NJSA 39:3-31 through NJSA 39:3-36

NJSA 39:3-31
39:3-31   Duplicate certificates; licenses; new pictures; fees.
 39:3-31.  The chief administrator, upon presentation of a statement duly sworn to, stating that the original registration certificate or original motorized bicycle registration certificate has been destroyed, lost or stolen, may, if he is satisfied that the facts as set forth in the statement are substantially true, issue a duplicate or amended registration certificate or motorized bicycle registration certificate to the original holder thereof, upon the payment to the chief administrator of a fee of $5 for each duplicate or amended registration certificate or motorized bicycle registration certificate so issued.  The chief administrator, upon presentation of a statement, duly sworn to, stating that the original driver's license has been destroyed, lost or stolen, or requesting a new color picture, may, if he is satisfied that the facts as set forth in the statement are substantially true, issue a duplicate driver's license to the original holder thereof, upon payment to the chief administrator of a fee of $5 in addition to the digitized picture fee.  Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, the fee for a duplicate or amended registration certificate for any new passenger automobile required to be registered for a 48-month term or for any new passenger automobile leased for a term of more than 12 months  pursuant to R.S.39:3-4, shall be $11.

 Amended 1961, c.77, s.2; 1968, c.130, s.9; 1983, c.105, s.2; 1994, c.60, s.18; 1999, c.28, s.10; 2001, c.391, s.9; 2004, c.64, s.3.
 
NJSA 39:3-31.1
39:3-31.1   Duplicate family registration; fee.
 1. The Chief Administrator of the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission, upon presentation of a statement by the holder of an original registration certificate that he requires a duplicate registration certificate for use by members of his family, shall issue a duplicate original registration certificate to the holder of the original registration certificate upon the payment to the chief administrator of a fee of $5.  Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, the fee for a duplicate registration certificate for any new passenger automobile required to be registered for a 48-month term or for any new passenger automobile leased for a term of more than 12 months pursuant to R.S.39:3-4, shall be $11.

 Any such duplicate original registration certificate may be used in the same manner and for the same purpose as the original registration certificate but may be used only by the holder of the original registration certificate or a member of his family.  Any reference to the original registration certificate in the chapter to which this act is supplementary or in Title 39 of the Revised Statutes as amended and supplemented shall be deemed to include any and all duplicate original registration certificates issued pursuant to this act and, in the event that the holder of the original registration certificate shall be required to surrender the same by virtue of the provisions of any law, he shall also be required to surrender the duplicate original registration certificate if he shall have had such duplicate original registration certificate issued to him.  The chief administrator shall make and promulgate such rules and regulations as may be necessary to effectuate the purposes of this act. 

 This section shall also apply to registration certificates for motorized bicycles.

 L.1961,c.77,s.1; amended 1968, c.130, s.10; 1983, c.105, s.6; 1994, c.60, s.19; 2004, c.64, s.4.
 
NJSA 39:3-32
39:3-32.     Replacement of lost, destroyed or defaced license plates; reissuance of surrendered plates; fees 
    39:3-32.  If one or both license plates or one or both inserts are lost, destroyed, or so defaced that the numbers thereon are illegible, the owner of the motor vehicle for which the same were issued shall apply to the director or his representative for new plates or inserts within 24 hours of the discovery of such loss, destruction, or defacement. The application shall be made upon a form furnished by the division, on which the loss, defacement or destruction of the plate or plates, insert or inserts shall be set forth.  The application, except as hereinafter provided, shall be accompanied by a fee fixed by the director, the amount of which fee shall equal, as nearly as possible, the cost to the division of replacing the plates or inserts. Thereupon the division may cancel the original registration and shall issue to the applicant new plates or new inserts, as the case may be, and a new registration certificate, if necessary. 

   Every replacement by reason of defacement shall be by a license plate or plates of the same identifying characters as those on the plate or plates replaced. 

   When a person has surrendered license plates to the director pursuant to any law or regulation, the director may charge a fee under this section for the reissuance of the plates surrendered or the issuance of new plates, as determined by the director, in an amount set by regulation but equal, as nearly as possible, to the cost incurred by the division in reissuing or replacing the plates. 

   Amended 1951,c.61,s.1; 1952,c.46,s.1; 1955,c.8,s.10; 1956,c.137; 1994,c.60,s.20.
NJSA 39:3-33
39:3-33.     Markers; requirements concerning; display of fictitious or wrong numbers, etc.; punishment 
     39:3-33.  The owner of an automobile which is driven on the public highways of this State shall display not less than 12 inches nor more than 48 inches from the ground in a horizontal position, and in such a way as not to swing, an identification mark or marks to be furnished by the division; provided, that if two marks are issued they shall be displayed on the front and rear of the vehicle; and provided, further, that if only one mark is issued it shall be displayed on the rear of the vehicle; and provided, further, that the rear identification mark may be displayed more than 48 inches from the ground on tank trucks, trailers and other commercial vehicles carrying inflammable liquids and on sanitation vehicles which are used to collect, transport and dispose of garbage, solid wastes and refuse. Motorcycles shall also display an identification mark or marks; provided, that if two marks are issued they shall be displayed on the front and rear of the motorcycle;  and provided, further, that if only one mark is issued it shall be displayed on the rear of the motorcycle. 

