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DOL Driver Licensing
Location214 S. Kelso DriveKelso, WA 98626
HoursMonday: ClosedTuesday: 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.Wednesday: 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.Thursday: 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.Saturday: 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.Sunday: Closed Locate Washington Driver Licensing Offices
You should file a report of sale within 5 days from the date your vehicle was:
•Sold ?Privately ?On consignment ?Out of state (use the Washington plate number) •Given away (gifted) •Traded to a private party or dealer •Donated •Given to a wrecking yard •Turned over to an insurance company •Disposed of
File a Vehicle Report of Sale online, or in person at a vehicle licensing office (service fees may apply). Report of Sale
How to Register Your Vehicle You may title and register your vehicle in Washington State by mail or in person at a local vehicle licensing office.
Obtaining your Washington License
By law, you have 30 days to get your Washington driver license once you establish residency in Washington State.
How to establish residency in Washington
You’re considered a Washington resident when you do any of the following:•Arrive and begin establishing a home in Washington •Register to vote •Receive state benefits •Get any Washington State license at resident rates •Receive in-state tuition fees
Register to Vote
Register to vote online at the Secretary of State website or complete a voter registration form at any driver licensing office.
You can register to vote if you are:•A citizen of the United States;•A legal resident of Washington State; •At least 18 years old by Election Day;•Not under the authority of the Department of Corrections; and•Not disqualified from voting due to a court order. New to Washington
State law requires the Assessor to value property at 100 percent of its true and fair market value in money, according to the highest and best use of the property. Market value is the amount of money a willing and un-obligated buyer is willing to pay a willing and un-obligated seller.
Specialists from Building, Planning, and Environmental Health are available to help you determine what permitting will be required for your project or if you may have an exemption.
Subdivisions can generally be grouped into two categories: administrative subdivisions and subdivisions requiring public hearings. Administrative subdivisions do not require public hearings or public notification, and are generally administered by county staff. Conditions placed on the proposal are drawn from relevant county codes.
Subdivisions requiring public hearings also involve staff recommendations, but ultimately the conditions placed on the subdivision are approved by the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC). The process includes staff analysis of relevant county codes, SEPA review, a public hearing, and recommendations from the Planning Commission before it is sent to the BOCC.
Administrative subdivisions are the most common form of subdivision in our County, and include:
Short Subdivisions - The division or redivision of land into 4 or fewer parcels, any of which is less than 5 acres in size (CCC 18.34).
Large Lot Subdivisions - A division or redivision of land where each lot is greater than 5 acres in size and any one is less than 10 acres in size (CCC 18.38).
Subdivisions requiring public hearings are generally known as “Long Plats.” Though less common, they typically involve significantly more lots than administrative subdivisions. They include:
Rural Subdivisions - Divisions of land containing 5 or more proposed lots, and are located in an area designated “Rural” by the Comprehensive Plan and/or Land Use Ordinance (CCC 18.50).
Urban Subdivision - Divisions of land containing 5 or more proposed lots, and are located in an area designated “Urban” by the Comprehensive Plan and/or Land Use Ordinance (CCC 18.32).
Planned Unit Developments - A type of subdivision characterized by a unified site design, clustering of buildings, common open space, density increases, and a mix of land uses and building types (CCC 18.30).
Death certificates may also be obtained from the Cowlitz County Department of Vital Statistics located in the Cowlitz County Health Department.
You are urged to read the FAQ on what items you may send an inmate. Letters sent in a plain envelope with no stickers except a stamp, written on plain white paper with non-gel pen is preferred.
This system has the ability to automatically record telephone conversations. All parties involved are advised prior to the call acceptance that their conversation will be recorded.
Inmates are now able to be left voice-mail messages. These messages are subject to a fee of $1.99 per message up to 45 seconds in length. Set up a phone account to leave voice-mails by calling: 360-355-3331.
Inmates have daily access to phones that allow them to place calls and check for voice-mail. Jail staff will not pass notes or messages to inmates.
Money on an inmate account can be applied to a "phone debit" that is used like a phone card, which will allow them to make non-collect phone calls. If the inmate is indigent, only collect phone calls are available. Typically, cell phones are unable to receive collect phone calls.
