HOUSE BILL No. 4966

 

June 21, 2007, Introduced by Rep. LeBlanc and referred to the Committee on Transportation.

 

     A bill to amend 1949 PA 300, entitled

 

"Michigan vehicle code,"

 

by amending section 803b (MCL 257.803b), as amended by 2004 PA 426.

 

THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF MICHIGAN ENACT:

 

     Sec. 803b. (1) The secretary of state may issue 1 personalized

 

vehicle registration plate which that shall be used on the

 

passenger motor vehicle, pick-up truck, motorcycle, van, motor

 

home, hearse, bus, trailer coach, or trailer for which the plate is

 

issued instead of a standard plate. Personalized plates shall bear

 

letters and numbers as the secretary of state prescribes, but not

 

to exceed 8 characters. The secretary of state shall not issue a

 

letter combination which that might carry a connotation offensive

 

to good taste and decency. The personalized plates shall be made of

 


the same material as standard plates. Personalized plates shall not

 

be a duplication of another registration plate.

 

     (2) An application for a personalized registration plate shall

 

be submitted to the secretary of state pursuant according to

 

section 217. Application for an original personalized registration

 

plate shall be accompanied with payment of a service fee of $8.00

 

for the first month and of $2.00 per month for each additional

 

month of the registration period in addition to the regular vehicle

 

registration fee. A second duplicate registration plate may be

 

obtained by requesting that option on the application and paying an

 

additional service fee of $5.00. The original and duplicate service

 

fees shall be deposited in the transportation administration

 

collection fund created in section 810b. Application for the

 

renewal of a personalized registration plate shall be accompanied

 

with payment of a service fee of $15.00 in addition to the regular

 

vehicle registration fee. The service fee shall be credited to the

 

Michigan transportation fund and shall be allocated pursuant

 

according to section 10 of 1951 PA 51, MCL 247.660. The amount

 

allocated to the state trunk line fund shall be used by the state

 

transportation department for litter pickup and cleanup on state

 

roads and rights of way.

 

     (3) The expiration date for a personalized registration plate

 

shall be pursuant according to section 226. Upon the issuance or

 

renewal of a personalized registration plate, the secretary of

 

state may issue a tab or tabs designating the month and year of

 

expiration. Upon the renewal of a personalized registration plate,

 

the secretary of state shall issue a new tab or tabs for the rear

 


plate designating the next expiration date of the plate. Upon

 

renewal, the secretary of state shall not issue the owner a new

 

exact duplicate of the expired plate unless the plate is illegible

 

and the owner pays the service fee and registration fee for an

 

original personalized registration plate.

 

     (4) The sequence of letters or numbers or combination of

 

letters and numbers on a personalized plate shall not be given to a

 

different person in a subsequent year unless the person to whom the

 

plate was issued does not reapply before the expiration date of the

 

plate.

 

     (5) An applicant who applies for a registration plate under

 

section 217d, 803e, 803f, 803j, 803k, 803l, 803n, or 803o is

 

eligible to request, and the secretary of state may issue, the

 

registration plate with a sequence of letters and numbers otherwise

 

authorized under this section.

 

     (6)  The secretary of state may issue a temporary permit to a

 

person who has submitted an application and the proper fees for a

 

personalized plate if the applicant's vehicle registration may

 

expire prior to before receipt of his or her personalized plate.

 

The temporary registration shall be valid for not more than 60 days

 

after the date of issuance. The temporary permit shall be issued

 

without a fee.