2016 New Jersey Revised Statutes
Title 39 - Motor Vehicles And Traffic Regulation
Section 39:10B-3 - Destroyed, Removed, Altered, Defaced Or Obliterated Manufacturer's Part Number Or Identification Number; Seizure Or Confiscation Of Vehicle; Arrests; Assigning And Affixing New Number; Restoration Of Number

NJ Rev Stat § 39:10B-3 (2016) What's This?

39:10B-3. Destroyed, removed, altered, defaced or obliterated manufacturer's part number or identification number; seizure or confiscation of vehicle; arrests; assigning and affixing new number; restoration of number
a. Members of the State and local law enforcement agencies or members of the division who are designated by the director for this function shall seize and confiscate a detached major motor vehicle component part if the manufacturer's part number, the identification number required by section 2 of this act, or the identification number assigned by the division under subsection e. of this section has been destroyed, removed, altered, defaced, or obliterated.

b. The entire motor vehicle shall be seized and confiscated if the manufacturer's part number, the identification number required by section 2 of this act, or the identification number assigned by the division under subsection e. of this section of a major motor vehicle component part has been destroyed, removed, altered, defaced, or obliterated.

c. Members of the State and local law enforcement agencies shall arrest the alleged owner or custodian thereof. It shall be the duty of the police to retain the custody of each motor vehicle or major motor vehicle component part seized pending the prosecution of the person arrested, which shall remain in the custody of the police until the ownership thereof shall have been ascertained.

d. If a person other than the person arrested be the owner, the motor vehicle shall be returned to him as soon as he has arranged to have the division affix a new number to the major motor vehicle component part, and the division has done so, as provided in subsection e. of this section. No person other than an authorized member of the division shall assign and affix a new number to the motor vehicle or major motor vehicle component part. The division shall not release any vehicle or part so seized until it has affixed a new number to the part. At the time of the arrest the director shall be notified by the arresting officer.

e. If a detached major motor vehicle component part is seized and confiscated because it does not have a manufacturer's part number or the identification number required by section 2 of this act, or the appropriate number has been destroyed, removed, altered, defaced, or obliterated, or the entire vehicle has been seized because the appropriate number of a major motor vehicle component part has been destroyed, removed, altered, defaced, or obliterated, the number may be restored under the following conditions:

(1) If the owner or custodian of the motor vehicle or major motor vehicle component part can demonstrate that the damage to the manufacturer's part number or the number required by section 2 of this act was done without his knowledge, and can produce a bill of sale and, if applicable, title papers for the motor vehicle or major motor vehicle component part, the division shall return the motor vehicle or major motor vehicle part to him, provided that he arranges to have the division restore the damaged or obliterated number to the part, if possible, or affix a unique number to the part, as provided for in paragraph (2) of this subsection. The director is authorized to establish a reasonable fee for this service.

(2) If the owner or custodian of the motor vehicle or major motor vehicle component part cannot furnish title papers for the motor vehicle or a bill of sale for the major motor vehicle component part or if the alleged owner or custodian is arrested and convicted of the theft of the motor vehicle or major motor vehicle component part, an agent of the director or any police officer may seize and take possession of the vehicle or part and hold and dispose of it in accordance with rules and regulations adopted by the director, provided that the division first affixes a unique number to the major motor vehicle component part. The composition of this number shall indicate that it designates a used major motor vehicle component part. The director is authorized to establish a reasonable fee for this service, and this fee may be added to the price of the motor vehicle or major motor vehicle component part. The new number shall thereafter be used for identification, registration and all purposes of this act.

L.1983, c. 368, s. 3.


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