House Bill No. 6818
               House Bill No. 6818

              PUBLIC ACT NO. 97-226


AN ACT CONCERNING  THE  FEES  FOR  CONFISCATION OF
MOTOR VEHICLE NUMBER  PLATES, ENABLING ENFORCEMENT
OF INSURANCE REQUIREMENTS  AGAINST OWNERS OF MOTOR
VEHICLES REQUIRED TO  BE  REGISTERED IN THIS STATE
AND CONCERNING STOLEN  OR  MUTILATED MOTOR VEHICLE
NUMBER PLATES.


    Be it enacted  by  the  Senate  and  House  of
Representatives in General Assembly convened:
    Section 1. Subsection (c) of section 14-12h of
the general statutes is repealed and the following
is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (c)  The owner  of  any  motor  vehicle  whose
registration has been cancelled in accordance with
the provisions of  sections  14-12c  and 14-12f to
14-12k, inclusive, 38a-343 and 38a-343a, shall not
be eligible to  obtain  a  new  registration for a
vehicle, or a  new or renewal registration for any
motor vehicle in his name until such owner appears
personally at an office of the Department of Motor
Vehicles  and (1)  completes  an  application  for
registration, (2) furnishes proof of insurance, in
accordance  with  section  14-12b,  (3)  furnishes
proof of financial  responsibility  for  not  less
than one year,  in accordance with section 14-112,
and (4) pays to the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles
a  restoration fee  of  one  hundred  dollars,  as
required by section  14-50b,  in  addition  to any
other fees required to obtain new registration and
number plates. In  addition,  if the number plates
of the vehicle  whose  registration  was cancelled
has been confiscated,  the  owner  of  such  motor
vehicle shall pay  an  additional confiscation fee
of fifty dollars.  Such  confiscation fee shall be
collected from the  owner of the motor vehicle and
remitted  by  the  commissioner  to  the  sheriff,
deputy sheriff or  constable  who  confiscated the
number plates or,  if  the plates were confiscated
by a police  officer,  such confiscation fee shall
be  remitted  to  the  governmental  entity  which
employed  such  officer   at   the   time  of  the
confiscation AND SHALL  BE  DEPOSITED IN THE ASSET
FORFEITURE FUND. IN  THE  EVENT  THERE  IS NO SUCH
FUND, SUCH CONFISCATION  FEE SHALL BE DEPOSITED IN
THE GENERAL FUND OF SUCH ENTITY.
    Sec.  2.  Section   14-213b   of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed   and   the   following  is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a) No owner  of  any  private passenger motor
vehicle  or  a   vehicle  with  a  COMBINATION  OR
commercial    registration,    as    defined    in
[subdivision (12) of]  section 14-1, registered OR
REQUIRED  TO  BE  REGISTERED  in  this  state  may
operate or permit  the  operation  of such vehicle
without the security  required  by section 38a-371
or with security  insufficient to meet the minimum
requirements  of  said  section.  Failure  of  the
operator to produce  an  insurance  identification
card  as  required   by   section   14-217   shall
constitute prima facie evidence that the owner has
not maintained the  security  required  by section
38a-371 and this section.
    (b)  Any person  convicted  of  violating  any
provision of subsection  (a) of this section shall
be fined not  less  than  one  hundred dollars nor
more than one thousand dollars.
