Rep. Mark Harmsworth’s statement on helping vehicle owners reduce inflated MSRP vehicle values for licensing fees

Several residents in Pierce, King and Snohomish counties are facing big increases in their licensing fees as the Sound Transit 3 taxes are implemented. 44th District Rep. Mark Harmsworth would like to share information on how owners experiencing this issue can appeal erroneous vehicle licensing fees.

“I’ve received numerous calls, texts and emails about this issue. 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.”

If you have proof, or believe, the MSRP of your vehicle is off, Sound Transit taxpayers can call 360-902-3770, or email 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.


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