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District 3· Frequently Asked Questions

If you do not find the answer you need, please check the State Patrol’s main FAQ page. If you still cannot find an answer, write to us at:

District 3
2715 Rudkin Road
Union Gap, WA 98903

Some questions may take ten business days to answer.

When do snow tires have to come off my car and when can I put them back on my car in the wintertime?

Only snow tires, or winter traction tires, equipped with studs must be removed during the year. Studded tires may be used between November 1 and March 31. Studded tires are illegal from April 1 through October 31 of each year unless the Washington State Department of Transportation determines a period of additional use is warranted.

Studded tires are not allowed on vehicles over 10,000 pounds gross vehicle weight. Studded tires are not a substitute for chains.

For more information, see our Traction Devices Web page.

What is a "winter traction tire?"

Tires that are labeled snow tire, all-season, all-weather, or studded (must be labeled M&S on the sidewall) qualify so long as they meet the standards set in WAC 204-24-040 Traction Devices. More information is available at the WSP traction tire page.

What is the phone number for road and weather pass conditions?

For Washington state road and travel conditions, you can dial 5-1-1 or our the DOT toll-free number at 1-800-695-7623. You can also go to the DOT travel conditions web page at

What is the current seat belt law?

An officer who observes an individual driving a motor vehicle and not wearing their seat belt can stop the individual and take enforcement.

For more information on child restraint and seat belt laws, see the Washington Seat Belt Laws on the main WSP FAQs page.

If I have a doctor's letter stating I am physically unable to wear a seat belt, will I get a ticket?

An occupant of a vehicle who has in their possession written verification from a physician indicating the individual is unable to wear a safety belt due to physical or medical reasons is exempt and will not receive a ticket.

What changes were made to the child restraint law?

Infants are to ride in rear-facing infant seats until they are 1 years old or weigh 20 pounds. Children 1 to 4 years old or weighing 40 pounds are to ride in forward-facing child car seats. Washington law requires a child who is less than 8 years of age or 4'9" tall (which ever comes first) be properly restrained in a child booster seat when both lap and shoulder belts are available.

For more information on child restraint and seat belt laws, see the Washington Seat Belt Laws on the main WSP FAQs page.

Where can I find the laws of the State of Washington on the Internet?

You can access the laws of the State of Washington (Revised Code of Washington) by going to:


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