May 25, 2011, Introduced by Rep. McBroom and referred to the Committee on Transportation.
A bill to amend 1949 PA 300, entitled
"Michigan vehicle code,"
by amending section 224 (MCL 257.224), as amended by 2006 PA 177.
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF MICHIGAN ENACT:
Sec. 224. (1) Except as otherwise provided in this act
regarding tabs or stickers, upon registering a vehicle, the
secretary of state shall issue to the owner 1 registration plate.
(2) A registration plate shall display the registration number
assigned to the vehicle for which the registration plate is issued;
the name of this state, which may be abbreviated; and when the
registration plate expires, which may be shown by a tab or sticker
furnished by the secretary of state.
(3) A registration plate issued for motor vehicles owned and
operated by this state; a state institution; a municipality; a
privately incorporated, nonprofit volunteer fire department; or a
nonpublic, nonprofit college or university of this state shall not
expire at any particular time but shall be renewed when the
registration plate is worn out or is illegible. This registration
plate shall be assigned upon proper application and payment of the
applicable fee and may be used on any eligible vehicle titled to
the applicant if a written record is kept of the vehicles upon
which the registration plate is used. The written record shall
state the time the registration plate is used on a particular
vehicle. The record shall be open to inspection by a law
enforcement officer or a representative of the secretary of state.
(4) A registration plate issued for a vehicle owned by the
civil air patrol as organized under 36 USC 201 to 208; a vehicle
owned by a nonprofit organization and used to transport equipment
for providing dialysis treatment to children at camp; an emergency
support vehicle used exclusively for emergencies and owned and
operated by a federally recognized nonprofit charitable
organization; a vehicle owned and operated by a nonprofit veterans
center; a motor vehicle having a truck chassis and a locomotive or
ship's body which is owned by a nonprofit veterans organization and
used exclusively in parades and civic events; a vehicle owned and
operated by a nonprofit recycling center or a federally recognized
nonprofit conservation organization until December 31, 2000; a
motor vehicle owned and operated by a senior citizen center; and a
registration plate issued for buses including station wagons,
carryalls, or similarly constructed vehicles owned and operated by
a nonprofit parents' transportation corporation used for school
purposes, parochial school, society, church Sunday school, or other
grammar school, or by a nonprofit youth organization or nonprofit
rehabilitation facility shall be issued upon proper application and
payment of the applicable tax provided in section 801(1)(g) or (h)
to the applicant for the vehicle identified in the application. The
vehicle shall be used exclusively for activities of the school or
organization and shall be designated by proper signs showing the
school or organization operating the vehicle. The registration
plate shall expire on December 31 in the fifth year following the
date of issuance. The registration plate may be transferred to
another vehicle upon proper application and payment of a $10.00
Beginning January 1, 2007, the Except
provided in this subsection, the department shall not issue or
transfer a standard design beads on paint registration plate or
issue a registration tab or sticker for that plate, but shall offer
a new standard design registration plate that complies with the
requirements of this act. The new standard design registration
plate shall be of a common color scheme and design that is made of
fully reflectorized material and shall be clearly visible at night.
As an alternative to the standard design registration plate
required under this subsection, the secretary of state shall
develop and offer a vehicle registration plate with the words "In
God We Trust" inscribed on the plate. The "In God We Trust" vehicle
registration plate shall comply with the requirements of this act.
The implementation of this subsection is contingent upon
appropriations sufficient to cover the costs to the department of
designing, manufacturing, distributing, and issuing the new
standard design registration plate. The secretary of state shall
file a written report with the secretary of the senate and the
clerk of the house of representatives of the costs incurred and
revenue expended to meet the requirements of this subsection within
30 days after all of the standard design beads on paint
registration plates to be replaced under this subsection have been
(6) The registration plate and the required letters and
numerals on the registration plate shall be of sufficient size to
be plainly readable from a distance of 100 feet during daylight.
The secretary of state may issue a tab or tabs designating the
month and year of expiration.
(7) The secretary of state shall issue for every passenger
motor vehicle rented without a driver the same type of registration
plate as the type of registration plate issued for private
(8) A person shall not operate a vehicle on the public
highways or streets of this state displaying a registration plate
other than the registration plate issued for the vehicle by the
secretary of state, except as provided in this chapter for
nonresidents, and by assignment provided in subsection (3).
(9) The registration plate displayed on a vehicle registered
on the basis of elected gross weight shall indicate the elected
gross weight for which the vehicle is registered.