47.56.795. WSR 11-07-039, § 468-305-560, filed 3/14/11, effective 12/3/11 at 12:00 a.m. per WSR 11-24-042.]



468-305-570
When is payment due if I am found to have committed the toll violation?

If you have been issued a final order finding the toll violation was committed your payment of the NOCP is due within ten days of issuance. If you do not pay the violation a hold will be placed on your vehicle registration and the unpaid penalty will be transferred to a collections agency to collect payment.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 46.63.160, 47.46.105, 47.56.010, 47.56.030(1), 47.56.070, 47.56.403, 47.56.785, 47.56.795. WSR 11-07-039, § 468-305-570, filed 3/14/11, effective 12/3/11 at 12:00 a.m. per WSR 11-24-042.]



468-305-580
How do I find out if a hold has been placed on my vehicle registration renewal?

You can check with the department of licensing to find out if there is a hold on your vehicle registration renewal. To release the hold, you must pay your civil penalty to either the WSDOT toll enforcement office or, if the matter has been referred to a collection agency, to the collection agency.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 47.01.101(5), 46.63.160, 47.46.105, 47.56.785, 47.56.790, and 47.56.880. WSR 15-24-123, § 468-305-580, filed 12/2/15, effective 1/2/16. Statutory Authority: RCW 46.63.160, 47.46.105, 47.56.010, 47.56.030(1), 47.56.070, 47.56.403, 47.56.785, 47.56.795. WSR 11-07-039, § 468-305-580, filed 3/14/11, effective 12/3/11 at 12:00 a.m. per WSR 11-24-042.]



468-305-582
How do I pay amounts forwarded to a collection agency?

Once an unpaid civil penalty has been forwarded to a collection agency, you must contact the collection agency and pay them directly the civil penalty and fees owed.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 46.63.160, 47.46.105, 47.56.010, 47.56.030(1), 47.56.070, 47.56.403, 47.56.785, 47.56.795. WSR 11-07-039, § 468-305-582, filed 3/14/11, effective 12/3/11 at 12:00 a.m. per WSR 11-24-042.]