Commercial Vehicle & Driver

The Washington State Patrol strives to make the state’s roadways the safest in the nation. Through education and enforcement, the agency aims to ensure compliance with commercial motor vehicle regulations in order to protect resources, prevent collisions, and save lives.

Commercial vehicles traveling across the state are required to have permits at the border. For more information, please visit our Ports of Entry page.


  • Tow Truck/Tow Yard Inspections

    The WSP conducts tow business and tow truck inspections on all Registered Tow Truck Operators (RTTO’s) in the state according to RCW 46.55. Business inspections include physical inspections of the office location as well as documents relating to the legal impound of vehicles. These documents include such things as authorization to impound vehicles, proper notification to the registered and legal owners, auction procedures and numerous other criteria. WSP also inspects the tow trucks used by RTTO’s to conduct business. At least 50% of each tow truck fleet is inspected using federally certified safety inspection procedures.

    Any tow truck/tow yard inspection questions may be directed to: Ms. Katarina Grinnell (360) 596-3809

  • Wrecking Yard Inspections

    The WSP inspects wrecking yards, scrap processors and hulk haulers across the state.  These inspections are mandated by RCW 46.80 and RCW 46.79.  These inspections include VIN verification and ownership document verification for all vehicles and/or parts that are transported to or processed by wrecking yards and scrap processors.

    The following legislative declaration outlines the reasons for this requirement: 46.80.005 – Legislative declaration – The legislature finds and declares that the distribution and sale of vehicle parts in the state of Washington vitally affects the general economy of the state and the public interest and the public welfare, and that in order to promote the public interest and the public welfare and in the exercise of its police power, it is necessary to regulate and license vehicle wreckers and dismantlers, the buyers-for-resale, and the sellers of secondhand vehicle components doing business in Washington, in order to prevent the sale of stolen vehicle parts, to prevent frauds, impositions, and other abuses, and to preserve the investments and properties of the citizens of this state.

    Any wrecking yard, scrap processor and/or hulk hauler inspection questions may be directed to: Ms. Katarina Grinnell (360) 596-3809

  • School Bus Inspections

    The Washington Administrative Code (WAC) mandates that the WSP inspect 100% of the school buses in Washington State every year during the summer and 25% of school buses during the winter.

    Any school bus related questions may be directed to: CVEO 4 Jeff Osberg (360) 596-3824

  • Limo inspections

    For assistance in scheduling a limousine inspection (other than King County), call the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement headquarters at (360) 596-3800.

    King County Limousine Inspections
    Effective January 3, 2012, limousine carriers based in King County will need to contact the City of Seattle to schedule a limousine inspection. To schedule a limo inspection, please see the City of Seattle’s Limo Inspections & Insurance Requirements webpage to learn how.

Tow Rates

Effective Dates: October 31, 2017 to October 15, 2018
Class A&D $175.00 Rotator $245.00
Class B $211.00 Rotator $295.00
Class B-2

For class B-2 trucks, the 30,000 lbs. Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) or more with air brakes rates applies only if the vehicle being towed has a GVWR between 26,000 lbs. and 33,000 lbs.

$284.00 Rotator $396.00
Class C $368.00 Rotator $515.00
Class S1 $615.00 40+Ton Rotator

Class E & S: Shall have a minimum rate appropriate for its GVWR and be consistent with the above schedule. For example, if an E or S class truck as a GVWR of 18,000 lbs or more, class B rates will apply if hauling class B loads, and class A rates apply if hauling class A loads.

Storage Rate: $43.00

Hourly Labor / After Hours Release: Extra employee or driver $88.00 (per hour). Based on one-half the current class A truck rate. Must have supporting documentation showing continuous employment.

Casual Labor: Charges based on cost (must have supporting documentation), plus 25 percent mark-up.

Auxiliary Equipment: Charges based upon actual cost of equipment (must have supporting receipt), plus 20 percent mark-up.

Handling and Disposing of Hazardous Materials: Charges based upon cost of handling and disposing (must have supporting documentation) plus 20 percent mark-up.

Extra Equipment/Manpower: Only the registered or legal owner of a vehicle or the officer in charge of the scene, where it is clearly apparent that additional manpower and/pr auxiliary equipment is needed, can authorize extra labor or equipment as outlined in WAC 204-91A-140(d).

Sergeant David DeVere
Washington State Patrol | Commercial Vehicle Division
Tow and Wrecking – Statewide Program Coordinator
Phone: (509) 543-3321

Tow Wrecking Complaint Form

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