168.36 UNLAWFUL USE OF UNREGISTERED VEHICLES, REGISTRATION
Subdivision 1. Misdemeanor; use of vehicle or certificate.
Any person who shall use or
cause any motor vehicle to be used or operated in violation of the provisions of this chapter or
while a certificate of registration of a motor vehicle issued to the person is suspended or revoked,
or who shall knowingly deliver a motor vehicle to another to be used or operated in violation of
this chapter, or who shall violate any of the provisions thereof, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.
Subd. 2. Misdemeanor; use of plates or certificate.
Any person who shall loan or use any
number plate or registration certificate upon or in connection with any motor vehicle except the
one for which the same was duly issued, or upon any such motor vehicle after such certificate or
plates, or the right to use the same, have expired, or any person who shall retain in possession or
shall fail to surrender, as herein provided, any such number plate or registration certificate shall
be guilty of a misdemeanor. Any person who manufactures, buys, sells, uses or displays motor
vehicle license number plates, motor vehicle registration certificates, or tax receipts issued by this
state or any other state, territory or district in the United States, without proper authority from
such state, territory or district of the United States, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.
Subd. 3. Misdemeanor; use of altered plates or certificate.
Any person who shall deface or
alter any registration certificate or number plate or retain the same in possession after it has been
defaced or altered shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.
Subd. 4. Officer may seize registration plates.
If a peace officer stops a motor vehicle and
determines, through a check of the motor vehicle registration record system, that the vehicle is
being operated while the certificate of registration for the vehicle is revoked, the officer may
immediately seize the vehicle's registration plates and destroy the plates or return them to the
commissioner of public safety.
History: (2696, 2697, 2698) 1921 c 461 s 25-27; 1923 c 418 s 25-27; 1925 c 299 s 4; 1951
c 211 s 3; 1986 c 444; 1987 c 383 s 4; 1996 c 408 art 11 s 3