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Title Certificates Off-highway Vehicle Transfers

Concerning requirements relating to the transfer of an off-highway vehicle, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
2021 Regular Session
Natural Resources & Environment
Transportation & Motor Vehicles
Bill Summary

Current law requires an off-highway vehicle to have a certificate of title in order to be transferred unless:

  • The off-highway vehicle was first transferred before July 1, 2014, and not subsequently transferred to an off-highway vehicle dealer; or
  • The off-highway vehicle was used exclusively for agricultural purposes on private land.

Section 2 4 of the bill requires all off-highway vehicle transfers on or after July 1, 2022, 2023, to have a certificate of title, but the agricultural exemption is not changed.Section 1 2 exempts private transfers of off-highway vehicles from sales and use tax if the transfer occurred on or after July 1, 2014, and before July 1, 2022 2023 .Section 3 requires personal watercraft to obtain a certificate of title as off-highway vehicles.

Current law authorizes motor vehicle dealers, salvage pools, and insurers to electronically access the department of revenue's ownership and lienholder records to verify motor vehicle ownership and lienholding information to prevent fraud. Section 3 5 authorizes off-highway vehicle dealers to access this system to verify the same information on off-highway vehicles for the same reasons.

Notwithstanding the requirement that an off-highway vehicle have a title to be purchased by a dealer, current law authorizes a dealer to purchase an off-highway vehicle that was initially sold before July 1, 2014, and was never titled. The dealer must obtain an affidavit from the owner and then use the affidavit to obtain a title. Section 4 6 extends this authorization and procedure to off-highway vehicles:

  • Privately transferred on or after July 1, 2014, and before July 1, 2022 2023 ; or
  • Used exclusively for agricultural purposes on private land.

(Note: Italicized words indicate new material added to the original summary; dashes through words indicate deletions from the original summary.)

(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)




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