A BILL TO BE ENTITLED AN ACT TO REAUTHORIZE EXPIRED SPECIAL REGISTRATION PLATES, TO AUTHORIZE ADDITIONAL SPECIAL REGISTRATION PLATES TO BE ON A BACKGROUND OTHER THAN THE 'FIRST IN FLIGHT' BACKGROUND, AND TO ESTABLISH A PROCESS BY WHICH PERSONS OR ORGANIZATIONS MUST OBTAIN A MINIMUM NUMBER OF PAID APPLICATIONS PRIOR TO OBTAINING LEGISLATIVE APPROVAL FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF A SPECIAL REGISTRATION PLATE.
Senate committee substitute deletes all the provisions of the 1st edition and replaces them as follows.
Reauthorizes special registration license plates that were authorized under GS 20-79.4 and expired on July 1, 2013, as a matter of law under GS 20-79.8 (the sponsoring organizations for each plate failed to obtain the minimum number of paid applications for each plate). Also reenacts any other relevant provisions under GS 20-79.7(a1) and (b) and GS 20-81.12. Provides that any special registration reenacted under this section is subject to the requirements of GS 20-63(b1) if the plate is to be on a background other that a "First in Flight" background. Provides that the reauthorization for special registration plates under this section expires as a matter of law on October 1, 2014, if the required number of applications for the plate has not been received by the Division of Motor vehicles (DMV) by that date.
Amends GS 20-63(b1) to add four special registration plates to the list of plates that do not have to be on a "First in Flight" background and are authorized to be on a full-color background.
Enacts new GS 20-79.3A (effective October 1, 2014) to codify the process for establishing or reauthorizing special license plates. Requires an applicant to obtain the minimum number of paid applications from potential purchasers of the special registration plate prior to submitting a Special Registration Plate Development Application (SRPDA) to the DMV. Provides that the minimum number of paid applications for a special registration plate on a standard background under GS 20-63(b) is 300 and on a background authorized under GS 20-63(b1) is 500.
Provides that an applicant must submit its completed application to the DMV by February 15 in order to be considered for approval during that year's legislative session. Specifies the content of the application. Directs the DMV to provide a report that identifies each applicant to the chairs of the House and Senate Transportation committees and Finance committees and the Research Division on or before March 15 annually.
Delineates the responsibilities of the applicant if the application is approved by the legislature. Directs the DMV to refund the fee submitted by the applicant if the legislature does not authorize the plate in the session in which authorization was sought.
Directs the DMV to issue an approved special registration plate within 180 days after receiving the applicant's design and the minimum number of paid applications.
Provides that regardless of the deadlines established in proposed GS 20-79.3A, for the 2015 Regular Session of the 2015 General Assembly, the DMV is to accept SRPDAs through April 1, 2015, and report the list of qualified applicants to the General Assembly by May 1. 2015.
Directs the DMV to develop by October 1, 2014, an application form that an applicant for a special registration plate can provide to potential purchasers of a proposed special registration plate. Requires that form must state that the applicant, and not the DMV, is responsible for collecting the fees and refunding the fees to potential purchasers if the General Assembly does not approve the request for the plate. Directs the DMV to make this form and an explanation of the special registration plate application process available on the DMV's website.
Additionally directs the DMV to develop a SRPDA form for use by an applicant seeking to establish or reauthorize a special registration plate. Specifies the information that the form must require the applicant to provide. Directs the DMV to develop this form by February 1, 2015 and make it available on the DMV's website. Requires that the DMV make the necessary program changes by February 1, 2015, to be able to accept SRPDAs as required under this act.
Provides that the expiration date in GS 20-79.8 is for plates authorized between July 1, 2011, and October 1, 2014. Provides that an authorization made on or after October 1, 2014, expires if the applicant does not submit all the required items within 60 days of enactment of that authorization. Requires notification of expired special registration plates to the Revisor of Statutes by August 1 (was, July 15) of each year.
Directs the Revenue Laws Study Committee to examine further modifications to special registration plate and permanent registration plate policies, DMV administrative costs, and issues related to permanent registration plates. Requires the Committee to report its findings, along with any recommended legislation, to the 2015 Regular Session of the General Assembly upon its convening.
Except as otherwise provided, this act is effective when it becomes law.
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