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360.59 AIRCRAFT REGISTRATION AND LISTING FOR TAXATION.
    Subdivision 1. Date of listing and application; form. Every owner of aircraft in this state,
except as exempted by sections 360.54 and 360.55, shall, before July 1, in each fiscal year
thereafter, or as soon after such date of becoming the owner thereof, file with the commissioner,
on a blank provided by the commissioner, a listing for taxation and application for the registration
of such aircraft, in such form and stating such information as the commissioner may require.
The said owner shall certify that the statements made are correct and true, and any false
statement willfully and knowingly made in regard thereto shall be deemed a perjury and punished
accordingly. The listing and application for registration by dealers or manufacturers' agents within
the state of aircraft received for sale or use within the state shall be accepted as compliance with
the requirements of sections 360.54 to 360.67 imposed upon the manufacturer.
    Subd. 2. Agent or lienor may list. Any act required herein of an owner may be performed in
the owner's behalf by a duly authorized agent. Any person having a lien upon, or claim to, any
aircraft may pay any tax due thereon to prevent the penalty for delayed registration from accruing,
but the registration certificate shall not be issued until legal ownership is definitely determined.
    Subd. 3. Issuance of certificate. The commissioner shall file such application and upon
approval thereof and upon payment of the aircraft tax as provided in sections 360.54 to 360.67,
together with all arrears and penalties, if any, and upon the delivery to the commissioner of the
duly endorsed registration certificate of the former owner, if any, or proof of loss provided in lieu
thereof, shall assign to it a distinctive number and issue to the owner a registration certificate
which shall contain the name, place of residence, with street and number, if in a city, and post
office address of the owner, a specific description of the aircraft, and the number assigned,
together with a place on the face of the certificate in which the owner shall immediately upon
receipt thereof place the owner's signature and on the reverse side thereof, an assignment and
notice of sale or termination of ownership with places for the signature of both seller and
purchaser, and a place for assignment of the tax that has been paid. The registration certificate
shall be retained by the owner until surrender as herein provided. In the case of listing and
registration by manufacturers' agents or dealers of aircraft not using the air space overlying
the state of Minnesota and the airports thereof no registration certificate shall be issued, but a
duplicate of such list may be retained by the dealer or manufacturer as the registration certificate.
    Subd. 4.[Repealed, 2005 c 41 s 21]
    Subd. 5. Commissioner to approve. The commissioner shall approve applications for
any aircraft. When an applicant is listing the same aircraft for taxation and registration for the
second and succeeding time the registration certificate issued for the prior year need not be
delivered to the commissioner; but in case of a transfer or sale the registration certificate therefor
issued or proof of loss thereof by sworn statement shall be delivered to the commissioner. The
commissioner shall be satisfied from the records that all taxes and fees due hereunder shall have
been paid, and endorsements upon said certificate or sworn proof of loss in writing signed by the
seller and purchaser, shall furnish proof that the applicant for registration is paying or receiving
credit for the tax upon the aircraft of which the applicant is the rightful possessor.
    Subd. 6. Expiration of registration certificate. The registered owner's right to the
registration certificate provided for herein and the right to use the number plates issued therewith
shall expire upon the termination of ownership of any person in the aircraft for which the same
was issued, and in any event at midnight on June 30 of the fiscal year for which the registration
certificate was issued.
    Subd. 7. Transfer of ownership. Upon the transfer of ownership; the destruction, theft, or
dismantling; or the permanent removal by the owner from this state, of any aircraft registered
in accordance with sections 360.511 to 360.67, the right of the owner of the aircraft to use the
registration certificate assigned the aircraft expires. The owner shall forthwith return the certificate
with transportation prepaid to the commissioner with a signed notice of the date and manner of
termination of ownership, giving the name and post office address, with street and number if in a
city, of the person to whom transferred. On becoming the owner by gift, trade, or purchase of any
aircraft for which a registration certificate has been issued under sections 360.511 to 360.67, a
person, including a dealer or manufacturer, shall, within seven days after acquiring ownership,
join with the registered owner in transmitting with an application the registration certificate with
the assignment and notice of sale duly executed upon the reverse side, or in case of loss of the
certificate, with such proof of loss by sworn statements in writing as shall be satisfactory to the
commissioner. Upon the transfer of any aircraft by a manufacturer or dealer, for use within the
state, whether by sale, lease, or otherwise, the manufacturer or dealer shall, within seven days
after the transfer, transmit the transferee's application for registration. The manufacturer or dealer
shall each month file with the commissioner a notice or report containing the date of the transfer,
a description of the aircraft, and the name, street and number of residence if in a city, and post
office address of the transferee.
