SHB 1790 Temporary License Plates - Changes to E-Permitting, Effective Date June 29, 2023

From the Department of Licensing: New information about important changes to E-permitting and replacing dealer temporary permits with temporary license plates:

Important Dates

  • June 29, 2023 – Temporary license plates will replace temporary permits generated in the e-permitting system.
  • July 14, 2023 – Last day to issue existing paper dealer temporary permits.
  • July 15, 2023 – Last day to assign paper permits to a vehicle transaction.
  • September 1, 2023 – All dealer temporary permits remaining on a vehicle are considered invalid.

The existing e-permitting system will begin issuing the new temporary license plates on June 29, 2023. There is no workaround, manual process, or alternate method to generate temporary permits in the e-permitting system on or after this date. Any unused paper dealer temporary permits in a dealer’s possession may be issued for valid purposes until 11:59pm PST on July 14, 2023, and are required to be registered in the system within 24 hours. Paper dealer temporary permits still affixed to a vehicle on September 1, 2023, will be deemed invalid.

This statewide change is a new process for all vehicle dealers, county auditors and sub-agents. Required customer fees remain the same.

Temporary License Plate Requirements and Process Changes
Temporary license plates must be printed on durable paper (remain unaltered in field conditions for a minimum of four months). Customers will receive up to two temporary license plates – one for the front and one for the back, dependent on standard vehicle plating requirements – and are placed outside the vehicle where permanent plates will be located.

To replace the previous paper dealer temporary permits (that were filled out by hand), a new “Unassigned temporary license plate” will be available through e-permitting. These plates are intended to be generated and printed in advance and must be filled out when placed on a vehicle. Unassigned temporary license plates must be registered with DOL within 24 hours of issuance to a vehicle. Unassigned temporary license plates are to be printed on the same durable paper to meet the statute requirements.

Additional Information:

  • Printing new temporary license plates will be through the e-permitting system, as it is today.
  • Unused existing e-permitting credits will be retained in the dealer’s account and may be used for the new temporary license plate beginning June 29, 2023.
  • Unassigned temporary license plates will also be made available to purchase and print through e-permitting, and do not require a vehicle transaction to obtain.
  • Similar to dealer license plates, unassigned temporary license plates will be available in limited quantities. Information on how to request a higher limit will be provided at a later date.
  • New online self-service purchasing of e-permitting credits and unassigned temporary license plates will be available at launch inside the e-permitting system. Please note: this is a new feature being added – you will still be able to purchase and add credits to e-permitting at your local licensing office, but using the online self-service is preferred.
  • DOL does not currently recommend any specific paper or ink supplier or product. Relyco was selected for DOL’s initial paper supply, but dealers are free to use any supplier that can meet durability and printing requirements.

Paper and Ink requirements:

  • Paper should be manufactured and sold specifically for the purpose of temporary license plates.
  • 8.5” x 11” size (Full-size plate will be 6” x 11” with a 2.5” x 11” tear-off containing additional information.)
  • White stock (matte finish preferred, but not required.)
  • Prior to printing, sheets should be blank, no security features required.
  • Ink should be indelible when printed on the temporary license plate paper stock and of a quality to withstand prolonged exposure to weather.

Vehicle dealerships are encouraged to secure paper stock as soon as possible.

From IDEA:
We have compiled a list of paper supply vendors and our list can be accessed here: Temporary License Plate Paper Supply Vendors.

The Department of Licensing will be offering training for dealerships and vehicle licensing offices and recordings of the training will be made available once completed. You are also encouraged to sign up for email alerts from the Department of Licensing to receive rule change updates. You can sign up here: Listserv Vehicle & Vessel Rulemaking.

For questions, please give us a call at (509) 220-5530 or you can email the Department of Licensing directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

SHB 1790 Temporary License Plates - Paper Supply Vendors

We have compiled a list of paper products that will work with the requirements for the new temporary license plates that will go into effect on June 29, 2023.

The Department of Licensing is NOT requiring dealers to purchase the paper products from one specific vendor (business, supplier, or association) and there are multiple vendors that can provide the paper stock that satisfies the statutory and printing requirements.

The paper requirements include:

  • 8.5” x 11” size (full-size plate will be 6” x 11” with a 2.5” x 11” perforated tear-off that will contain additional information)
  • White paper stock
  • Sheets should come blank (no security features required)
  • Paper must remain unaltered by weather conditions (no fading, no ripping, water resistant, heat and cold resistant)

While the regulation allows for paper that can be printed on laser or inkjet printers, the below paper products will only work with laser printers. Here are some vendors that offer the temporary license plate paper:

Regardless of which vendor you choose for your paper supply, you are required to ensure the durability and display requirements can be met.

In our communication with the DOL, they are working on addressing some of the questions and concerns related to these new temporary license plates. We will pass along the information when we know more.

SHB 1790: Replacing Temporary Permits with Temporary License Plates - Effective June 29, 2023

SHB 1790 was passed by the WA State Legislature during the 2022 legislative session. This bill replaces temporary permits, including dealer temporary permits, with temporary license plates. These new temporary license plates must be printed on durable paper material using a laser or inkjet printer and they must be displayed on the vehicle in the same manner as permanent license plates, on both the front and back of the vehicle.

