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Bob Ferguson

AGO 1963 NO. 72 >

Section 574, 50 United States Code Annot. (Soldiers' and Sailors' Civil Relief Act of 1940), exempts all nonresident military personnel stationed in Washington from the obligation of paying the motor vehicle excise tax required by chapter 199, Laws of 1963 (chapter 82.44 RCW) provided they pay all motor vehicle or excise taxes and fees required by the state of their residence or domicile.  However, nonresident servicemen who wish to license their vehicles in this state must pay the license fees and excise taxes prescribed by law.