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Bill Detail: SB20-051

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Title License Plate Expiration On Change Of Ownership
Status Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole (03/13/2020)
Bill Subjects
  • Transportation & Motor Vehicles
House Sponsors A. Valdez (D)
Senate Sponsors K. Priola (R)
House Committee
Senate Committee Transportation and Energy
Date Introduced 01/08/2020

Transportation Legislation Review Committee. 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 apply for personalized license plates
that use the combination in the manner specified in current
law when registering another motor vehicle; and
  • Any resulting incremental costs of producing and
distributing additional new license plates are excluded from
the calculation of the amount necessary to recover the costs
of license plate, decal, and validating tab production, and
distribution that is used to annually establish the amount of
the fee charged to cover those costs.
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.
On and after January 1, 2021, the bill also requires each type of
license plate that is not a group special license plate and that, as of
January 1, 2020, had a color scheme of dark green letters and numbers on
a background of white mountains and a dark green sky to be
manufactured to have a color scheme of white letters and numbers on a
background of dark green mountains and a white sky. The department of
revenue must exhaust its stock of license plates with the old color scheme
before issuing license plates with the new color scheme.

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