286-57 Unlawful removal of motor vehicles from State. (a) It shall be unlawful for any person to remove, attempt to remove, cause to be removed, or assist in so doing, any motor vehicle registered pursuant to this part from the State to any other place away from the State, unless the person is the legal owner of the vehicle or has first obtained written authorization from the legal owner of the vehicle.

(b) No person owning or having control of any vessel, airplane, or other means of transportation, and no agent or employee of the person, shall transport any vehicle from the State to any other place away from the State, or accept any vehicle for the transportation, or deliver any bill of lading, order, or other written instrument authorizing the transportation, unless the person requesting the transportation:

(1) Produces a certificate of ownership and a current certificate of registration showing that the person is the legal owner of the vehicle; or

(2) Produces, if the person is not the legal owner of the vehicle, a current certificate of registration showing that the person is the registered owner of the vehicle and, in addition, obtains the written consent of the legal owner of the vehicle to the transportation.

(c) No person owning or having control of any vessel, airplane, or other means of transportation, and no agent or employee of the person, shall transport any used vehicle between the counties or from the State to any other place away from the State, unless, in addition to any other requirements, the person records by physical inspection the vehicle identification number (VIN) of the vehicle and maintains a record of the transporting of the vehicle along with the description and vehicle identification number (VIN) for a period of not less than three years.

(d) This section shall not apply to any motor vehicle rental company as defined in section 431:9A-141 that periodically ships in quantities of ten vehicles or more.

(e) Records maintained as required above, and all other records and receipts relating to the exportation of vehicles shall be available for inspection by the federal, state, or county police agencies during normal business hours. [L 1935, c 106, 1; RL 1945, 7347; am L 1951, c 162, 7; RL 1955, 160-15; HRS 286-57; am L 1969, c 246, 1; am L 1977, c 142, 1; gen ch 1985; am L 2003, c 26, 2]

 

Cross References

 

Inter-island shipping of vehicles, see 286-271.

 

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