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Bill Detail: SB21-069

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Title License Plate Expiration On Change Of Ownership
Status Governor Signed (07/02/2021)
Bill Subjects
  • Transportation & Motor Vehicles
House Sponsors A. Valdez (D)
D. Ortiz (D)
Senate Sponsors K. Priola (R)
House Committee Transportation and Local Government
Senate Committee Transportation and Energy
Date Introduced 02/16/2021

The bill specifies that:

  • The license plates of a motor vehicle that is Class C
personal property for purposes of the laws governing the
levying of specific ownership tax and registration of
vehicles expire upon the transfer of the owner's title or
interest in the motor vehicle;
  • If either the expired license plates are personalized license
plates or the owner wishes to continue to use the same
combination of letters or numbers on the owner's expired
license plates that were not originally issued as
personalized license plates, the owner retains the priority
right to use the combination of letters or numbers displayed
on the expired license plates to the extent provided for in
current law and may, after surrendering the expired license
plates to the department of revenue (department), apply for
personalized license plates that use the combination in the
manner specified in current law when registering another
motor vehicle; and
  • The department shall approve any application for
personalized license plates received from an individual
who wishes to retain the same combination of letters or
numbers displayed on the individual's expired license plates
and who has surrendered the expired plates to the
department unless the department determines that the
combination is misleading or duplicates another
registration number or that, due to evolving social mores,
the combination, despite having previously been issued,
carries connotations offensive to good taste or decency;
Class C personal property includes passenger cars, noncommercial
light trucks, and motorcycles. The bill does not apply to the transfer or
assignment of an owner's interest in Class C personal property that is a
horseless carriage.
The bill also authorizes the department to issue license plates in
previously retired styles to individuals who request such plates and to
charge additional fees for such plates.

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