168.101 OWNERSHIP AND REGISTRATION BY MINOR; PROHIBITIONS.
Subdivision 1. Ownership by minor unlawful; exceptions.
Except as provided in this
subdivision it is unlawful for a person under the age of 18 to own a passenger automobile or
truck. A person who is under the age of 18 may own a passenger automobile or truck only if any
of the following conditions exist:
(1) the person has completed a driver training course approved by the commissioner of
public safety and has attained the age of 17;
(2) the person is a high school graduate and has attained the age of 17;
(3) the person is an employed, emancipated minor who holds a Minnesota driver's license;
(4) the person, before January 1, 1964, owns a passenger automobile or truck which is
registered in the person's name with the registrar of motor vehicles;
(5) the person became the owner of the passenger automobile or truck which the person
seeks to register in Minnesota while a resident of a foreign state, district, territory, or country,
and which passenger automobile or truck is duly registered in the person's name in such foreign
state, district, territory, or country.
Subd. 2. Unlawful transfer to minor.
Any person who knowingly sells or in any manner
knowingly transfers title of a passenger automobile or truck to a person who is prohibited from
owning a passenger automobile or truck under the provisions of subdivision 1 shall be guilty of
Subd. 2a. Failure to send to registrar within ten days.
Any person who fails to mail in the
application for registration or transfer with appropriate taxes and fees to the registrar of motor
vehicles or otherwise fails to submit said forms and remittance to the registrar within ten days
following date of sale shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.
Subd. 3. Proof by registrant of eligibility to own vehicle.
The registrar of motor vehicles
shall refuse to register a passenger automobile or truck unless the owner submits to the registrar, at
the time the owner files the first application for registration or transfer of a passenger automobile
or truck, a written and verified statement that the owner is 18 years of age or over or, if under
the age 18, is permitted by the provisions of subdivision 1 to own a passenger automobile or
truck. The statement of an applicant under the age of 18 also shall set forth the number of the
applicant's driver's license, or if the applicant has no driver's license the applicant shall so state.
The applicant shall make an oath or affirmation before an officer authorized by law to administer
oaths and affirmations that the statements made are correct and true. The registrar may prescribe a
form for the statement required by this subdivision, which form the registrar may make a part
of the application for registration or transfer.
Subd. 4. Misdemeanor violation.
A person who violates the provisions of this section is
guilty of a misdemeanor. The commissioner of public safety shall suspend, for not less than one
year, the driver's license of a person who, while under the age of 18, misrepresents the person's
age on the statement required by subdivision 3.
Subd. 5.[Repealed, 1989 c 140 s 14
History: 1963 c 580 s 1; 1965 c 178 s 1; 1967 c 55 s 1; 1969 c 1129 art 1 s 18; 1984 c 549
s 15; 1986 c 444; 1997 c 135 s 1