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                         Laws of Minnesota 1986 

                        CHAPTER 453-S.F.No. 1641 
           An act relating to motor vehicles; establishing a 
          system of registration of fleet vehicles; 
          appropriating money; amending Minnesota Statutes 1984, 
          section 168.011, by adding a subdivision; proposing 
          coding for new law in Minnesota Statutes, chapter 168. 
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA: 
    Section 1.  Minnesota Statutes 1984, section 168.011, is 
amended by adding a subdivision to read: 
    Subd. 34.  [FLEET.] "Fleet" means a combination of 1,000 or 
more vehicles and trailers owned by a person solely for the use 
of that person or employees of the person and registered in this 
state under section 2.  It does not include vehicles licensed 
under section 168.187. 
    Sec. 2.  [168.127] [FLEET VEHICLES; REGISTRATION, FEES.] 
    Subdivision 1.  [REGISTRATION CATEGORY.] A unique 
registration category is established for vehicles and trailers 
of a fleet.  Vehicles registered in the fleet must be issued a 
distinctive license plate.  The design and size of the fleet 
license plate must be determined by the commissioner.  
    Subd. 2.  [ANNUAL REGISTRATION PERIOD.] Instead of the 
registration period assigned for vehicles registered under 
sections 168.014, 168.017, and 168.12, subdivisions 1 and 2a, a 
person may register a fleet on an annual basis.  The annual 
registration period for vehicles in the fleet will be determined 
by the commissioner.  By January 1, the applicant must provide 
all information necessary to qualify as a fleet registrant 
including a list of all vehicles in the fleet.  On initial 
registration, all taxes and fees for vehicles in the fleet must 
be reassessed based on the expiration date.  Gross weights for 
fleet vehicles may not be changed during the registration period.
    Subd. 3.  [REGISTRATION CARDS ISSUED.] On approval of the 
application for fleet registration the commissioner must issue a 
registration card for each qualified vehicle in the fleet.  The 
registration card must be carried in the vehicle at all times 
and be made available to a peace officer on demand.  Validation 
stickers must be issued to vehicles registered by gross weight. 
    Subd. 4.  [FILING REGISTRATION APPLICATIONS.] Initial fleet 
applications for registration and renewals must be filed with 
the registrar or authorized representative at the main 
headquarters offices of the department of public safety in St. 
Paul.  
    Subd. 5.  [RENEWAL OF FLEET REGISTRATION.] On the renewal 
of a fleet registration the registrant shall pay full licensing 
fees for every vehicle registered in the preceding year unless 
the vehicle has been properly deleted from the fleet.  In order 
to delete a vehicle from a fleet, the fleet registrant must 
surrender to the commissioner the registration card, validation 
stickers, and license plates.  If the card, stickers, or license 
plates are lost or stolen, the fleet registrant shall submit a 
sworn statement stating the circumstances for the inability to 
surrender the card, stickers, and license plates.  The 
commissioner shall assess a penalty of 20 percent of the total 
tax due on the fleet against the fleet registrant who fails to 
renew the licenses issued under this section or fails to report 
the removal of vehicles from the fleet within 30 days.  The 
penalty must be paid within 30 days after it is assessed. 
    Subd. 6.  [FEES.] Instead of the $3.25 filing fee for each 
vehicle, the applicant shall pay a $3.25 administrative fee for 
each vehicle in the fleet.  The administrative fee must be 
deposited in the state treasury and credited to the highway user 
tax distribution fund.  A filing fee of $3.25 must be collected 
by the processing office for an application regardless of the 
number of vehicles listed. 
    Sec. 3.  [APPROPRIATION.] 
    $10,350 is appropriated from the highway user tax 
distribution fund to the commissioner of public safety to 
operate a system for fleet registration of vehicles. 
    Approved March 25, 1986