Amended in Assembly June 15, 2016

Amended in Assembly May 31, 2016

Amended in Assembly June 23, 2015

Amended in Senate June 1, 2015

Amended in Senate April 7, 2015

Senate BillNo. 773


Introduced by Senator Allen

February 27, 2015


An act to add Section 5204.5 to, and to add and repeal Section 4024 of, the Vehicle Code, relating to vehicle registration.

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL’S DIGEST

SB 773, as amended, Allen. Vehicles: registration fraud.

Existing law prohibits a person from driving, moving, or leaving standing upon a highway, or in an offstreet public parking facility, any motor vehicle, trailer, semitrailer, pole or pipe dolly, or logging dolly, unless it is registered and the appropriate fees have been paid, except as specified. Existing law makes it a felony for a person who, with the intent to prejudice, damage, or defraud, alters, forges, counterfeits, or falsifies a registration card or who utters, publishes, passes, or attempts to pass, as true and genuine, a false, altered, forged, or counterfeited registration card knowing it to be false, altered, forged, or counterfeited.

This bill would, until January 1,begin delete 2020,end deletebegin insert 2021,end insert request the University of California to conduct a study on motor vehicle registration fraud and failure to register a motor vehicle, and would require the study to include specified information, including quantification of the magnitude of the problem, the costs to the state and local governments in lost revenues, and recommended strategies for increasing compliance with registration requirements. The bill would require the Department of Motor Vehicles to enter into an agreement with the University of California to share its vehicle registration information for purposes of conducting the study and would require the Department of the California Highway Patrol to provide specified information to the University of California researchers who are conducting the study. The bill would request the University of California to post a report of the study on its Internet Web site no later than January 1,begin delete 2017.end deletebegin insert 2018.end insert

Existing law specifies requirements for the form and display of month and year vehicle registration tabs.

This bill would require the Department of Motor Vehicles to post on its Internet Web site, and any other appropriate online venue used by the department for public outreach, detailed instructions for motorists that describe how to prevent theft of those tabs.

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no.

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:

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SECTION 1.  

(a) The Legislature finds and declares all of the
2following:

3(1) Motor vehicle registration fraud and failure to register a
4motor vehicle are both illegal and fundamentally unfair to the vast
5majority of Californians who comply with registration
6requirements. These crimes rob the state and local governments
7of millions of dollars of revenues needed for vital purposes, such
8as transportation projects, supporting the Department of the
9California Highway Patrol, deterring auto theft, enforcing laws
10prohibiting driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs,
11removing abandoned vehicles, and many other socially desirable
12 programs.

13(2) Motor vehicle registration fraud and failure to register a
14motor vehicle also have significant public health consequences
15and contribute disproportionately to motor vehicle emissions
16because many individuals committing registration fraud have gross
17emitting vehicles and are deliberately circumventing the inspection
18and maintenance program.

P3    1(3) Motor vehicle registration fraud and failure to register a
2motor vehicle also significantly increase insurance costs for
3law-abiding citizens.

4(4) It is in the public interest to have motor vehicle owners
5comply with existing registration laws.

6(b) Therefore, it is the intent of the Legislature to encourage
7motorists to register their vehicles in accordance with existing law.

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SEC. 2.  

Section 4024 is added to the Vehicle Code, to read:

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4024.  

(a) The University of California is requested to conduct
10a study on motor vehicle registration fraud and failure to register
11a motor vehicle. The study shall include all of the following:

12(1) Quantification of the magnitude of the problem.

13(2) The strategies being used by motorists to commit motor
14vehicle registration fraud.

15(3) The reasons for the behaviors of motorists who commit fraud
16in registration of, or who fail to register, their motor vehicles.

17(4) The costs to the state and local governments in lost revenues.

18(5) Increases in air pollution.

19(6) Other costs and consequences of these behaviors.

20(7) Recommended strategies for increasing compliance with
21registration requirements.

22(b) The Department of Motor Vehicles shall enter into an
23agreement with the University of California to share its vehicle
24registration information with the University of California
25researchers for the purposes of conducting the study. The
26Department of the California Highway Patrol shall share
27information onbegin delete theirend deletebegin insert itsend insert efforts to combat registration fraud,
28including the CHEATERS program, with the University of
29California researchers who are conducting the study.

30(c) The University of California is requested to post a report of
31the study on its Internet Web site no later than January 1,begin delete 2017.end delete
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33(d) This section shall remain in effect only until January 1,begin delete 2020,end delete
34begin insert 2021,end insert and as of that date is repealed, unless a later enacted statute,
35that is enacted before January 1,begin delete 2020,end deletebegin insert 2021,end insert deletes or extends
36that date.

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SEC. 3.  

Section 5204.5 is added to the Vehicle Code, to read:

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5204.5.  

The department shall post on its Internet Web site, and
39any other appropriate online venue used by the department for
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2how to prevent theft of the tabs described in Section 5204.



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