Beginning on June 29, 2023, all dealers will be required to print these new temporary license plates through the E-services system. This is the same system that you use to print the E-permits now. Any outstanding E-permits will be retained in the dealer's account and may be used for the temporary license plates starting on July 1st. Additional temporary plates will be purchased through your local DOL subagent, just as you do with the E-permits.

The DOL recommends that dealers should secure the paper material as soon as possible in case of supply chain issues that might make it difficult to order and receive the paper by June 29th. There are multiple vendors that can provide the paper stock that satisfy the statutory and printing requirements. Currently, the DOL is not certifying any specific vendor or paper product as being acceptable. The DOL has contracted with Relyco for it's own initial supply.

The DOL states that the paper requirements must include:

  • 8.5” x 11” size (full-size plate will be 6” x 11” with a 2.5” x 11” tear-off containing additional information.)
  • White stock (matte finish preferred, but not required.)
  • Sheets should come blank, no security features required.

Perforation locations are being finalized and will be shared by the DOL when available. The paper shall remain unaltered by field conditions with no fading, no ripping, and be water, heat and cold resistant while affixed to the vehicle.

We will be gathering a list of paper products that will comply with the requirements and post those on our website soon.

If you have any questions, please email the DOL at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or give us a call or send us an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

FTC Extends Deadline for Compliance with the New Safeguards Rule Provisions to June 9, 2023

The FTC reviewed their Safeguards Rule in 2021 and determined that it needed updating to be effective and relevant to how businesses safeguard their customers' sensitive information. Due to staffing shortages and supply chain issues, the FTC extended the deadline for the amended provisions to June 9, 2023.

The Safeguards Rule requires non-banking financial institutions to ensure the privacy of sensitive customer information. The phrase "financial institutions" includes auto dealers and any business that engages in financial-related activities. These businesses are required under the Safeguards Rule to establish a written information security program outlining their methods for protecting consumer data.

The extended deadline applies only to certain provisions of the revised Rule. Those provisions that have an extension include:

  • Designating a qualified person to oversee their information security program.
  • Developing a written risk assessment.
  • Limiting and monitoring who can access sensitive customer information.
  • Encrypting all sensitive information.
  • Training security personnel.
  • Developing an incident response plan.
  • Periodically assessing the security practices of service providers.
  • Implementing multi-factor authentication or another method with equivalent protection for anyone accessing customer information.

For more information on the details of what is required for complying with the updated provisions, visit FTC Safeguards Rule: What Your Business Needs to Know.

DOR Excise Tax Advisory on Retail Sales & Use Tax on Goodwill Vehicle Repairs

The Department of Revenue issued an Excise Tax Authority (ETA) for guidance on how Washington's retail sales & use tax laws apply to "goodwill repairs" that are performed by dealers.

The Department of Revenue defines goodwill repairs to mean "repairs or services performed on a vehicle by a dealer or manufacturer when those repairs or services are not covered by any warranty." Usually these types of repairs often have no contractual obligation and are authorized at the sole discretion of the dealer or manufacturer and the repair is free of charge.

When a goodwill repair is done on a vehicle, the customer does not owe retail sales tax on the repair because there is no sale being made to the customer since the repair is being made free of charge; however, there may be retail sales or use tax due by the dealer or manufacturer.

If a dealer provides a goodwill repair to a customer's vehicle, there is no retail sales tax due by the customer but the dealer does owe use tax on the value of the parts used to perform the repair if those parts were purchased with a reseller permit and no sales tax was paid by the dealer at the time of purchase for those parts. However, no use tax is due on labor the dealer provides to make the repair.

We reached out to the Department of Revenue for clarification on how this ETA applies in the situation where, as part of the condition of a retail vehicle sale, an independent motor vehicle dealer promises to make a repair on the vehicle a purchaser is buying from the dealer, and the promise to repair is done on the Due Bill form at time of vehicle purchase and, as negotiated at the time of vehicle purchase, the repair will be performed at a later date after the vehicle purchase and will be free of charge.

The Department of Revenue's response: Since the 'Due Bill' for repairs was negotiated at the time of sale as a condition of the sale, the parts the dealer pulled from their inventory in this situation are not subject to use tax. The fact that the repair is actually done at a later date, does not affect this. However, if the repairs were negotiated independently from the purchase of the vehicle, then the dealer would be subject to use tax on the parts pulled from their inventory.

The ETA also gives guidance to dealers when the goodwill repair is authorized by the manufacturer and completed by the dealer. The dealer may have obligations for collecting or owing retail sales or use tax in these situations.

The response we received from the Department of Revenue is not binding to any one specific dealer. If you would like a binding tax ruling on this specific situation for your dealership or if you would like a binding tax ruling on any question or issue you may have, visit Request a Tax Ruling.

For more information about this ETA, please visit Department of Revenue's ETA 3228.2021 Retail Sales and Use Tax on Goodwill Vehicle Repairs.Link opens in an external PDF document