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S.F. No. 23 - Start Seeing Motorcycles Special License Plates
Author: Senator David J. Osmek
Prepared By: Krista Boyd, Senate Fiscal Analyst (651/296-7681)
Date: February 21, 2017


This bill requires the commissioner of public safety to issue special “Start Seeing Motorcycles” license plates, and creates a new section of statute establishing the plates.

Subdivision 1. [Issuance of plates.] The commissioner must issue plates to an applicant who is the registered owner of a vehicle, pays the registration tax and other fees required under current law, and complies with laws governing registration of motor vehicles and licensing of drivers. An applicant must pay an additional $10 for each set of plates, and must make a $10 minimum annual contribution to the motorcycle safety fund.

Subdivision 2 [Design.] This subdivision directs American Bikers for Awareness, Training, and Education of Minnesota to design the plates, subject to approval by the commissioner of public safety.

Subdivision 3. [Plates transfer.] The plates may be transferred to another vehicle owned by the person to whom the plates were issued, upon payment of $5 transfer fee.

Subdivision 4. [Exemption.]  Submission of a request to the commissioner to issue the plates is not required. 

Subdivision 5. [Fees.]  Fees collected under this Act, except the donation to the motorcycle safety fund, are credited to the vehicle services operating account in the special revenue fund.

Subdivision 4. [No refund.]  Contributions made under this Act must not be refunded. 

EFFECTIVE DATE. This Act is effective January 1, 2018, for plates issued on or after that date.

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