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CHAPTER 168C. Bicycle registration

Table of Sections
SectionHeadnote
168C.01Policy statement.
168C.02Definitions.
168C.03Registration application.
168C.04Registration requirements, fee, account, appropriation.
168C.05Report of transfer.
168C.06Notification of change of address.
168C.07License and registration; replacement fee.
168C.08Altering serial number; penalty.
168C.09Theft; penalty.
168C.10Tampering; penalty.
168C.11Deputy registrars of bicycles.
168C.12Administration; rules.
168C.13Registration by political subdivision.

168C.01 Policy statement.

The legislature of the state of Minnesota finds that the use of bicycles as a means of travel and recreation embodying physical, environmental and social benefits is already recognized by many people in the state, and will be further encouraged given the opportunity for safe, convenient and pleasant bicycle travel. The legislature further finds that dependence on the private automobile must be reduced, particularly in the light of an energy shortage and encouragement of increased bicycle usage by the provision and maintenance of bikeways and with the addition of some traffic laws designed for the orderly integration of bicycles into traffic systems, is a way of reducing this dependence. However, the growth in popularity of the bicycle as a mode of transportation and as a recreational vehicle has led to an increase in the number of bicycle thefts. To more effectively deal with the problems associated with theft and to aid in the recovery of stolen bicycles, a statewide bicycle registration system is hereby created.

HIST: 1976 c 199 s 1

168C.02 Definitions.

Subdivision 1. Scope. For purposes of this chapter, the terms defined in this section have the meanings given them.

Subd. 2. Bicycle. "Bicycle" means every device propelled by human power upon which a person may ride, having two tandem wheels either of which is over 14 inches in diameter, or any device generally recognized as a bicycle though equipped with two front or rear wheels, or a unicycle.

Subd. 3. Bicycle dealer. "Bicycle dealer" means a person, firm, partnership, association, or corporation which is engaged, wholly or partly, in the business of selling bicycles, or buying or taking in trade bicycles for the purpose of resale, selling, or offering for sale, or otherwise dealing in bicycles, whether or not the bicycles are owned by the person or entity. The term does not include agents or employees of the person or entity.

Subd. 4. Commissioner. "Commissioner" means the commissioner of public safety.

Subd. 5. License. "License" means a tag, plate, seal, sticker, or other device that can be securely attached to a bicycle and that is issued upon registration of the bicycle.

HIST: 1976 c 199 s 2; 1977 c 41 s 1; 2002 c 371 art 1 s 30,31

168C.03 Registration application.

On or after March 1, 1977 any owner of a bicycle may apply for registration of the bicycle to the commissioner, to any deputy registrar of motor vehicles acting pursuant to section 168.33, or to any deputy registrar of bicycles appointed by the commissioner pursuant to section 168C.11. Applications must be in a format prescribed by the commissioner and contain information required by the commissioner to license a bicycle. The commissioner shall designate a number to be stamped or otherwise permanently affixed on the frames of bicycles on which no serial number can be found, or on which the number is illegible or insufficient for identification purposes.

HIST: 1976 c 199 s 3; 1977 c 41 s 2; 2002 c 371 art 1 s 32

168C.04 Registration requirements, fee, account, appropriation.

Subdivision 1. Three-year registration fee; procedures. The registration fee for bicycles is $9 after July 1, 1991. These fees must be paid at the time of registration. The fees, and any donations in excess of the fees, must be deposited in a bicycle transportation account in the special revenue fund. Proof of ownership is required for registration. Bicycles lacking proof of ownership may be registered if there is no evidence that the bicycle is stolen. The registration is valid for three calendar years. A person registering a bicycle may add an additional amount to the registration fee, and all amounts so added must be deposited in the same manner as registration fees. A person registering a bicycle must, at the time of registration, be informed that a registrant may add an additional amount to the fee and that all such additional amounts will be used for the purposes specified in subdivision 2.