Set up a phone account by calling: 360-355-3331
For more information please contact:Friends & Family Support - Correctional Billing ServicesConsumer Customer Sales and Support1-800-844-6591E-mail: Customer_service@correctionalbillingservices.com
1. Items that can be purchased on commissary (blank paper, envelopes, pens, blank cards, phone cards) 2. Stamps 3. Unknown substances on paper, envelopes, or photos 4. Lipstick, perfume, cologne, or scented items 5. Stickers, tape, post-it notes, labels, glitter (including glitter pens), glued on items, white- out, paint 6. String, ribbon, confetti 7. Musical cards 8. Plastic, laminated items, metal objects 9. Cardboard, construction paper, cardstock 10. Polaroid pictures 11. Sexually explicit photos or materials, including nude/semi-nude photos 12. Pages torn out of books, catalogs, or magazines 13. Food items 14. Tobacco products 15. Clothing 16. Books, magazines, or newspapers not sent directly from the publisher, book club, or recognized internet bookseller. Any books that come in from an unauthorized source will be returned to sender. 17. Hardbound books 18. ANY Used books * 19. Gang related material 20. Racist or other inflammatory materials (advocating ridicule or scorn of any ethnic, racial, religious, or other group) 21. Inmate to inmate mail 22. Personal/Payroll checks 23. Any other non-listed item that is deemed a security threat. A best practice for jail correspondence is to use plain white paper with plain pen or pencil, mailed inside a plain white envelope.
*The Jail used to accept used books from online resellers, but we no longer accept any used books under any circumstance, and regardless of origin.
**Orders placed Sunday will be recieved THAT Wednesday.**Orders placed on a Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday will be recieved THE FOLLOWING Wednesday.
In some cases, when found guilty, bail paid may be applied to fines and/or court costs incurred.
Bail bond companies are privately owned companies not affiliated with the jail.
As a general rule, new misdemeanor crimes are initially set at $500 bail, and new gross misdemeanors are $1,000 bail. Warrants for non-felony charges often have no bail set until after the first appearance in court.
Felony crimes are set by a judge and vary greatly depending on many factors.
Misdemeanor Court Clerk: (360) 577-3073Felony Court Clerk: (360) 577-3017 After hours the jail will take cash bail.
The jail does not take checks and will need the exact amount of bail.We have no mechanism to make change and cannot do so under any circumstance.
As a general rule, Misdemeanor crimes are set at $500 bail, and Gross misdemeanors are $1,000 bail.
We will NOT accept personal checks, Cashiers Checks, or Money Orders. Sorry for the inconvenience.
Felony Court Days:Mondays & Fridays - NoonTuesdays & Thursdays - 8amWednesdays - 11:30amWeekends: No Court occurs on the Weekends, so bonds are able to be posted at any time.
Medical Co-Pay Program
A $10.00 Medical Co-Pay is an Administrative fee charged to all inmates seen by medical staff and for each prescription written or refilled. This fee was implemented to help defray the overall rising cost of the Jail medical care program.
A computerized system allows the Jail to maintain a history of balances due on medical/dental visits, and prescriptions written or refilled for each offender. This history allows the County to collect for those services rendered as money is received on an offender's account or if they are released from custody and return at a future date.
As per the National Standards, any inmate needing medical or dental care is not denied this attention due to lack of funds.
Once all upgrades are complete, InmateCanteen.com is the website used by TurnKey Corrections to allow family and friends to easily add funds to inmate accounts.
Programs range from weekly bible study, Sunday worship services, Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, Narcotics Anonymous meetings and crisis counseling.
These volunteers provide an invaluable service to the Jail and the community. They freely provide spiritual as well as emotional counseling on a weekly basis. Currently there are over 100 active dedicated volunteers.
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer at Cowlitz County Jail, please fill out and return our Contract Employee & Volunteer Background Statement.
Your criminal conduct must be caused by alcoholism, drug addiction, or mental problems; you must need treatment; and there must be a great probability that the criminal conduct will be repeated if you don't receive treatment.
You must get an evaluation that shows that: (1) you do suffer from one of the above problems; (2) the problem is such that if not treated there's a great probability that similar misconduct will occur in the future, (3) extensive and long term treatment is required; (4) effective treatment for your problem is available; and (5) you are amenable to treatment.
You must sincerely believe you are innocent.
You must not sincerely believe that you do not, in fact, suffer from alcoholism, drug addiction, or mental problems.
You must commit to a two-year treatment program.
You must not have been on deferred prosecution before.
You must give up: your right to testify; your right to a speedy trial; your right to call witnesses to testify; your right to present evidence in your defense; and your right to a jury trial.
You must agree that, if you are removed from deferred prosecution, your trial will consist of the judge reading the police report and your statements in the deferred prosecution petition.
If you want to request deferred prosecution, you should tell the judge when your case is called. You'll be required to come back with a written evaluation. If that qualifies you for deferred prosecution, the court will schedule a final hearing to place you on the program. You must complete at least one month of treatment before being placed.
You are responsible to make the financial arrangements for your treatment. Public funding for treatment is available in certain cases. You'll be on probation through the Cowlitz County Probation Department, and you'll be required to pay monthly probation fees. Once you complete your two-year treatment program, you'll remain on probation for another three years before the charge can be dismissed.
