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    Subdivision 1. Contents; notice given within five days. When an impounded vehicle is
taken into custody, the unit of government or impound lot operator taking it into custody shall give
notice of the taking within five days. The notice shall (1) set forth the date and place of the taking,
the year, make, model and serial number of the impounded motor vehicle if such information
can be reasonably obtained and the place where the vehicle is being held, (2) inform the owner
and any lienholders of their right to reclaim the vehicle under section 168B.07, and (3) state that
failure of the owner or lienholders to exercise their right to reclaim the vehicle and contents within
the appropriate time allowed under section 168B.051, subdivision 1, 1a, or 2, shall be deemed
a waiver by them of all right, title, and interest in the vehicle and contents and a consent to the
transfer of title to and disposal or sale of the vehicle and contents pursuant to section 168B.08.
    Subd. 2. Notice by mail or publication. The notice shall be sent by mail to the registered
owner, if any, of an impounded vehicle and to all readily identifiable lienholders of record. The
department shall make this information available to impound lot operators for notification
purposes. If it is impossible to determine with reasonable certainty the identity and address of
the registered owner and all lienholders, the notice shall be published once in a newspaper of
general circulation in the area where the motor vehicle was towed from or abandoned. Published
notices may be grouped together for convenience and economy.
    Subd. 3. Unauthorized vehicle; notice. If an unauthorized vehicle remains unclaimed after
30 days from the date the notice was sent under subdivision 2, a second notice shall be sent by
certified mail, return receipt requested, to the registered owner, if any, of the unauthorized vehicle
and to all readily identifiable lienholders of record.
History: 1971 c 734 s 6; 1973 c 649 s 3; 1995 c 137 s 4; 1997 c 70 s 1; 1997 c 108 s 3