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Section 168.33

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168.33 COMMISSIONER AS REGISTRAR OF VEHICLES; DEPUTY REGISTRARS.
    Subdivision 1. Commissioner's duties and powers, generally. The commissioner of
public safety is the registrar of vehicles of the state of Minnesota, and shall exercise all the
powers granted to and perform all the duties imposed by this chapter. The commissioner of
public safety is authorized to obtain information about all vehicles subject to taxation under
this chapter upon which the tax has not been paid, and to present suitable complaints to courts
of competent jurisdiction.
    Subd. 2. Deputy registrars. (a) The commissioner may appoint, and for cause discontinue, a
deputy registrar for any statutory or home rule charter city as the public interest and convenience
may require, without regard to whether the county auditor of the county in which the city is
situated has been appointed as the deputy registrar for the county or has been discontinued as
the deputy registrar for the county, and without regard to whether the county in which the city is
situated has established a county license bureau that issues motor vehicle licenses as provided in
section 373.32.
(b) The commissioner may appoint, and for cause discontinue, a deputy registrar for any
statutory or home rule charter city as the public interest and convenience may require, if the
auditor for the county in which the city is situated chooses not to accept appointment as the deputy
registrar for the county or is discontinued as a deputy registrar, or if the county in which the city is
situated has not established a county license bureau that issues motor vehicle licenses as provided
in section 373.32. The individual appointed by the commissioner as a deputy registrar for any
statutory or home rule charter city must be a resident of the county in which the city is situated.
(c) The commissioner may appoint, and for cause discontinue, the county auditor of each
county as a deputy registrar.
(d) Despite any other provision, a person other than a county auditor or a director of a county
license bureau, who was appointed by the registrar before August 1, 1976, as a deputy registrar
for any statutory or home rule charter city, may continue to serve as deputy registrar and may be
discontinued for cause only by the commissioner. The county auditor who appointed the deputy
registrars is responsible for the acts of deputy registrars appointed by the auditor.
(e) Each deputy, before entering upon the discharge of duties, shall take and subscribe an
oath to faithfully discharge the duties and to uphold the laws of the state.
(f) If a deputy registrar appointed under this subdivision is not an officer or employee of a
county or statutory or home rule charter city, the deputy shall in addition give bond to the state in
the sum of $10,000, or a larger sum as may be required by the commissioner, conditioned upon
the faithful discharge of duties as deputy registrar.
(g) Until January 1, 2012, a corporation governed by chapter 302A may be appointed a
deputy registrar. Upon application by an individual serving as a deputy registrar and the giving
of the requisite bond as provided in this subdivision, personally assured by the individual or
another individual approved by the commissioner, a corporation named in an application then
becomes the duly appointed and qualified successor to the deputy registrar. The appointment of
any corporation as a deputy registrar expires January 1, 2012. The commissioner shall appoint an
individual as successor to the corporation as a deputy registrar. The commissioner shall appoint as
the successor agent to a corporation whose appointment expires under this paragraph an officer of
the corporation if the officer applies for appointment before July 1, 2012.
(h) Each deputy registrar appointed under this subdivision shall keep and maintain office
locations approved by the commissioner for the registration of vehicles and the collection of
taxes and fees on vehicles.
(i) The deputy registrar shall keep records and make reports to the commissioner as the
commissioner requires. The records must be maintained at the offices of the deputy registrar. The
records and offices of the deputy registrar must at all times be open to the inspection of the
commissioner or the commissioner's agents. The deputy registrar shall report to the commissioner
by the next working day following receipt all registrations made and taxes and fees collected by
the deputy registrar.
(j) The filing fee imposed under subdivision 7 must be deposited in the treasury of the
place for which appointed or, if not a public official, a deputy shall retain the filing fee, but the
registration tax and any additional fees for delayed registration the deputy registrar has collected
the deputy registrar shall deposit by the next working day following receipt in an approved state
depository to the credit of the state through the commissioner of finance. The place for which the
deputy registrar is appointed through its governing body must provide the deputy registrar with
facilities and personnel to carry out the duties imposed by this subdivision if the deputy is a public
official. In all other cases, the deputy shall maintain a suitable facility for serving the public.
    Subd. 2a. Deputy registrars, continuation in office. Persons serving as deputy registrars on
July 1, 1970, shall continue to hold office until a successor is duly appointed and qualifies.
