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"Keep Your Plate - July '08"
Exceptions as to who actually owns the plates apply to special and distinctive plates that require qualification (firefighter, veteran, etc.). The person who qualifies for the plate is the plate owner and the only one that can take action affecting the plate.
A person cannot move a county numbered plate from vehicle to vehicle. The vehicle ownership must transfer before a plate can be detached on the individual’s motor vehicle record and removed from the vehicle. So, under most circumstances, the plate can only be detached if:
Similarly, an unattached plate cannot be moved from vehicle to vehicle and can only be attached to an acquired vehicle.
Plate with owner will apply to commercial vehicles (which will be renewed under our staggered registration renewal system) and noncommercial vehicles, trailers, motorcycles and historical plated vehicles. It will not apply to boats, snowmobiles, trailer ID plated vehicles, construction plates or prorate (IRP/apportioned) vehicles.
There will be situations when plates may stay with the vehicle when ownership of a vehicle is being transferred. A plate can remain attached to the vehicle when the ownership is transferred if one of the following exemptions apply: inheritance; transfer between immediate family members; transfer of ownership as the result of a transfer of a business ownership (exemptions 5-11).
Plus, a historical plate or a personalized plate can stay attached upon transfer of vehicle ownership provided the former owner of both the vehicle and the plate authorize the reassignment of ownership of the plate to the new owner.
An expired plate that is attached to a vehicle on the individual’s motor vehicle record will remain valid and may be renewed at any time within the plate period. However, an expired plate that is unattached is no longer valid and the plate cannot be used.
A license plate transfer can only be made between similarly plated vehicles – example: a license plate transfer from a motorcycle to an automobile is not allowed. A license plate transfer is allowed between vehicles registered as noncommercial, noncommercial gross weight or a motor home.
A plate cannot physically be attached to a vehicle until the owner goes to the county treasurer and completes the registration. In situations where a vehicle is sold and a plate is not immediately used, no refund is allowed, but a credit for the remaining months left on the plate will be given when it is attached to a newly acquired vehicle. If the plate expires before attachment, the plate is no longer valid.
Attach – Refers to action affecting a vehicle’s record within the Motor Vehicle system. Attaching a plate associates, or ties, a specific license plate number with a specific vehicle within the DMV system records, as opposed to physically securing the actual license plate to a vehicle. A license plate may be “attached” to a specific vehicle. Under certain conditions, a plate, which is attached, may be “detached” from a vehicle. A plate that is not attached to a vehicle is an “unattached” plate.
Report of Sale
The report of sale can be accomplished in several ways:
The ROS serves only as notification of a sale and does not generate any action against the title or registration record, other than to make a plate previously attached to a vehicle eligible for attachment to a different vehicle.
Based on the ROS, the system will generate an alert in the event a pending title is not created within 45 days of the date of sale. This alert will be used to automatically generate a letter to the new purchaser advising the purchaser of the requirements to transfer title and that penalty and interest is accruing. If no action is taken after that contact, further steps can be taken.Return to Top
When a new plate series is issued, the system will provide an automatic approval process for an existing plate not on the offensive plate table.
A plate ordered permit will be available for an applicant to use during the interim of plate production of a distinct or specialty plate. Like the regular county plate, all owners of the vehicle will own the specialty plate, unless it is a plate that the applicant must qualify for in order to receive it, such as National Guard, physically disabled person, prisoner of war, etc.Return to Top
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