Motor Vehicle Dealer Demonstration Plates
Concerning the conditions under which demonstration plates may be used on motor vehicles before the vehicles are sold to customers.
2020 Regular Session
Professions & Occupations
Transportation & Motor Vehicles
Current law creates demonstration plates that a motor vehicle dealership may use without registering the motor vehicle. The bill authorizes these plates to be used when the motor vehicle is:
- Offered for sale by the dealer on the dealer's property;
- Driven by a prospective buyer for demonstration-drive purposes during normal business hours;
- Driven by a prospective buyer for demonstration-drive purposes outside of normal business hours if the prospective buyer has a letter from the dealer authorizing the buyer to operate the motor vehicle with the demonstration plates and the letter contains certain information; or
- Driven by a dealer employee, during normal business hours, to conduct legitimate dealership business; except that the authorization excludes tow vehicles, parts pickup or delivery vehicles, courtesy shuttle vehicles, rental vehicles, haulers, or vehicles bearing the dealer's name or advertisement, other than the small dealer badge normally affixed to the rear of vehicles or the license plate holders bearing the dealer's name.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)