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  • NJ A4521
  • Concerns transactions reported to MVC and motor vehicle certificates of ownership.
Introduced
(1/23/2017)
In Committee
(1/23/2017)
Crossed OverPassedSignedDead/Failed/Vetoed
2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill authorizes the seller of a motor vehicle who is not a licensed dealer to submit evidence of the vehicle transaction. Current law requires only a vehicle purchaser to submit evidence to the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) of the sale of the vehicle, within 10 working days of the transaction and to receive a record for the transaction. The bill amends current law to allow a non-dealer seller to submit evidence of the transaction to the MVC in order to receive the record. This bill does not alter the responsibilities of the buyer in relation to submitting evidence of the vehicle purchase or paying the $20 fee to receive the certificate of ownership (commonly known as a title), nor does it revise the $25 penalty for a buyer who fails to comply with the requirements. There are instances when a vehicle purchaser has not complied with the requirements to notify the MVC pursuant to R.S.39:10-11, and the vehicle record incorrectly reflects the seller as the vehicle owner, rather than the purchaser. In this situation, the seller of the vehicle may be held responsible for infractions associated with the vehicle, such as improper display of plates, which may lead to the vehicle being towed and stored and the assessment of additional fees and penalties. By allowing a seller to notify the MVC of a transaction, the MVC will have updated records, law enforcement will have access to accurate information when issuing a citation, and sellers will not be responsible for vehicles they no longer own. The bill further allows the MVC to retroactively issue a seller a record of the transaction for the sale of a vehicle on or after July 1, 1994. A seller would need to submit evidence of the vehicle transaction to the MVC, consisting of a notarized affidavit of the transaction, a bill of sale or copy of the completed and endorsed certificate of ownership as signed by the buyer and seller, and proof that the vehicle plates were properly surrendered to the MVC.
Transportation and Independent Authorities
Introduced, Referred to Assembly Transportation and Independent Authorities Committee  (on 1/23/2017)
 
 
Date Chamber Action Description
1/23/2017 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Transportation and Independent Authorities Committee
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