Jacobsen legislation to protect private information from car thieves passes the House

The Washington State House of Representatives unanimously passed a bill Sunday from Rep. Cyndy Jacobsen that would protect vehicle owners’ addresses from being stolen by thieves.

“I brought this legislation forward because of an unfortunate situation that occurred to one of my constituents,” said Jacobsen, R-Puyallup. “His car was broken into and later his home was burglarized because the thieves had access to his address. This simple, but real solution will make Washingtonians safer from bad actors.”

House Bill 1984 would require all paper-issued registration certificates for vehicles, trailers, and vessels to omit the residential address of the registrant. Based on current law in Washington, a signed vehicle registration with the owner’s address must always be in the vehicle.

However, this makes it possible for car thieves to access a person’s address and use it for nefarious purposes after breaking into a vehicle. Washington is currently the eighth worst state for car theft. In Pierce County alone, the number of stolen cars last year increased by 40%, and the cases continue to climb.

“We need to make sure we are looking out for people and doing whatever we can to protect their privacy and ensure greater public safety,” added Jacobsen. “I’m happy to see this real solution for a real problem move forward.”

If HB 1984 becomes law, the policy would begin Jan. 1, 2023. The bill now heads to the Senate for further consideration.

The 2022 legislative session is scheduled to run 60 consecutive days and end March 10.


Washington State House Republican Communications