TITLES FOR OFF-ROAD VEH./LOW SPEED VEH. INSP. (NEW)

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House Bill 155 (Public) Filed Tuesday, February 21, 2023
AN ACT TO AUTHORIZE THE DIVISION OF MOTOR VEHICLES TO ISSUE A CERTIFICATE OF TITLE FOR ALL-TERRAIN VEHICLES AND UTILITY VEHICLES, TO EXPAND THE STREETS OR HIGHWAYS ON WHICH A MODIFIED UTILITY VEHICLE MAY BE LEGALLY OPERATED, AND TO AUTHORIZE THE OFF-SITE SAFETY INSPECTION OF LOW-SPEED VEHICLES BY LICENSED SAFETY INSPECTION STATIONS.
Intro. by Sossamon, N. Jackson, Biggs.

Status: Placed On Cal For 07/29/2024 (House action) (Jul 10 2024)

SOG comments (2):

Long title change

Committee substitute to the 1st edition changed the long title. Original long title was AN ACT AUTHORIZING THE DIVISION OF MOTOR VEHICLES TO ISSUE A CERTIFICATE OF TITLE FOR ALL-TERRAIN VEHICLES AND UTILITY VEHICLES.

Long title change

Senate committee substitute to the 2nd edition changed the long title. Previous title was AN ACT TO AUTHORIZE CERTIFICATES OF TITLE FOR CERTAIN OFF-ROAD VEHICLES.

Bill History:

H 155

Bill Summaries:

  • Summary date: Jul 3 2024 - View Summary

    The Governor vetoed the act on July 3, 2024. The Governor's objections and veto message are available here: https://webservices.ncleg.gov/ViewBillDocument/2023/9405/0/H155-BD-NBC-12419.


  • Summary date: Jun 18 2024 - View Summary

    Senate amendment to the 3rd edition makes the following changes. 

    Section 1

    Requires under new GS 20-53.6 that the application for a certificate of title for an all-terrain vehicle, modified utility vehicle, or utility vehicle also include a statement of the owner's title and of all liens upon the vehicle, including the names and addresses of all lienholders in the order of their priority, and the date and nature of each lien. Directs that the provisions of GS Chapter 20 that relate to perfection of security interests do not apply to vehicles issued a certificate of title under GS 20-53.6. Makes a technical change. 


  • Summary date: Jun 12 2024 - View Summary

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

    Section 1

    Amends new GS 20-53.6 so that the owner of an all-terrain vehicle, modified utility vehicle, or utility vehicle may apply for a certificate of title by completing the application form (was, owner of an all-terrain vehicle, off-road motorcycle, or utility vehicle purchased as a new vehicle from a retailer on or after January 1, 2024, must apply for a certificate of title by completing the application form). No longer requires the application form to include a statement of the owner's title and of all liens upon the vehicle and the specification that the provisions of GS Chapter 20 that relate to perfection of security interests do not apply to vehicles issued a certificate of title under the statute. Deletes the provision that applies to owners of an all-terrain vehicle, off-road motorcycle or utility vehicle that is not required to be titled but who want to apply for a title. Removes the definitions.

    Amends GS 20-54 to require refusal of registration and instead issue a certificate of title for all-terrain vehicles.

    Amends GS 20-121.1 (concerning operation of low-speed trucks, mini-trucks, or modified utility vehicles on certain roadways) to remove limitation on operation of modified utility vehicle on four-lane streets or highways to those where the posted speed is 35 mph or less.

    Extends the effective date for the above statutes by one year, to October 1, 2024.

    Section 2

    Effective July 1, 2025, and applying to low-speed vehicles inspected on or after that date, allows low-speed vehicle safety inspections to be performed at a location other than the inspection station by a station that has a safety inspection station license issued by the DMV and by a mechanic who is employed by the station and has a safety inspection mechanic license issued by the DMV. Requires the Department of Transportation (DOT) to adopt rules to implement the act before July 1, 2025.  

    Amends the act's titles.


  • Summary date: Apr 5 2023 - View Summary

    House committee substitute to the 1st edition makes the following changes. Makes conforming changes to the act’s long and short titles.

    Amends new GS 20-53.6 by adding the following defined terms: all-terrain vehicle, off-road motorcycle, owner, and utility vehicle.

    Requires titling under the statute and adds off-road motorcycle as one of the vehicles that must be titled under GS 20-53.6 and limits the requirement to all-terrain vehicles, off-road motorcycles, and utility vehicles purchased new from a retailer on or after January 1, 2024. Allows optional application for a certificate of title for those vehicles not required to be titled. Adds to the items that must be included on the application for a certificate of title to also require a statement of the owner's title and of all liens on the vehicle, including the names and addresses of all lienholders in the order of their priority, and the date and nature of each lien. Specifies that the provisions of GS Chapter 20 that relate to perfection of a security interest do not apply to vehicles for which a certificate of title is issued by the DMV under GS 20-53.6.

    Specifies that owners of an all-terrain vehicle, off-road  motorcycle, or utility vehicle not required to title that vehicle under this section may apply to the DMV for a certificate of title under this section, provided that the owner is able to provide reasonable evidence of ownership satisfactory to the DMV.


  • Summary date: Feb 21 2023 - View Summary

    Enacts GS 20-53.6, allowing an owner of an all-terrain vehicle or a utility vehicle to apply to the Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) for a certificate of title. Details application form requirements. Requires payment of the $52 fee statutorily set for certificate of title applications.

    Makes conforming changes to GS 20-54, which requires the DMV to refuse to register or issue a certificate of title for a utility vehicle, to provide for the DMV to issue a certificate of title pursuant to new GS 20-53.6. Further directs that the DMV cannot transfer registration of a utility vehicle. 

    Effective October 1, 2023.