    (c) The Commissioner  of  Motor Vehicles shall
suspend  the  registration,   and  the  operator's
license,  if  any,   of  an  owner,  for  a  first
conviction   of  violating   the   provisions   of
subsection (a) of this section for a period of one
month and for  a  second  or subsequent conviction
for a period  of  six  months. No new registration
shall  be  issued  or  restored  for  any  private
passenger  motor  vehicle  or  a  vehicle  with  a
COMBINATION OR commercial registration, as defined
in  [subdivision  (12)   of]   section  14-1,  the
registration for which has been suspended pursuant
to this subsection until the owner has filed proof
of  financial responsibility  in  accordance  with
section  14-112.  Any   financial   responsibility
filing shall be  maintained  for a period of three
years unless waived  by the commissioner after one
year has elapsed,  or unless such registration for
such  motor vehicle  has  been  cancelled  or  the
commissioner is satisfied  that  a transfer of the
private passenger motor  vehicle  has been made in
good faith and  not for the purpose of or with the
effect of circumventing  the intention of sections
14-12b and 14-12c. NO OPERATOR'S LICENSE WHICH HAS
BEEN SUSPENDED PURSUANT  TO  THIS SUBSECTION SHALL
BE RESTORED UNTIL  THE OWNER HAS PROVIDED EVIDENCE
TO THE COMMISSIONER THAT HE MAINTAINS THE SECURITY
REQUIRED BY SECTION 38a-371 FOR EACH MOTOR VEHICLE
REGISTERED IN HIS NAME.
    Sec. 3. Subsection (w) of section 14-49 of the
general statutes is  repealed and the following is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    (w) In addition to the fee established for the
issuance of motor vehicle number plates and except
as provided in  subsection  (a)  of section 14-21b
and subsection [(b)]  (c) of section 14-253a there
shall be an  additional safety fee of five dollars
charged  at  the   time   of   issuance   of   any
reflectorized  safety  number   plate  or  set  of
plates. All moneys  derived  from  said safety fee
shall  be  deposited  in  the  General  Fund.  THE
COMMISSIONER MAY WAIVE SAID SAFETY FEE IN THE CASE
OF ANY PERSON  WHO  SUBMITS A POLICE REPORT TO THE
COMMISSIONER INDICATING THAT  THE  NUMBER PLATE OR
SET OF NUMBER PLATES HAVE BEEN STOLEN OR MUTILATED
FOR THE PURPOSE  OF OBTAINING THE STICKER ATTACHED
TO THE PLATE  DENOTING  THE EXPIRATION DATE OF THE
REGISTRATION.
    Sec. 4. Section 14-50a of the general statutes
is repealed and  the  following  is substituted in
lieu thereof:
    (a) The following fees shall be charged by the
Commissioner of Motor  Vehicles  for  the  item or
service indicated:
    (1) Duplicate of  a  registration certificate,
five dollars.
    (2)  First  duplicate   of   a  motor  vehicle
operator's license, ten  dollars, second duplicate
of  a motor  vehicle  operator's  license,  twenty
dollars and each  duplicate  of  a  motor  vehicle
operator's license thereafter, thirty dollars.
    (3) Replacement number  plate or set of number
plates, except as provided in subsection [(b)] (c)
of section 14-253a,  [ten] ELEVEN dollars. [On and
after  July 1,  1992,  the  fee  shall  be  eleven
dollars.]
    (4) Replacement number  plate or set of number
plates bearing same  number  as  set  of  replaced
plates, [ten] ELEVEN  dollars.  [On and after July
1, 1992, the fee shall be eleven dollars.]
    (5) Each search  of  the accident record files
made pursuant to  a  request  for  a  copy  of  an
accident report which results in no document being
produced, [four dollars  and  fifty  cents, on and
after July 1,  1989,  six dollars and seventy-five
cents, on and  after  July  1, 1991, eight dollars
and fifty cents,  and  on and after July 1, 1993,]
ten dollars and seventy-five cents.
    (6) Each copy  of  an  accident  report, [four
dollars and fifty  cents,  on  and  after  July 1,
1989, six dollars  and  seventy-five cents, on and
after July 1, 1991, eight dollars and fifty cents,
and on and  after  July  1, 1993,] ten dollars and
seventy-five cents.
    (7) Certified copy of an accident record, [six
dollars, on and  after July 1, 1989, nine dollars,
on and after  July  1,  1991,  eleven  dollars and
twenty-five cents, and on and after July 1, 1993,]
fourteen dollars.
