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SF 3062

as introduced - 85th Legislature (2007 - 2008) Posted on 12/15/2009 12:00am

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.

Current Version - as introduced

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A bill for an act
relating to natural resources; providing a uniform expiration date for snowmobile
registrations and trail stickers; extending effective period of temporary
permits for snowmobiles, off-highway motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles,
and watercraft; modifying temporary permit information requirements for
snowmobiles; amending Minnesota Statutes 2006, sections 84.788, subdivision
3; 84.82, subdivision 2, by adding a subdivision; 84.922, subdivision 2;
86B.401, subdivision 2; Minnesota Statutes 2007 Supplement, section 84.8205,
subdivision 1.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 84.788, subdivision 3, is amended to read:


Subd. 3.

Application; issuance; reports.

(a) Application for registration or
continued registration must be made to the commissioner or an authorized deputy registrar
of motor vehicles in a form prescribed by the commissioner. The form must state the name
and address of every owner of the off-highway motorcycle.

(b) A person who purchases from a retail dealer an off-highway motorcycle shall
make application for registration to the dealer at the point of sale. The dealer shall issue a
dealer temporary deleted text beginten-daydeleted text endnew text begin 21-daynew text end registration permit to each purchaser who applies to the
dealer for registration. The dealer shall submit the completed registration applications and
fees to the deputy registrar at least once each week. No fee may be charged by a dealer to
a purchaser for providing the temporary permit.

(c) Upon receipt of the application and the appropriate fee, the commissioner
or deputy registrar shall issue to the applicant, or provide to the dealer, an assigned
registration number or a commissioner or deputy registrar temporary deleted text beginten-daydeleted text endnew text begin 21-daynew text end
permit. Once issued, the registration number must be affixed to the motorcycle according
to paragraph (f). A dealer subject to paragraph (b) shall provide the registration materials
or temporary permit to the purchaser within the deleted text beginten-daydeleted text endnew text begin 21-daynew text end temporary permit period.

(d) The commissioner shall develop a registration system to register vehicles under
this section. A deputy registrar of motor vehicles acting under section 168.33, is also a
deputy registrar of off-highway motorcycles. The commissioner of natural resources
in agreement with the commissioner of public safety may prescribe the accounting
and procedural requirements necessary to ensure efficient handling of registrations
and registration fees. Deputy registrars shall strictly comply with the accounting and
procedural requirements.

(e) In addition to other fees prescribed by law, a filing fee of $4.50 is charged for
each off-highway motorcycle registration renewal, duplicate or replacement registration
card, and replacement decal and a filing fee of $7 is charged for each off-highway
motorcycle registration and registration transfer issued by:

(1) a deputy registrar and must be deposited in the treasury of the jurisdiction where
the deputy is appointed, or kept if the deputy is not a public official; or

(2) the commissioner and must be deposited in the state treasury and credited to the
off-highway motorcycle account.

(f) Unless exempted in paragraph (g), the owner of an off-highway motorcycle must
display a registration decal issued by the commissioner. If the motorcycle is licensed as
a motor vehicle, a registration decal must be affixed on the upper left corner of the rear
license plate. If the motorcycle is not licensed as a motor vehicle, the decal must be
attached on the side of the motorcycle and may be attached to the fork tube. The decal
must be attached in a manner so that it is visible while a rider is on the motorcycle. The
issued decals must be of a size to work within the constraints of the electronic licensing
system, not to exceed three inches high and three inches wide.

(g) Display of a registration decal is not required for an off-highway motorcycle:

(1) while being operated on private property; or

(2) while competing in a closed-course competition event.

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 84.82, subdivision 2, is amended to read:


Subd. 2.

Application, issuance, reports, additional fee.

(a) Application for
registration or reregistration shall be made to the commissioner or an authorized deputy
registrar of motor vehicles in a format prescribed by the commissioner and shall state the
legal name and address of every owner of the snowmobile.

(b) A person who purchases a snowmobile from a retail dealer shall make
application for registration to the dealer at the point of sale. The dealer shall issue a dealer
temporary deleted text beginten-daydeleted text endnew text begin 21-daynew text end registration permit to each purchaser who applies to the dealer
for registration. new text beginThe temporary permit must contain the dealer's identification number and
phone number.
new text endEach retail dealer shall submit completed registration and fees to the
deputy registrar at least once a week. No fee may be charged by a dealer to a purchaser for
providing the temporary permit.

(c) Upon receipt of the application and the appropriate fee as hereinafter provided,
the commissioner or deputy registrar shall issue to the applicant, or provide to the dealer,
an assigned registration number or a commissioner or deputy registrar temporary deleted text beginten-daydeleted text endnew text begin
21-day
new text end permit. Once issued, the registration number must be affixed to the snowmobile in
a clearly visible and permanent manner for enforcement purposes as the commissioner
of natural resources shall prescribe. A dealer subject to paragraph (b) shall provide the
registration materials or temporary permit to the purchaser within the temporary deleted text beginten-daydeleted text endnew text begin
21-day
new text end permit period. The registration is not valid unless signed by at least one owner.new text begin
The temporary permit must indicate whether a snowmobile state trail sticker under section
84.8205 was purchased.
new text end

(d) Each deputy registrar of motor vehicles acting pursuant to section 168.33, shall
also be a deputy registrar of snowmobiles. The commissioner of natural resources in
agreement with the commissioner of public safety may prescribe the accounting and
procedural requirements necessary to assure efficient handling of registrations and
registration fees. Deputy registrars shall strictly comply with these accounting and
procedural requirements.

