HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
THIRTY-FIRST LEGISLATURE, 2021
STATE OF HAWAII
A BILL FOR AN ACT
relating to registration of vehicles.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:
SECTION 1. Section 286-52, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended to read as follows:
"§286-52 Procedure when title of
vehicle transferred; delivery of certificate mandatory. (a) [
a transfer of] When transferring the title or interest of a legal
owner in or to a vehicle registered under this part, the person whose title or
interest is to be transferred and the transferee shall write their signatures
with pen and ink upon the certificate of ownership issued for the vehicle,
together with the address of the transferee in the appropriate space provided
upon the certificate[ .], and shall both appear in person before a clerk
at the respective county department of motor vehicles to execute such transfer.
If the transferor is not available to appear
in person the transferor shall complete the certificate of ownership, together with
the notice of transfer, and sign the certificate of ownership before a notary in
any state of the United States. The transferor
shall then select a representative to appear on the transferor's behalf. The transferee and the transferor's representative
shall both appear in person and present the notarized document at the respective
county department of motor vehicles when transferring such title to the transferee.
The transferee shall provide proof of identification
when executing the transfer. Licensed dealers
shall be exempt from the requirement to appear in person with the transferee.
Within] The requirements of subsection (a) shall be met within
thirty calendar days [ thereafter, the transferee shall forward the
certificate of ownership so endorsed to the director of finance who shall file
the same; provided that if the recorded lien holder does not have an office in
the State, the applicable period shall be sixty days.] of the date on the
notice of transfer. Whenever a [ transferee]
transferor fails to comply with these provisions, the director of
finance shall charge a fee of $50, in addition to the fee provided in section
286-51[ , for a new certificate of ownership].
(b),] (a), requiring a [ transferee to forward]
transferor to personally deliver the certificate of ownership after
endorsement to the director of finance, shall not apply [ to] in the event
that the transferee of a vehicle who was not intending to and does not
drive the vehicle or permit the vehicle to be driven upon the public highways,
but every such transferee, upon transferring the transferee's interest or title
to another, shall give notice of the transfer to the director of finance and
endorse the certificate of ownership to the new legal owner and the certificate
of registration to the new owner; provided that if the director of finance has
ascertained as of the date of the application that the registered owner has not
deposited or paid bail with respect to any summons or citation issued to the
registered owner for stopping, standing, or parking in violation of traffic
ordinances within the county, the director may require, as a condition precedent
to the transfer, that the registered owner deposit or pay bail with respect to
all such summons or citations.
(d) The director of finance, upon receipt of the certificate of ownership properly endorsed, shall register the vehicle, and shall issue to the owner and legal owner entitled thereto by reason of the transfer a new certificate of registration and the certificate of ownership, respectively, in the manner and form hereinabove provided for original registration.
(e) Until the director of finance has issued the new certificate of registration and certificate of ownership as in subsection (d) provided, delivery of such vehicle shall be deemed not to have been made and title thereto shall be deemed not to have passed, and the intended transfer shall be deemed to be incomplete and not to be valid or effective for any purpose, notwithstanding any provision of the Uniform Commercial Code; provided that a security interest in a motor vehicle shall be perfected as provided in the Uniform Commercial Code, section 490:9-311 and that the validity, attachment, priority, and enforcement of such security interest shall be governed by Article 9 of the Code.
(f) In the event of the transfer by operation of law of the title or interest of a legal owner in and to a vehicle registered under this part, as upon inheritance, devise, or bequest, order in bankruptcy, or insolvency, execution sale, repossession upon default in performance of the terms of a lease or executory sales contract, or otherwise than by the voluntary act of the person whose title or interest is so transferred, the certificate of ownership shall be signed upon the spaces provided by the personal representative, receiver, trustee, sheriff, or other representative, or successor in interest of the person whose title or interest is so transferred in lieu of such person. Every personal representative, receiver, trustee, sheriff, or other representative hereinabove referred to shall file with the director of finance a notice of any transfer by sale, lease, or otherwise by such person, of any such vehicle, together with evidence satisfactory to the director of finance of all facts entitling such representative to make the transfer. Upon notice given to the director of finance that transfer by operation of law of the title or interest of a legal owner or a registered owner has been effected pursuant to any provision of law, the director of finance shall send to the legal owner or the registered owner or both a notice by registered mail of such action and requesting the delivery to the director of finance of the certificate of ownership or the certificate of registration, as the case may be, within ten days after date of mailing of the notice, and any person who refuses or neglects to deliver the same to the director of finance pursuant to the notice shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and shall be punished as provided in section 286-61.