    (8)  Certified  statement  of  "no  record  of
accident", [six dollars,  on  and  after  July  1,
1989, nine dollars,  on  and  after  July 1, 1991,
eleven dollars and  twenty-five  cents, and on and
after July 1, 1993,] fourteen dollars.
    (9)  Certified  abstract  of  driving  history
record, or driving  history  record for applicants
for  commercial driver's  license  with  passenger
endorsement or transportation permit, ten dollars.
    (10) Name of  registered  owner,  four dollars
and fifty cents.
    (11)   Operator  license   information,   five
dollars and fifty cents.
    (12) Certification of any copy or record, [one
dollar and fifty cents, on and after July 1, 1989,
two dollars and  twenty-five  cents,  on and after
July 1, 1991, three dollars, and on and after July
1, 1993,] three dollars and fifty cents.
    (13) Certified transcripts  of hearing held by
the commissioner, [one  dollar and fifty cents per
page with a  minimum  charge  of seven dollars and
fifty cents. On  and  after  July 1, 1989, the fee
per page shall  be  two  dollars  and  twenty-five
cents per page  with  a  minimum  charge of eleven
dollars and twenty-five  cents,  on and after July
1, 1991, three  dollars  per  page  with a minimum
charge of fourteen  dollars, and on and after July
1, 1993,] three  dollars  and fifty cents per page
with a minimum  charge  of  seventeen  dollars and
fifty cents.
    (14) Each copy  of  a motor vehicle operator's
completed  application  for   a   license,   seven
dollars.
    (15) Each copy  of a completed application for
registration of a motor vehicle, seven dollars.
    (16) Each copy of a title document provided to
a municipality, ten dollars.
    (17) Each request  for information as provided
in section 14-10,  the  amount  provided  in  said
section.
    (18) For any  copy  or  material released from
information maintained by  the Department of Motor
Vehicles  for  which  no  fee  is  established  by
statute, an amount determined by the commissioner.
    (b) The commissioner  may  establish  fees not
conforming to those  of  subsection  (a)  of  this
section  for information  furnished  on  a  volume
basis  to  persons   or   firms  who  satisfy  the
commissioner  that the  information  furnished  is
properly required in  connection  with the conduct
of such person's or firm's business.
    (c)  THE  COMMISSIONER   MAY   WAIVE  ANY  FEE
SPECIFIED IN SUBDIVISION  (3) OR (4) OF SUBSECTION
(a) OF THIS  SECTION IN THE CASE OF ANY PERSON WHO
SUBMITS  A  POLICE   REPORT  TO  THE  COMMISSIONER
INDICATING THAT THE  NUMBER PLATE OR SET OF NUMBER
PLATES  HAVE BEEN  STOLEN  OR  MUTILATED  FOR  THE
PURPOSE OF OBTAINING  THE  STICKER ATTACHED TO THE
PLATE  DENOTING  THE   EXPIRATION   DATE   OF  THE
REGISTRATION.
    [(c)]  (d)  No  person,  firm  or  corporation
furnished  information  by   the  commissioner  as
provided by this  section  shall  distribute  such
information for any  other  purpose  than that for
which it was furnished.
    [(d)]  (e) Any  person,  firm  or  corporation
which violates any provision of this section shall
be fined not more than one hundred dollars.
    Sec.  5.  Section   14-147a   of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed   and   the   following  is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    Any person who  takes any motor vehicle number
plate  or [annual  insert]  STICKER  DENOTING  THE
EXPIRATION  DATE OF  THE  REGISTRATION  from  such
number plate OR  POSSESSES  SUCH  NUMBER  PLATE OR
STICKER without the  permission  of  the person to
whom such number  plate or [annual insert] STICKER
was  issued  shall   be   fined   not  [more  than
twenty-five dollars or  imprisoned  not  more than
thirty days or  both]  LESS  THAN  ONE HUNDRED NOR
MORE THAN FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS.
    Sec. 6. This  act  shall  take  effect July 1,
1997, except that  sections  1  and  2  shall take
effect October 1, 1997.

Approved June 24, 1997