    The identification mark or marks shall contain the number of the registration certificate of the vehicle and shall be of such design and material as prescribed pursuant to section 2 of P.L.1989, c.202 (C.39:3-33.9). All identification marks shall be kept clear and distinct and free from grease, dust or other blurring matter, so as to be plainly visible at all times of the day and night. 

    No person shall drive a motor vehicle which has a license plate frame or identification marker holder that conceals or otherwise obscures any part of any marking imprinted upon the vehicle's registration plate or any part of any insert which the director, as hereinafter provided, issues to be inserted in and attached to that registration plate or marker. 

    The director is authorized and empowered to issue registration plate inserts, to be inserted in and attached to the registration plates or markers described herein.  They may be issued in the place of new registration plates or markers; and inscribed thereon, in numerals, shall be the year in which registration of the vehicle has been granted. 

    No person shall drive a motor vehicle the owner of which has not complied with the provisions of this subtitle concerning the proper registration and identification thereof, nor drive a motor vehicle which displays a fictitious number, or a number other than that designated for the motor vehicle in its registration certificate.  During the period of time between the application for motor vehicle registration and the receipt of registration plates from the division, no person shall affix a plate or marker for the purpose of advertisement in the position on a motor vehicle normally reserved for the display of the registration plates required by this section if the plate or marker is designed with a combination of letters, numbers, colors, or words to resemble the registration plates required by this section. 

    A person convicted of displaying a fictitious number, as prohibited herein, shall be subject to a fine not exceeding $500.00 or imprisonment in the county jail for not more than 60 days. 

    A person violating any other provision of this section shall be subject to a fine not exceeding $100.00.  In default of the payment thereof, there shall be imposed an imprisonment in the county jail for a period not exceeding 10 days.  A person convicted of a second offense of the same violation may be fined in double the amount herein prescribed for the first offense and may, in default  of the payment thereof, be punished by imprisonment in the county jail for a period not exceeding 20 days. These penalties shall not apply to the display of a fictitious number. 

    Amended 1943,c.173; 1952,c.46,s.2; 1968,c.363,s.1; 1973,c.164; 1981,c.133,s.1; 1983,c.428; 1989,c.132,s.1; 1989,c.202,s.1. 
 
NJSA 39:3-33a
39:3-33a   Additional charge for personalized, courtesy, special license plates.

 1. Whenever the Division of Motor Vehicles is authorized to charge an additional application fee for the issuance of a personalized, courtesy or special license plate, the division shall charge that additional application fee only upon the initial issuance of the plate.  If a personalized, courtesy or special plate is issued to a lessee in a motor vehicle leasing agreement, upon termination of the lease the lessee may apply to the director to have the plate reissued to another motor vehicle leased or owned by the lessee upon payment of a fee of $4.50.  If a personalized, courtesy or special license plate is issued to an owner of a motor vehicle, the owner may apply to the director to have the plate reissued to another motor vehicle leased or owned by the owner upon payment of a fee of $4.50.  Nothing in this section shall be construed as prohibiting the division from charging, at the time of annual registration renewal, the payment of the additional fee which has been required under any other section of law for a special license plate.

 L.1999,c.192,s.1.
 
NJSA 39:3-33b
39:3-33b   Subsequent personalized, courtesy, special license plates permitted.
 1.  a.  The lessee in a motor vehicle leasing agreement or the owner of a motor vehicle who obtains a base set of personalized, courtesy or special license plates with special identifying marks may obtain and use subsequent sets  in a series for use upon other motor vehicles if they are owned or leased from the same or different lessor by that person, provided that there is sufficient space for the series' subscript.

 b. The fees for the subsequent sets  in a series shall be prescribed by the director.

 c. The administrator may promulgate rules and regulations to effectuate the purposes of this act.

 L.2004,c.91.
 
NJSA 39:3-33.1
39:3-33.1.  Veterans buying motor vehicles from United States; temporary identification markers
    Any person who served in the active military or naval service of the United  States, and who has been discharged or released from such service under  conditions other than dishonorable, and who purchases a motor vehicle from the  War Assets Corporation or any other agency of the United States Government  authorized to sell surplus property and has obtained from such corporation or  agency a certificate of identification and a temporary identification marker  which shall be displayed on such vehicle in accordance with the requirements of  section 39:3-33 of the Revised Statutes, may operate such motor vehicle from  the place of purchase to any place within the State for the purpose of  registering such motor vehicle, without violating any of the provisions of  section 39:3-4 of the Revised Statutes.

     L.1946, c. 45, p. 102, s. 1.
 
