Bill Summary for H 337 (2019-2020)

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Apr 9 2019

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View NCGA Bill Details2019-2020 Session
House Bill 337 (Public) Filed Tuesday, March 12, 2019
AN ACT TO AMEND LAWS GOVERNING THE TRANSFER OF SALVAGE VEHICLES BY REMOVING NOTARY REQUIREMENTS, PERMITTING ELECTRONIC SIGNATURES, AND ALLOWING ACCESS TO DIVISION OF MOTOR VEHICLE SYSTEMS FOR SALVAGE VEHICLE TITLE PROCESSING.
Intro. by Torbett, Lewis.

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House committee substitute to the 1st edition makes the following changes.

Makes organizational changes to the proposed changes to GS 20-109.1 concerning the surrender of salvage vehicle certificates of title. Moves the proposed new language to subdivision (b)(1) to proposed subsection (b)(3), exempting specified title transfers, applications, and affidavits related to the assignment of title from notarization requirements. Eliminates the proposed language limiting the scope of subdivision (b)(2) to when the most recent certificate of title for the vehicle was issued by the State. Eliminates the proposed provisions of new subdivision (b)(3), regarding forms to use to transfer title to a salvage vehicle from the insurer to a person who buys the vehicle when the owner fails to assign or deliver the title and the most recent certificate of title was issued in another state. Makes conforming changes to remove the proposed addition of transfers to an insurer pursuant to new GS 20-109.1(b)(3) to those exempt from the notarization requirements for title assignments and transfers in GS 20-72(b); removes the proposed addition of titles of salvage vehicles transferred pursuant to new GS 20-109.1(b)(3) to those not required to be forwarded to the DMV.  Makes further conforming deletions to the proposed changes to GS 20-75, which added titles of salvage vehicles transferred pursuant to new GS 20-109.1(b)(3) to those not required to be forwarded to the DMV. Lastly, deletes the proposed conforming changes to GS 20-78(a), regarding issuance of a salvage certificate of title.

Further amends GS 20-52(c) to establish that the Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) will not certify or approve a specific electronic process or vendor for electronic signatures for submitted applications or documents. Establishes that any entity offering an electronic signature process assumes all responsibility and liability for the accuracy of the signature. Deems that the DMV is harmless from liability to a claim arising from applications submitted with an inaccurate electronic signature pursuant to the subsection.

Amends the proposed changes to GS 20-63(j), concerning authorized contracts between the DMV and online motor vehicle vendors, and vendors and motor vehicle dealers, to file required DMV documents. Now more specifically provides, for submissions concerning salvage certificates of title to the DMV on behalf of insurers pursuant to GS 20-109.1, that those submissions are included in the transactions authorized and conducted by a licensed motor vehicle dealer whose primary business is the sale of salvage vehicles on behalf of insurers (was, included in motor vehicle dealer transactions authorized by the subsection).

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