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SenateBill Number: 129Primary Sponsor: RoseCommittee Number: 15Type of Legislation: GBSubject: Motor vehicle identification information, release ofResiding Body: SenateCurrent Committee: TransportationComputer Document Number: CYY/15039SD.93Introduced Date: 19930112Last History Body: SenateLast History Date: 19930112Last History Type: Introduced, read first time, referred to CommitteeScope of Legislation: StatewideAll Sponsors: RoseType of Legislation: General Bill
Bill Body Date Action Description CMN Leg Involved ____ ______ ____________ ______________________________ ___ ____________ 129 Senate 19930112 Introduced, read first time, 15 referred to CommitteeView additional legislative information at the LPITS web site.
TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 56-3-112 SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF HIGHWAYS AND PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION MAY NOT RELEASE MOTOR VEHICLE IDENTIFICATION INFORMATION TO ANY INDIVIDUAL OTHER THAN A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER EXCEPT UPON WRITTEN REQUEST, AND TO PROVIDE PROCEDURES FOR REQUESTS, RECORDKEEPING, AND NOTIFICATION TO THE REGISTERED OWNER OF CERTAIN MOTOR VEHICLE REQUESTS.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
SECTION 1. The 1976 Code is amended by adding:
"Section 56-3-112. (A) A law enforcement official may obtain motor vehicle registration information by checking the license plate number of that vehicle through the department. This check may be effectuated only for the purpose of investigating criminal activity or a motor vehicle violation which the official reasonably believes has occurred or is occurring relative to a motor vehicle which reasonably matches the description of the motor vehicle on which the license plate is affixed.
(B) Except as authorized in subsection (A), the department may not release motor vehicle registration information to an individual or entity unless a written request for this information is made to the department.
The department must maintain a permanent record of each request made, which must include the name of the individual or organization making the request and the date, time, and purpose of the request. The department shall maintain this record for two years from the date of the original request.
(C) Within ten days of receiving a written request for information as required in subsection (B), the department shall notify the owner of the motor vehicle that a license plate check was requested on that motor vehicle. The notice must be sent to the owner at the address by depositing it in the United States mail. The notice must contain the name of the individual or organization making the request, and the date, time, and purpose of the request.
(D) Except as to a law enforcement official requesting information in accordance with subsection (A), the department shall establish and collect a fee from an individual or organization which requests motor vehicle registration information, in an amount to the actual costs of complying with the provisions of this section.
(E) This section does not apply to implementation of any interstate compact entered into by the department as authorized by law."
SECTION 2. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.