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Tulalip Tribes of Washington Codes and Regulations

Amended: 2004

Ordinance 121 - Tulalip Government Motor Vehicle Licensing and Registration


1. Exclusive License and Registration

Notwithstanding any other section of this Code, all motor vehicles of any sort, type, or kind, or any trailer, wagon, or motor drawn vehicle owned, rented or leased by the Government of the Tulalip Tribes and operated in the service of the Tulalip Tribes or any governmentally operated enterprise, political subdivision, or endeavor of the Tulalip Tribal Government, shall be licensed and registered exclusively by the Tulalip Tribes, pursuant to this section. This Ordinance shall be considered an election under the Revised Code of Washington §46.16.020 and 46.16.022.


2. License and Registration Required

All vehicles described in the preceding section of the Tulalip Tribal Code shall display at all times proper Tulalip Tribal numbered license plates and shall carry within the vehicle a proper Tulalip Tribal registration certificate.


3. Information Required

The Tulalip Tribal Government vehicle registration certificate shall contain the following information:

a. Name and address of the owner, and if applicable, renter or lessee, of the vehicle; and a statement of the nature and character of the ownership of the vehicles including any encumbrances or liens against the vehicle;

b. Trade name of the vehicle, model, year, type of body, the motor number or identification number thereof if the vehicle is a motor vehicle, or the serial number thereof, if such vehicle is a trailer or other vehicle;

c. The power to be used, whether electric, steam, gas or other power;

d. The weight of such vehicle which shall be the shipping weight as given by the manufacturer, except that when said vehicle has been substantially modified in size and bulk, a weight slip shall be obtained from a certified weighmaster showing the modified weight and that modified weight shall be reported on the registration certificate;

e. Any other information that the Tulalip Tribes may require.


4. Records Maintained

Records on all vehicles licensed pursuant to this section including all information required by section 3 shall be maintained as public record at the Tulalip Tribal Office, 6700 Totem Beach Road, Tulalip Indian Reservation, Tulalip, Washington.


5. Reciprocity, Exemptions

Motor vehicles properly licensed and registered pursuant to the laws of any nation, Indian tribe or nation, state, foreign country, territory or federal district shall be required to display a current Tulalip Tribal vehicle license tag while being operated on any road subject to the jurisdiction of the Tulalip Tribes; provided, motor vehicles owned and operated by Tulalip Tribal members, Indians holding trust allotments on the Tulalip Reservation, employees of the Bureau of Indian Affairs and Tulalip Tribes, persons having their primary residence on the Tulalip Indian Reservation, and vehicles making deliveries of goods and services to residents of the Tulalip Indian Reservation, and to the Tulalip Tribes, shall not be required to display a Tulalip Tribal license tag when traveling on roads subject to the jurisdiction of the Tulalip Tribes. Provided further, that motor vehicles properly licensed and registered pursuant to the laws of any nation, Indian tribe or nation, state, foreign country, territory, or federal district, which grants to the vehicles owned and operated by the Tulalip Tribal Government, and registered and licensed pursuant to this section, the rights and privileges normally accorded to publicly owned and operated motor vehicles or non-resident motor vehicles by the laws of that nation, Indian tribe or nation, state, foreign country, territory, or federal district, shall not be required to display a Tulalip Tribal vehicle license tag when traveling upon roads subject to the jurisdiction of the Tulalip Tribes.


6. Fees, Exemptions

Tulalip Tribal motor vehicle license tags may be obtained from the Tulalip Tax and Licensing Division at the Tulalip Tribal Offices. The cost of the license tag shall be $50.00 per year. No fee will be charged for a license tag required to be displayed on motor vehicles owned and operated by Tulalip Tribes.


7. Penalty

Failure to obtain the display of a tribal vehicle license tag when required by this section shall be an offense against the Tulalip Tribes and shall be subject to the imposition of a civil penalty of $150.00 for each offense to pay for civil enforcement.


8. Temporary Tags

Temporary tribal motor vehicle license tags may be issued for periods of not longer than thirty (30) days. Fees for temporary license tags shall be determined by the tax and licensing division of the Tulalip Tribes.


9. Display Instructions

Tribal motor vehicle license tags shall be displayed, when required, on the vehicle in the manner required by instructions printed on the tag.

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