Subd. 2. Bicycle transportation account; money allocated. A bicycle transportation account is created in the special revenue fund. All funds in the account, up to a maximum of $160,000 in a fiscal year, are annually appropriated as follows:

(1) one-half to the commissioner of transportation for the development of bicycle transportation and recreational facilities on public highways, including but not limited to bicycle lanes and ways on highways, off-road bicycle trails, and bicycle mapping; and

(2) one-half to the commissioner of public safety for bicycle safety programs, administration of the bicycle registration program, and public information and education designed to encourage participation in the program.

Subd. 3. Considerations before money distributed. An agency of the state expending funds from the bicycle transportation account must, in making expenditures for the purposes of subdivision 2, paragraph (c), give consideration to participation or nonparticipation by a political subdivision in the bicycle registration program as provided in section 168C.13 and the extent of local public participation in the program before approving a project or expenditure in that political subdivision.

Subd. 4. Repealed by amendment, 1991 c 233 s 59

HIST: 1976 c 199 s 4; 1984 c 572 s 1; 1986 c 444; 1991 c 233 s 59; 2002 c 371 art 1 s 33

168C.05 Report of transfer.

Every person who sells or transfers ownership of any bicycle registered pursuant to this chapter shall report the sale or transfer to the commissioner within 14 days of the sale or transfer. The report of sale must include the information required by the commissioner and be in the format prescribed by the commissioner.

HIST: 1976 c 199 s 5; 2002 c 371 art 1 s 34

168C.06 Notification of change of address.

Upon moving or change of address, the owner of a bicycle registered pursuant to this chapter shall notify the commissioner in the format and manner prescribed by the commissioner of the new address within 14 days.

HIST: 1976 c 199 s 6; 1986 c 444; 2002 c 371 art 1 s 35

168C.07 License and registration; replacement fee.

(a) The commissioner shall provide to the registrant a suitable registration card that has the registration number stamped on the card and that indicates the date of registration, the make and serial number of the bicycle, the owner's name and address, and any additional information as the commissioner may require. The commissioner shall retain information concerning each registration.

(b) The commissioner shall issue a license, which must be securely attached to the bicycle covered by the registration.

(c) Upon a satisfactory showing that the license or registration card has been lost or destroyed, the commissioner shall issue a replacement license or registration card upon payment of a fee of $1. All fees so collected must be deposited to the general fund.

HIST: 1976 c 199 s 7; 1977 c 41 s 3; 2002 c 371 art 1 s 36

168C.08 Altering serial number; penalty.

A person shall not willfully remove, destroy, mutilate, or otherwise alter the serial number or equivalent number of any bicycle designated by the commissioner pursuant to section 168C.03. A person shall not willfully remove, destroy, mutilate, or otherwise alter any license during the time in which the license is operative. Any person who violates this section is guilty of a misdemeanor.

HIST: 1976 c 199 s 8; 2002 c 371 art 1 s 37

168C.09 Theft; penalty.

Subdivision 1. Reports; entry into crime information center. The local law enforcement agency shall report the theft of all bicycles registered pursuant to this chapter to the department of public safety within five days. Reports of the stolen bicycles must be entered in the Minnesota crime information center of the department of public safety. When the stolen bicycle has been recovered by a local law enforcement agency, the agency shall report the recovery to the department of public safety within five days of the recovery in the format and manner prescribed by the commissioner.

Subd. 2. Records. The commissioner shall maintain a record of all bicycles registered pursuant to this chapter in the state in an automated system. The records must be available to all authorized law enforcement agencies through the Minnesota crime information center.

Subd. 3. Violation and penalty. Any person who knowingly sells or offers for sale a bicycle registered under this chapter that is not owned by that person or a family member is guilty of theft and subject to punishment under section 609.52, subdivision 3.

HIST: 1976 c 199 s 9; 1986 c 444; 2002 c 371 art 1 s 38

168C.10 Tampering; penalty.

No person, other than the owner or the owner's authorized agent, except for protection of the bicycle, shall tamper with any bicycle which has been locked or placed in a rack or otherwise secured. Any person who violates the provision of this section is guilty of a misdemeanor.

