Something Else To Remember In November
I just received my Vehicle License Renewal Notice in the mail. When you get yours, you may want to read it over carefully to really understand what DOL is doing to you.
My renewal totals $108.00 and is broken down like this:
$3.00 Filing fee funds go to the county in which the fee is paid.
$58.00 Gross weight fee funds road, street, and highway maintenance and improvements.
$42.00 Personalized license plate fee provides funding for the Department of Fish and Wildlife.
$5.00 Service fee retained by subagent, or funds ferry replacement if renewed at County Auditor or DOL.
$108.00 Sub Total.
$5.00 Optional state parks donation.
Now, I don't know how long the $5 service fee has been in place, nor do I know when the State started keeping the $5 if you did not use a subagent to renew your license tabs. The subagents are often more convenient and $5 is not unreasonable for their service. However, the county already gets a $3 filing fee whether they process the renewal or not. So, if you don't use a subagent, such as Mountain View Licensing, the State collects $5 for each transaction to pay for ferries.
Even though I live here in Mason County, I do not use the ferries. People who live in Eastern Washington do not use the ferries but pay the same $5 per transaction. This means every vehicle, boat, boat trailer, RV, motorcycle, etc. in the entire state is assessed the extra $5 when their registration/license is renewed.
The bottom line is that this is a sneaky way to collect money from the people. I don't recall anyone in state government announcing this particular fee that is collected regardless of where you renew your licenses.
I for one would like to hear what our legislators in the 35th District have to say about this. Just something else to "Remember in November!
Richard Barnes, Shelton
May 28, 2015