If you are charged with DUI or Physical Control, the Department of Licensing may notify you that it intends to suspend your driver's license because your BAC result was .08 or higher. If you petition for deferred prosecution, the court may direct the Department to put the suspension of your license on hold for up to 90 days. If the court then grants your petition, the suspension of your license will remain on hold while you're on deferred prosecution. However, if you refused the BAC test, petitioning for deferred prosecution will have no effect on any suspension of your license by the Department of Licensing.
This isn't a complete explanation of deferred prosecution. You should seek the advice of a lawyer. If you can't afford a lawyer, you should ask the judge to appoint one for you.
First, your driver's license or privilege is suspended in the third degree.
Second, you don't want to contest the pending DWLS charge.
Third, you want help to get your driver's license.
For most people, the first step will be to fill out a "Reinstatement Plan." This will list all the things you need to do to get your license, such as:
*Getting alcohol treatment
*Getting clearance from another state
*Getting SR-22 insurance
*Settling an uninsured accident
*Passing the written and driving tests
*The "Reinstatement Plan" also needs to show how and when you will complete the steps to get your license.
After you prepare your reinstatement plan it must be approved by the judge. Then you and the judge will talk about how much time you'll need to do all of those things. The judge will then set a time for you to come back and show your license, or at least report on your progress.
The amount of time you are given to get your license will depend on the circumstances of your case. The judges do want to see you get your license. They expect you to work hard at it, and will give you a reasonable amount of time to do so.
If your local fines have been assigned to a collection agency this program can help. If you owe more that $500 to one of this court's collection agencies, the judge can allow you to sign a new collections agreement that's only available for people in the DWLS Reinstatement Program. This new agreement includes the following important provisions:
You make monthly payments on the original amount of the fines
The collection agency fee is reduced to 20%
All interest on your fines is cancelled if you make your payments
Once you sign the agreement, the Court will release the hold on your license for those fines. You'll be able to get your license right away, so long as you don't have anything else holding you up.
If you would like to work off your fines instead of making payments that is a possibility. The judge can allow you to sign a collections agreement where you pay a reduced collection agency fee of 20%, and then work off the fines themselves on community service or the work crew.
If you owe fines in other courts you have to make payment arrangements with the other courts.
If you violate the requirements of this program you will be removed from the program. The judge will review the police report and your driving record, and decide whether you're guilty of the DWLS charge. If you're found guilty, the judge will sentence you.
If you are removed from the program you do not have the right to be on it again. It's a one-time-only opportunity for people who want to obey the rules, get their license, and be responsible.
When you get your license the pending DWLS charge will be amended to a traffic infraction of No Valid Operators License 2°, with a $200 fine.
If you want to discuss your case with an attorney before deciding whether to apply for the DWLS Reinstatement Program, you can certainly do that. The court will appoint one for you if your are indigent. You must tell the court by the time of your pre-trial hearing whether you want to apply for the program.
If you wish to sign up for this program the judge will have you sign the petition and the rules of the program. Then the judge signs an order officially placing you on the program.
If you do not have a pending DWLS charge you can still participate in this program. If you have local fines that have been turned over to collections, you can ask the court to be in the program to help you pay those fines and get reinstated.
Yes. The program has enforcement powers and the inspectors can issue landowners an infraction ticket if the noxious weeds are not controlled once you are sent a violation letter.
All crime reports should be made to the law enforcement agency that has jurisdiction over the city or county area where the crime occurred. For example, if your house was burglarized in the city limits of Longview, the Longview Police Department has jurisdiction. If your house is outside city limits in the unincorporated areas of Cowlitz County, the Cowlitz County Sheriff’s office has jurisdiction.
For emergency calls where the crime is in progress call 911.
To report a non-emergent crime that has already occurred, please call the law enforcement agency where the crime occurred. If not known then call (360) 577-3090 or (360) 577-3098.
If you are a victim or a witness of a crime, you may have to testify in court. However, many cases resolve without actually going to trial. If this happens, you will not be required to testify, as there will not be a trial. If you have concerns about testifying, contact a victim/witness provider in our office at (360) 577-3080.
If you have medical bills or funeral expenses resulting from a crime, Crime Victim's Compensation may cover expenses not covered by your insurance company, including deductibles and copays. Generally speaking, you are responsible to pay most other bills. If a defendant is found guilty, he or she could be ordered to pay restitution to you and/or your insurance company. In order to have restitution ordered, you must provide the office with a summary and receipts for your losses. You can always contact our victim service providers for more information as to restitution at (360) 577-3080. Click here to view the State website and for more information: Crime Victim's Compensation
If an attorney or investigator is contacting you, they most likely work for the defense. You have the right to speak with them or to decline to speak with them. If you would like us to set up and/or attend the interview with you, you can let the person contacting you know this, or you can contact our office at (360) 577-3080 and let us contact them. You never have to speak with someone simply because they show up at your home/work or call you. Victims and witnesses often feel pressured to talk immediately, but you get to decide when and where an interview may take place and we can help with that.