    Subd. 2b. Deputy registrars, employment status. (a) Deputy registrars, and their
employees, who retain the filing fee in lieu of a salary, shall, after July 1, 1971, be considered
as independent contractors for pension purposes, and ineligible because of such service for
coverage under the Minnesota State Retirement System or membership in the Public Employees
Retirement Association.
(b) Those deputy registrars as defined in this subdivision who are covered by the Minnesota
State Retirement System on June 30, 1971, may terminate coverage on July 1, 1971, or continue
coverage until termination of state service. The form of this option and the time for filing must
be as prescribed by the board of directors of the system. Those choosing to continue coverage
shall provide from the filing fees retained the employee and employer contributions as required
by chapter 352.
    Subd. 3.[Renumbered 168.0185]
    Subd. 4.[Repealed, 1996 c 435 s 18]
    Subd. 5.[Repealed, 1996 c 435 s 18]
    Subd. 6. Application. Every deputy registrar shall use application forms or formats as
prescribed by or approved by the commissioner.
    Subd. 7. Filing fees; allocations. (a) In addition to all other statutory fees and taxes, a
filing fee of:
(1) $4.50 is imposed on every vehicle registration renewal, excluding pro rate transactions;
and
(2) $8.50 is imposed on every other type of vehicle transaction, including pro rate
transactions;
except that a filing fee may not be charged for a document returned for a refund or for a correction
of an error made by the Department of Public Safety, a dealer, or a deputy registrar. The filing fee
must be shown as a separate item on all registration renewal notices sent out by the commissioner.
No filing fee or other fee may be charged for the permanent surrender of a title for a vehicle.
(b) All of the fees collected under paragraph (a), clause (1), by the department, must be paid
into the vehicle services operating account in the special revenue fund under section 299A.705.
Of the fee collected under paragraph (a), clause (2), by the department, $3.50 must be paid into
the general fund with the remainder deposited into the vehicle services operating account in the
special revenue fund under section 299A.705.
    Subd. 8. Disability certificates. The commissioner shall allow deputy registrars to
implement and follow procedures for processing applications and accepting and remitting fee
payments for disability certificates issued under section 169.345, subdivision 3c, that are identical
or substantially similar to the procedures required by law or rule for vehicle registration and
titling transactions.
    Subd. 8a. Electronic transmission. If the commissioner accepts electronic transmission of a
motor vehicle transfer and registration by a new or used motor vehicle dealer, a deputy registrar
who is equipped with electronic transmission technology and trained in its use shall receive the
filing fee provided for in subdivision 7 and review the transfer of each new or used motor vehicle
to determine its genuineness and regularity before issuance of a certificate of title, and shall
receive and retain the filing fee under subdivision 7, paragraph (a), clause (ii).
    Subd. 9. Rules. The commissioner may adopt rules for administering and enforcing section
168.0185 and this section.
History: (2693) 1921 c 461 s 22; 1923 c 418 s 22; 1927 c 340 s 1; 1939 c 259 s 1; 1949 c
131 s 1; 1949 c 132 s 1; 1951 c 384 s 1; 1957 c 82 s 1; 1965 c 45 s 9; 1969 c 540 s 9; 1969 c 1129
art 1 s 15-17; 1971 c 58 s 1; 1971 c 625 s 1,3; 1971 c 853 s 13; 1973 c 123 art 5 s 7; 1973 c 375 s
1; 1975 c 146 s 1; 1976 c 181 s 2; 1976 c 281 s 1,2; 1977 c 327 s 2,3; 1979 c 329 s 3; 1981 c 357
s 59; 1984 c 549 s 24; 1984 c 629 s 3; 1984 c 654 art 3 s 61; 1985 c 248 s 70; 1985 c 291 s 17;
1986 c 444; 1988 c 496 s 11; 1988 c 647 s 10; 1989 c 209 art 1 s 16; 1989 c 269 s 40,41; 1990 c
426 art 1 s 22; 1990 c 565 s 28; 1991 c 56 s 1; 1996 c 435 s 11; 1996 c 455 art 4 s 11; 1997 c 250
s 3; 2000 c 426 s 12; 1Sp2001 c 8 art 2 s 36; 2002 c 371 art 1 s 11,12; 2003 c 112 art 2 s 50; 2005
c 10 art 1 s 28; 2005 c 45 s 2,3; 2005 c 64 s 6; 1Sp2005 c 6 art 2 s 26,47; 2006 c 212 art 1 s 8