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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Several residents in Pierce, King and Snohomish counties are facing big increases in their licensing fees as the Sound Transit 3 taxes are implemented. I’ve received numerous calls, texts and emails about this issue. Owners experiencing problems can appeal erroneous vehicle licensing fees.

If you have discovered the Manufacturers Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) value used by the Washington Department of Licensing (DOL) is too high, there is a procedure available to appeal the valuation. DOL has assured me a team of people is standing by to help vehicle owners whose car values were set incorrectly.

Sound Transit taxpayers can call 360-902-3770, or email CustomerCare@dol.wa.gov, if they have proof, or believe, the MSRP of their vehicle is off. According to DOL, there are a narrow number of vehicles that could have an inaccurate MSRP. The majority of the variances are the result of new vehicles being titled prior to the official manufacturer MSRP being released, and car dealers or auto licensing offices assigning an MSRP based on purchase price.

If you have any questions about this or other issues, please feel free to call my office (360) 786-7892, or send me an email at mark.harmsworth@leg.wa.gov



Mark Harmsworth

State Representative Mark Harmsworth, 44th Legislative District
466 John L. O'Brien Building | P.O. Box 40600 | Olympia, WA 98504-0600
(360) 786-7892 | Toll-free: (800) 562-6000