There are two methods. The first and best is to register through the Washington Statewide Victim Information and Notification Service. You can register online or by phone. To register online, go to www.vinelink.com and click on Washington State. Follow the directions. To register by phone, call 1-877-846-3492. The other method is to contact the Cowlitz County Prosecutor’s office and request to speak to an advocate and they can notify the jail on your behalf. You will not be notified unless you register through one of these methods. There is no automatic notification unless you register.
Click here to go directly to the vinelink website: VINELink
If you are a witness to a crime and you must appear at trial, you will receive a subpoena from the Cowlitz County Prosecuting Attorney or another attorney in the case. The subpoena should state where and when you must appear. When you are subpoenaed for a Superior, District or Juvenile Court trial, you can check the day before trial by calling (360) 414-5505 after 5:00 PM to see what trials are scheduled for the following day. Questions about subpoenas can be answered during regular business hours, 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM, Monday - Friday, by calling our office: (360) 577-3080.
- Cowlitz-Wahkiakum Council of Governments (CWCOG)- City of Kelso- City of Longview- Cowlitz County- Cowlitz Economic Development Council (CEDC)- Port of Longview- Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT)
The CWCOG is leading the partnership while working closely with WSDOT, the Federal Highway Administration, other regulatory agencies, BNSF Railway, and the public.
Additional public meetings will be held as the project moves forward. The project website will provide the latest available information. To sign up for the project mailing list please click here.
Phase I of the SR 432 Rail Realignment and Highway Improvements Project is a public works project that is evaluating how to improve the entire road and rail system function of the SR 432 corridor from where it connects at I-5 out to the Port of Longview's Barlow Point property. While the SR 432 Rail Realignment and Highway Improvements Project will take potential future operations at the Millennium Bulk Terminals and Port of Longview's Barlow Point sites into account during the study, the project will continue to move forward regardless of whether Millennium Bulk Terminal's facilities receive permits for construction. The project will accommodate freight and transportation serving properties along its length.
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There are many levels of complexity associated with stormwater permits. A single family home generally must meet "minimum requirements” while a commercial or industrial development, will need to complete a full engineering report or plan.
When you have completed the application, Public Works will review it. Once the application has been reviewed and approved, you will take it back to Building and Planning and the Building and Planning application process will proceed.
If the flow Chart indicated "All Minimum Requirements" apply, a professional engineer is required to design a Stormwater Plan in accordance with the Cowlitz County Stormwater Manual.
You will need to call the Cowlitz County Department of Public Works with an effective move out date. A final bill will be issued through that date. If a deposit is still on your account, it will be refunded at that time, as a credit against any remaining charges on the account.
Cowlitz County residents living in Cowlitz County or outside Washington state may apply for a Concealed Pistol License (CPL) at the Sheriff's Office Monday through Friday, between 8:30am and 5pm, excluding holidays. The fee is $49.25 payable in cash or check only.
You may come into the Sheriff’s Office to have civil papers served. Fees start at $40 cash for a single document and go up from there. Please bring in the paperwork you want served when you inquire about fees.
Click on the Offender Watch button in the Sex Offender section of the Sheriff’s Office website to see nearby registered sex offenders.
You may apply for a permit at the Sheriff’s Office for no fee. You will need to know the land description, hauler’s information, and landowner’s information for this permit, but can take the permit with you and bring it back filled out.
You can check which jurisdiction you live in by visiting the Assessor's Office Parcel Search and searching for your address. Under the "General Property Info" you will see jurisdiction information.
A timely 1st half payment must have a postmark of April 30. A timely 2nd half payment must have a postmark of October 31. RCW 01.12.070
By Mail: Send a check in to:Cowlitz County Treasurer207 N 4th AveKelso, WA 98626
By Credit Card: Please visit http://www.co.cowlitz.wa.us/index.aspx?NID=1874 or call 1-855-857-3624. Credit/debit card payments are also acceptable in the Treasurer's Office.
All checks must be made payable to Cowlitz County Treasurer. If the payment coupon is not included please be sure to include the parcel number or account number.
Your payment must be postmarked by the due date to be considered timely, otherwise interest and/or penalty will apply RCW 01.12.070.
Please verify that the mailing address that appears at the top of the statement is the correct address. If needed, please fill out the address change form under 'FORMS' on the right side of the screen.
Penalty happens the second month and eighth month of delinquency (only in the first year). June 1st is 3% and December is 8%.
State tax law presumes that property owners understand the responsibility of property taxes being due and payable every year. Failure to receive your tax statement is not an adequate reason for a waiver of the penalties and interest. RCW 84.56.020 RCW 84.56.025 RCW 84.56.050 *** A copy of your yearly statement is available on the Assessor's Parcel Search ***