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Tow Operator Abandoned Vehicle Title Search

Concerning a requirement that the holder of an abandoned motor vehicle use the records of a national title search to notify persons with an interest in the motor vehicle that the vehicle has been towed and is subject to sale, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
2016 Regular Session
Transportation & Motor Vehicles
Bill Summary

Currently, when an abandoned motor vehicle has been towed, the responsible law enforcement agency and tow operator notify the department of revenue, which searches its records to determine who owns the vehicle and if there is a lienholder. This information is used to return stolen vehicles and to notify the owner and any lienholder that the vehicle will be sold at an auction if it is not claimed. The act broadens the records used in the search to include those that can be obtained through a national title search.

The act also extends the period for a tow operator to notify the owner and any lienholder from 3 days to 5 days.

$21,929 is appropriated to the department of revenue to implement the act.

(Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)


Became Law


Bill Text

The effective date for bills enacted without a safety clause is August 7, 2024, if the General Assembly adjourns sine die on May 8, 2024, unless otherwise specified. Details