REMOVE ID MARK/INCREASE PUNISHMENT.

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House Bill 743 (Public) Filed Thursday, April 29, 2021
AN ACT TO INCREASE THE PUNISHMENT FOR ALTERING, DESTROYING, OR REMOVING PERMANENT PERSONAL IDENTIFICATION MARKS FROM PERSONAL PROPERTY AND REMOVING, DEFACING, DESTROYING, ALTERING, OR COVERING OVER IDENTIFYING MARKS ON CERTAIN MACHINERY, EQUIPMENT, AND APPARATUSES.
Intro. by C. Smith, Miller.

Status: Ch. SL 2021-36 (Jun 16 2021)

Bill History:

H 743/S.L. 2021-36

Bill Summaries:

  • Summary date: Jun 16 2021 - More information

    AN ACT TO INCREASE THE PUNISHMENT FOR ALTERING, DESTROYING, OR REMOVING PERMANENT PERSONAL IDENTIFICATION MARKS FROM PERSONAL PROPERTY AND REMOVING, DEFACING, DESTROYING, ALTERING, OR COVERING OVER IDENTIFYING MARKS ON CERTAIN MACHINERY, EQUIPMENT, AND APPARATUSES. SL 2021-36. Enacted June 16, 2021. Effective December 1, 2021.


  • Summary date: Jun 2 2021 - More information

    Senate committee substitute to the 2nd edition makes the following changes.

    Revises the proposed changes to the punishment for violations of GS 14-160.1 (Alteration, destruction or removal of permanent identification marks from personal property). Now makes it a (1) Class 1 misdemeanor if the personal property was valued at not more than $1,000 (was, at less than $1,000) at the time of the offense or (2) a Class H felony if the personal property was valued at more than $1,000 (was, at $1,000 or more) at the time of the offense.

    Revises the proposed changes to the punishment for violations of GS 14-401.4 (Identifying marks on machines and apparatus; application to Division of Motor Vehicles for numbers). Now makes it a Class H felony for violations where the machine or other apparatus was valued at more than $1,000 (was, $1,000 or more) at the time of the offense.


  • Summary date: May 11 2021 - More information

    House committee substitute to the 1st edition makes the following changes. Amends GS 14-401.4, which prohibits willfully removing, defacing, destroying, altering or covering over the manufacturer's serial or engine number or any other manufacturer's number or other distinguishing number or identification mark on any machine or other apparatus, including, but not limited to, farm equipment, machinery and apparatus, and prohibits placing or stamping any serial, engine, or other number or mark upon such machinery, apparatus, or equipment or possessing or giving away or disposing of such machinery, apparatus, or equipment after the serial or engine number or mark has been willfully removed, defaced, destroyed, altered, or covered up. Makes clarifying changes to the proposed changes, making it a Class H felony for violations where the machine or other apparatus (was, the farm machinery, farm equipment, or farm apparatus) was valued at $1,000 or more at the time of the offense.


  • Summary date: Apr 29 2021 - More information

    Amends GS 14-160.1, which makes it illegal to (1) alter, deface, destroy or remove the permanent serial number, manufacturer's identification plate, or other permanent, distinguishing number or identification mark from any item of personal property with the intent to conceal or misrepresent the identity of said item or (b) knowingly to sell, buy, or be in possession of any item of personal property, not one's own, on which the permanent serial number, manufacturer's identification plate, or other permanent, distinguishing number or identification mark has been altered, defaced, destroyed or removed for the purpose of concealing or misrepresenting the identity of said item. All violations were a Class 1 misdemeanor; now makes it a (1) Class 1 misdemeanor if the personal property was valued at less than $1,000 at the time of the offense or (2) a Class H felony if the personal property was valued at $1,000 or more at the time of the offense.

    Amends GS 14-401.4(d), which prohibits willfully removing, defacing, destroying, altering or covering over the manufacturer's serial or engine number or any other manufacturer's number or other distinguishing number or identification mark on any machine or other apparatus, including, but not limited to, farm equipment, machinery and apparatus, and prohibits placing or stamping any serial, engine, or other number or mark upon such machinery, apparatus, or equipment or possessing or giving away or disposing of such machinery, apparatus, or equipment after the serial or engine number or mark has been willfully removed, defaced, destroyed, altered, or covered up. All violations were a Class 1 misdemeanor; now makes it a (1) Class 1 misdemeanor if the farm machinery, farm equipment, or farm apparatus was valued at less than $1,000 at the time of the offense or (2) a Class H felony if the farm machinery, farm equipment, or farm apparatus was valued at $1,000 or more at the time of the offense.

    Applies to offenses committed on or after December 1, 2021.


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