House unanimously approves Rep. Dent’s bill to modify existing penalty structure for late aircraft registration

Legislation to modify the existing penalty structure for late aircraft registration was unanimously approved by the House Wednesday. House Bill 2413, sponsored by Rep. Tom Dent, would enable the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) to levy a single $100 penalty on individuals whose aircraft registrations were 60 days or more past due.

Currently, state law sets the following penalties for late registration:

  • 60 to 119 days past due, the penalty is $100;
  • 120 days to 180 days past due, the penalty is $200; and
  • 180 or more days past due, the penalty is $400.

Dent says he introduced the bill because those penalties can be excessive.

“It doesn't make sense for WSDOT to fine Washingtonians upwards of $400 for being late in paying their $65 combined annual aircraft registration and excise tax fee,” said Dent, R-Moses Lake. “This bill still holds people accountable, but not in a way that's excessive.”

House Bill 2413 now moves to the Senate for further consideration.

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