(g) Nothing in the foregoing subsections shall prevent a legal owner from assigning the title or interest in or to a vehicle registered under this part to another legal owner at any time without the consent of and without affecting the interest of the holder of the certificate of registration thereof. Upon filing with the director of finance of a certificate of ownership endorsed by the legal owner and a transferee of legal ownership, the director of finance shall, whether the certificate of registration has expired or not, enter the name of the new legal owner upon the records of the director's office and shall forthwith issue a new certificate of ownership to the new legal owner in the form for original registration. Upon so doing, the director of finance shall send to the registered owner a notice by mail of the action.
(h) Any person who refuses or neglects to deliver a certificate of ownership to a transferee entitled thereto under this part, shall be punished as provided in section 286-61.
(i) Every dealer, upon transferring a motor vehicle, whether by sale, lease, or otherwise, shall immediately give notice of the transfer to the director of finance upon the official form provided by the director of finance. Every such notice shall contain the date of the transfer, the names and addresses of the transferor and transferee, and such description of the vehicle as may be called for in the official form.
(j) Every person, other than a dealer, upon transferring
a motor vehicle, whether by sale, lease, or otherwise, shall within ten days
give notice of the transfer to the director of finance upon the official form
provided by the director of finance.
Every notice shall contain the date of transfer, the names and addresses
of the transferor and transferee, and such description of the vehicle as may be
called for in the official form. Any
person who violates this subsection shall be fined not more than $100. (k)] (j) Whenever [ the registered owner of any
motor vehicle or] any licensed dealer has given notice to the director of
finance of a transfer of the title or interest in the motor vehicle, as
provided in subsection (i) [ or (j), and has delivered the certificate of
ownership bearing the transferor's signature to the transferee as required by subsection
(a)], the transferor shall be relieved from any liability, civil or
criminal, from the date the transferor delivers the motor vehicle into the
transferee's possession, which the transferor might otherwise subsequently
incur by reason solely of being the registered owner of the vehicle.
(l)] (k) A licensed dealer who has forwarded a
properly endorsed certificate of ownership to the director of finance shall be
relieved of any civil liability, from the date the transferor delivers the
motor vehicle into the transferee's possession, which the transferor might
otherwise subsequently incur by reason solely of being the registered owner of
the vehicle; provided that a specific written authorization to forward the
certificate has been obtained from the transferee.
(m)] (l) Any person who falsely or fraudulently gives
notice to the director of finance of a transfer of title or interest in a motor
vehicle shall be subject to the penalty provided in section 286-61."
SECTION 2. Section 437-12, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by amending subsection (b) to read as follows:
"(b) Delivery of legal ownership certificate. The legal ownership certificate shall be
delivered to the director of finance within [
the time period
specified in section 286-52(b).] thirty calendar days of the transfer of
title or interest in a new or used motor vehicle to a transferee."
SECTION 3. Statutory material to be repealed is bracketed and stricken. New statutory material is underscored.
SECTION 4. This Act shall take effect upon its approval.
Vehicle Registration; Title of Vehicle Transfer
Amends the procedure of transferring the title or ownership interest in a vehicle. Requires the transferor, or transferor's representative with the appropriate documentation, and transferee to be appear in person before the clerk of the respective county department of motor vehicles to execute the transfer of title. Exempts licensed dealers from appearing in person with the transferee to execute such transfer.
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