(e) A fee of $2 in addition to that otherwise prescribed by law shall be charged for:

(1) each snowmobile registered by the registrar or a deputy registrar and the
additional fee shall be disposed of in the manner provided in section 168.33, subdivision
2
; or

(2) each snowmobile registered by the commissioner and the additional fee shall
be deposited in the state treasury and credited to the snowmobile trails and enforcement
account in the natural resources fund.

Sec. 3.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 84.82, is amended by adding a subdivision to
read:


new text begin Subd. 3a. new text end

new text begin Expiration. new text end

new text begin All snowmobile registrations, excluding temporary
registration permits, required under this section expire June 30 of the year of expiration.
new text end

Sec. 4.

Minnesota Statutes 2007 Supplement, section 84.8205, subdivision 1, is
amended to read:


Subdivision 1.

Sticker required; fee.

(a) Except as provided in paragraph (b), a
person may not operate a snowmobile on a state or grant-in-aid snowmobile trail unless a
snowmobile state trail sticker is affixed to the snowmobile. The commissioner of natural
resources shall issue a sticker upon application and payment of a $15 fee. The fee for a
three-year snowmobile state trail sticker that is purchased at the time of snowmobile
registration is $30. In addition to other penalties prescribed by law, a person in violation
of this subdivision must purchase an annual state trail sticker for a fee of $30. The sticker
is valid from November 1 through deleted text beginAprildeleted text endnew text begin Junenew text end 30. Fees collected under this section, except
for the issuing fee for licensing agents, shall be deposited in the state treasury and credited
to the snowmobile trails and enforcement account in the natural resources fund and,
except for the electronic licensing system commission established by the commissioner
under section 84.027, subdivision 15, must be used for grants-in-aid, trail maintenance,
grooming, and easement acquisition.

(b) A state trail sticker is not required under this section for:

(1) a snowmobile owned by the state or a political subdivision of the state that is
registered under section 84.82, subdivision 5;

(2) a snowmobile that is owned and used by the United States, another state, or
a political subdivision thereof that is exempt from registration under section 84.82,
subdivision 6;

(3) a collector snowmobile that is operated as provided in a special permit issued for
the collector snowmobile under section 84.82, subdivision 7a;

(4) a person operating a snowmobile only on the portion of a trail that is owned by
the person or the person's spouse, child, or parent; or

(5) a snowmobile while being used to groom a state or grant-in-aid trail.

Sec. 5.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 84.922, subdivision 2, is amended to read:


Subd. 2.

Application, issuance, reports.

(a) Application for registration or
continued registration shall be made to the commissioner or an authorized deputy registrar
of motor vehicles in a form prescribed by the commissioner. The form must state the name
and address of every owner of the vehicle.

(b) A person who purchases an all-terrain vehicle from a retail dealer shall make
application for registration to the dealer at the point of sale. The dealer shall issue a dealer
temporary deleted text beginten-daydeleted text endnew text begin 21-daynew text end registration permit to each purchaser who applies to the dealer
for registration. The dealer shall submit the completed registration application and fees
to the deputy registrar at least once each week. No fee may be charged by a dealer to a
purchaser for providing the temporary permit.

(c) Upon receipt of the application and the appropriate fee, the commissioner
or deputy registrar shall issue to the applicant, or provide to the dealer, an assigned
registration number or a commissioner or deputy registrar temporary deleted text beginten-daydeleted text endnew text begin 21-daynew text end
permit. Once issued, the registration number must be affixed to the vehicle in a manner
prescribed by the commissioner. A dealer subject to paragraph (b) shall provide the
registration materials or temporary permit to the purchaser within the deleted text beginten-daydeleted text endnew text begin 21-daynew text end
temporary permit period. The commissioner shall use the snowmobile registration system
to register vehicles under this section.

(d) Each deputy registrar of motor vehicles acting under section 168.33, is also
a deputy registrar of all-terrain vehicles. The commissioner of natural resources in
agreement with the commissioner of public safety may prescribe the accounting and
procedural requirements necessary to assure efficient handling of registrations and
registration fees. Deputy registrars shall strictly comply with the accounting and
procedural requirements.

(e) In addition to other fees prescribed by law, a filing fee of $4.50 is charged
for each all-terrain vehicle registration renewal, duplicate or replacement registration
card, and replacement decal and a filing fee of $7 is charged for each all-terrain vehicle
registration and registration transfer issued by:

(1) a deputy registrar and shall be deposited in the treasury of the jurisdiction where
the deputy is appointed, or retained if the deputy is not a public official; or

(2) the commissioner and shall be deposited to the state treasury and credited to the
all-terrain vehicle account in the natural resources fund.

Sec. 6.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 86B.401, subdivision 2, is amended to read:


Subd. 2.

Temporary certificate.

A person who applies for a watercraft license may
be issued a temporary license certificate to operate the watercraft. The temporary license
certificate is valid for deleted text beginthe period of time specified by the commissionerdeleted text endnew text begin 21 daysnew text end.

Sec. 7. new text beginRULES.
new text end

new text begin The commissioner of natural resources shall adopt rules in compliance with the
requirements of sections 1 to 6. The rules required by this section are exempt from
the rulemaking provisions of Minnesota Statutes, chapter 14. The rules are subject to
Minnesota Statutes, section 14.386, except that notwithstanding Minnesota Statutes,
section 14.386, paragraph (b), the rules continue in effect until repealed or superseded
by other law or rule.
new text end