HIST: 1976 c 199 s 10

168C.11 Deputy registrars of bicycles.

Subdivision 1. Appointment; service fee. (a) Subject to subdivision 2, the commissioner shall appoint as deputy registrars of bicycles any bicycle dealer, or agent or employee of the dealer, or agent or employee of a nonprofit organization promoting bicycling or in whose activities bicycling plays an integral part, or an agent or employee designated by a municipality that sells bicycles at public auction who applies for appointment in a manner prescribed by the commissioner; provided that concurrently there may be no more than one deputy for each separate place of business of a bicycle dealer. Deputy registrars of bicycles shall act as agents of the commissioner and may accept registrations as provided in this chapter.

(b) The commissioner, deputy registrars of motor vehicles, and deputy registrars of bicycles may charge and retain an additional $1 per registration granted for their services. In the case of a deputy registrar of motor vehicles, the $1 must be deposited in the treasury of the place for which the deputy registrar is appointed, or if not a public official the deputy registrar shall retain the filing fee. Other registration fees collected by the commissioner, deputy registrars of motor vehicles, and deputy registrars of bicycles must be processed, accounted for, and transmitted to the state treasurer as required by the commissioner.

Subd. 2. Denial, suspension, or revocation of appointment. The commissioner, without prior notice or hearing, may issue an order denying, suspending, or revoking any appointment made or applied for pursuant to this section upon finding that the applicant or deputy registrar of bicycles has violated or failed to comply with any provision of this chapter or any rule adopted under the authority of this chapter. Upon the entry of such an order, the commissioner shall promptly serve a copy of the order on the applicant or deputy registrar of bicycles. The order must state the reasons for its issuance and, in the case of a suspension or revocation of appointment, must specify that upon the written request of the deputy registrar of bicycles the matter will be set for hearing within 15 days after the receipt of the request; provided, that with the consent of the deputy registrar of bicycles a hearing may be held subsequent to the expiration of the 15-day period. If no hearing is requested, the order remains in effect until it is modified or vacated by the commissioner. If a hearing is requested, the commissioner, after notice and hearing in accordance with chapter 14, shall affirm, modify, or vacate the order.

HIST: 1976 c 199 s 11; 1977 c 41 s 4,5; 1981 c 363 s 25; 1982 c 424 s 130; 1984 c 572 s 2; 1986 c 444; 2002 c 371 art 1 s 39

168C.12 Administration; rules.

The commissioner shall adopt rules for the implementation and administration of this chapter. Nothing in this chapter prevents the commissioner from contracting any service provided under this chapter to any private person or entity or other unit of government.

HIST: 1976 c 199 s 12; 1977 c 41 s 6; 2002 c 371 art 1 s 40

168C.13 Registration by political subdivision.

Subdivision 1. Bicycle registration powers of political subdivision. No political subdivision may license or register bicycles except as a deputy registrar pursuant to section 168C.11, subdivision 1. However, any political subdivision that had the power of a deputy registrar before March 1, 1977, may thereafter require that any or all bicycles used or ridden upon any highway, street, alley, sidewalk, or other public way, or property within the boundaries of the public way, must be registered. Applications for new registrations required pursuant to this subdivision must be made to the commissioner in the same manner and subject to the same rules, fees, and penalties as those made voluntarily pursuant to section 168C.03.

Subd. 2. Records of registration; notice of transfers. Any political subdivision of the state which licensed or registered bicycles prior to March 1, 1977, may after such date, continue to maintain its licensing or registration records and may require the owner of record as of March 1, 1977, of any bicycle registered therewith on or prior to that date to notify the political subdivision upon selling or otherwise transferring ownership of the bicycle.

Subd. 3. Registration of impounded bicycles upon sale. A political subdivision that sells bicycles it has impounded may require that the purchaser of an impounded bicycle register the bicycle under section 168C.03 as a condition of the sale.

HIST: 1976 c 199 s 13; 1977 c 41 s 7; 1985 c 248 s 70; 1986 c 444; 2000 c 462 s 1; 2002 c 371 art 1 s 41