Sequim Police Department advises residents that recent flyers showing up on out-of-state vehicles aren’t coming from them.
Police Chief Sheri Crain said tracking down the person or persons circulating the laminated documents is a low priority for officers.
The document reads:
“Welcome to Washington. If you have any type of residence here, Apartment, condo, RV, or home, Washington residents must obtain driver’s & vehicle licenses within 30 days. Residents who license out-of-state are subject to 365 days in jail. RCW 46.16A.030(6); Minimum fine is $1,529.00; cannot be waived or suspended. Penalty increases for subsiquent (sic) violations. Vehicle licensing in Sequim: 649 West Washington, 9 to 5, M-F. 360 683 8375. Vehicle licensing in Port Angeles: County Courthouse 223 East 4th, Driver’s Licensing: 228 West 1st (Basement), Port Angeles.”
With the high number of visitors to Sequim, Crain said, people in violation of this are a low priority.
“I can think of a dozen reasons why someone from out-of-state would be here,” Crain said.
“This is certainly a town with a lot of retirees who come and visit or caretake and we have so many tourists and a lot of people in the military here who by law don’t have to change their license plate.”
One similar incident more than a year ago resulted in a charge for malicious mischief where a Sequim man placed stickers on out-of-state vehicles with similar messaging as the current note.
Crain said it may or may not be this same person, but officers are not looking to track this current person or persons down because he/she/they are not causing harm or damage with the laminated notes left on windshields.
Crain also said having an out-of-state license plate cannot be a primary reason for a traffic stop, but it can be followed up with another potential infraction.
The City of Sequim does require peddlers and solicitors of a civic and/or political nature canvassing to notify the planning department or code compliance officer that the organization will be canvassing or soliciting within the city limits. They must also provide the planning department or code compliance officer with a copy of the organization’s nonprofit certification and state charitable solicitation organization registration.
Sequim Police officials advise residents should be aware of state licensing requirements and contact the Washington State Department of Licensing directly for information through www.dol.wa.gov. Contact the Sequim Police Department at 360-683-7227 with questions.