Code of Ethics

Independent Licensing SubAgents of Washington

I believe in the licensing business and its future, and the private licensing agent is the instrument through which licensing reaches its maximum benefits to the public and attains its most efficient distribution of services.

I will do my part to uphold and build the private independent licensing system which has developed licensing services to its present fundamental place in the State of Washington. To my fellow members of the Washington Association of Vehicle Subagents, I pledge myself always to support right principles and oppose bad practices in the business.

I believe that these three have their distinct rights in our business: first, the public; second, the government agencies; and third, the private independent licensing agents: and that the interests of the public are paramount.

To the Public

I regard the licensing business to be an honorable occupation and believe that it affords me a distinct opportunity to serve our community.

I will strive to render the full measure of service that would be expected from a private independent licensing agent.

I will analyze the licensing needs of my customers, and to the best of my ability, service those licensing needs.

I will endeavor to provide the public with a better understanding of licensing procedures.

To the Governmental Agencies

I respect the authority vested in me to act on your behalf.

I will use care in licensing procedures, and do my utmost to merit the confidence of the governmental agencies by following all directives mandated. I will strive to provide a well-trained, professional staff that will reflect a positive public image.

To Fellow Private Independent Licensing Agents

I pledge myself to maintain friendly relations with other agencies in my community.

I will compete with them on an honorable and fair basis; make no false statements, nor any misrepresentation or omission of facts.

I will adhere to a strict observance of all licensing laws and terms of our contract relative to the conduct of my business.


September 21, 2017

RE:WAVS Legislative Session Recap, Preview, and Membership Survey

Hello Fellow Subagents,

During the 2017 session, WAVS initially sought a fee increase bill that would raise title fees to $18.00 and non-title fees to $9.00. Although we found a House sponsor, it quickly became clear the bill did not have the support to move forward. The Board debated options such as continuing to push a bill we knew wouldn’t pass, asking for a smaller increase, and a new concept of collecting both a title and non-title fee on a transfer with license, as the Auditors do. Although this would not be a perfect solution for all transactions, it would affect an average of 35% of transactions and provide some much-needed relief. Throughout the session, we worked hard to build support for this bill. In the end, it was not unwillingness of individual legislators but the overall view of Democratic House and Republican Senate Leadership that prevented our bill from moving forward.


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