Except as otherwise specified by law, the director or his or her designee has the
authority to retain collection agencies licensed under chapter 19.16 RCW for the purposes
of collecting unpaid penalties, assessments, and other debts owed to the department.
The director or his or her designee may also collect as costs moneys paid to the collection
agency as charges, or in the case of credit cards or financial instruments, such as
checks returned for nonpayment, moneys paid to financial institutions.
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