    Subd. 8. Amendment, suspension, modification, revocation. All registrations are subject
to amendment, suspension, modification, or revocation by the commissioner summarily for any
violation of or neglect to comply with sections 360.511 to 360.67. In any case where the proper
registration of an aircraft is dependent upon procuring information entailing such delay as to
unreasonably deprive the owner of the use of the aircraft, the commissioner may issue a tax
receipt conditionally. In any case when revoking a registration for cause, the commissioner has
the authority to demand the return of the registration certificate.
    Subd. 9.[Repealed, 2005 c 41 s 21]
    Subd. 10. Certificate of insurance. (a) Every owner of aircraft in this state when
applying for registration, reregistration, or transfer of ownership shall supply any information
the commissioner reasonably requires to determine that the aircraft during the period of its
contemplated operation is covered by an insurance policy with limits of not less than $100,000
per passenger seat liability both for passenger bodily injury or death and for property damage; not
less than $100,000 for bodily injury or death to each nonpassenger in any one accident; and not
less than $300,000 per occurrence for bodily injury or death to nonpassengers in any one accident.
The information supplied to the commissioner must include but is not limited to the name and
address of the owner, the period of contemplated use or operation, if any, and, if insurance
coverage is then presently required, the name of the insurer, the insurance policy number, the term
of the coverage, policy limits, and any other data the commissioner requires. No certificate of
registration shall be issued pursuant to subdivision 3 in the absence of the information required
by this subdivision.
    (b) In the event of cancellation of aircraft insurance by the insurer, the insurer shall notify the
Department of Transportation at least ten days prior to the date on which the insurance coverage
is to be terminated. Unless proof of a new policy of insurance is filed with the department meeting
the requirements of this subdivision during the period of the aircraft's contemplated use or
operation, the registration certificate for the aircraft shall be revoked forthwith.
    (c) Nothing in this subdivision shall be construed to require an owner of aircraft to maintain
passenger seat liability coverage on aircraft for which an experimental certificate has been
issued by the administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration pursuant to Code of Federal
Regulations, title 14, sections 21.191 to 21.195 and 91.42, whereunder persons operating the
aircraft are prohibited from carrying passengers in the aircraft. Whenever the aircraft becomes
certificated to carry passengers, passenger seat liability coverage shall be required as provided in
this subdivision.
    (d) The requirements of this subdivision shall not apply to any aircraft built by the original
manufacturer prior to December 31, 1939 and owned and operated solely as a collector's item, if
the owner files an affidavit with the commissioner. The affidavit shall state the owner's name and
address, the name and address of the person from whom the aircraft was purchased, the make,
year, and model number of the aircraft, the federal aircraft registration number, the manufacturer's
identification number, and that the aircraft is owned and operated solely as a collector's item
and not for general transportation purposes.
History: 1945 c 411 s 9; 1949 c 161 s 7-9; 1957 c 146 s 2; 1957 c 147 s 1,2; 1965 c 161 s
10,11; 1969 c 929 s 1; 1969 c 1077 s 1; 1976 c 166 s 7; 1976 c 241 s 3; 1977 c 365 s 3; 1978 c
501 s 1; 1986 c 444; 2005 c 41 s 7-10; 2007 c 79 s 1
NOTE:The amendment to subdivision 10 by Laws 2007, chapter 79, section 1, is effective
January 1, 2009. Laws 2007, chapter 79, section 1, the effective date.