NJSA 39:3-33.2
39:3-33.2.  License plates;  words  "Garden State"  to be imprinted
    The Director of the Division of Motor Vehicles in the Department of Law and  Public Safety shall, upon the occasion of the next and each subsequent general  issue of passenger car motor vehicle registration license plates, cause to be  imprinted thereon in addition to other markings which he shall prescribe, the  words  "Garden State."

     L.1954, c. 221, p. 834, s. 1.
 
NJSA 39:3-33.3
39:3-33.3.  Special identifying marks;  issuance of plates
   The Director of the Division of Motor Vehicles is hereby authorized to issue, upon application, registration plates of a particular identifying mark or marks to be displayed as provided in section 39:3-33 of the Revised Statutes, composed of such combination of letters and figures, in accordance with the identification system as may be requested in such application provided  that the particular identifying mark so requested is not then issued to and  held by some other person or otherwise reserved by the director.

     L.1959, c. 56, p. 164, s. 1.
 
NJSA 39:3-33.4
39:3-33.4.   Fees for courtesy and personalized plates 
    2.   The director is authorized to charge an additional fee for the issuance of such particular identifying mark in such amount as he may fix from time to time but not in excess of $30 for identifying marks defined by the director to be courtesy marks, and not in excess of $100 for identifying marks defined by the director to be personalized marks, and the amount of such fee shall accompany the application. 

   L.1959,c.56,s.2; amended 1975,c.180,s.9; 1994,c.60,s.21. 
 
NJSA 39:3-33.5
39:3-33.5   Restrictions upon issuance of certain license plates.

 3. Except as provided for courtesy marks in section 2 of P.L.2000, c.15 (C.39:3-33.5a), no particular identifying mark or special organization license plate issued pursuant to P.L.1987, c.374 (C.39:3-27.35) may be issued to any applicant who:

 (a) for the 10-year period next preceding the date of application for a particular identifying mark or special organization license plate has been convicted of a violation of either section 39:4-50, or section 39:4-96 of this Title or section 2 of P.L.1966, c.142 (C.39:4-50.2) or has been convicted of a violation of a law of a substantially similar nature in another jurisdiction; or

 (b) has been convicted of a violation of N.J.S.2C:11-5; or

 (c) for the two-year period next preceding his application for a particular identifying mark or a special organization license plate has had his driving privileges in this State or in another jurisdiction revoked or suspended for any reason whatsoever.

 L.1959,c.56,s.3; amended 2000, c.15, s.1.
 
NJSA 39:3-33.5a
39:3-33.5a   Restrictions upon issuance of courtesy mark.
 2. No courtesy mark may be issued to any applicant who:

 a. has been convicted of a violation of either section 39:4-50, or section 39:4-96 of this Title or section 2 of P.L.1966, c.142 (C.39:4-50.2) or has been convicted of a violation of a law of a substantially similar nature in another jurisdiction; or

 b. has been convicted of a violation of N.J.S.2C:11-5; or

 c. for the two-year period next preceding his application for a courtesy mark has had his driving privileges in this State or in another jurisdiction revoked or suspended for any reason whatsoever.

 L.2000,c.15,s.2.
 
NJSA 39:3-33.6
39:3-33.6.  Disposition of funds
    For a period commencing with the effective date of this act and terminating  upon the completion of the first full fiscal year thereafter, all moneys  received by the director pursuant to this act shall be forthwith deposited as  received with the State Treasurer, and the expenses of administration incurred  by the director in carrying out the provisions of this act, during the  aforementioned period are hereby appropriated to such purposes and shall be  disbursed by the State Treasurer out of such funds in the same manner as other  State expenses are paid.  Upon the termination of the first full fiscal year  after the effective date of this act, any excess of the moneys deposited with  the State Treasurer as heretofore provided and over the amount of the expenses  of administration during the period heretofore set forth, shall become a part  of the General State Fund, and all moneys received thereafter by the director  pursuant to this act, shall become a part of the General State Fund.

     L.1959, c. 56, p. 165, s. 4.
 
NJSA 39:3-33.7
39:3-33.7.  Rules and regulations
    The Director of the Division of Motor Vehicles shall promulgate rules and regulations for effectuating the purposes of this act.

     L.1959, c. 56, p. 165, s. 5.
 
NJSA 39:3-33.8
39:3-33.8.  Effective date
    This act shall take effect July 1, 1959.

     L.1959, c. 56, p. 165, s. 6.
 
NJSA 39:3-33.9
39:3-33.9.   Issuance of reflectorized motor vehicle registration plates
     a.   The Director of the Division of Motor Vehicles shall implement a phase-in program for the issuance of reflectorized motor vehicle registration plates in this State, the planning of which shall begin immediately for the issuance which shall begin on the first day of the seventh month following the report of the Reflectorized License Plate Selection Commission established pursuant to this section of this 1989 amendatory and supplementary act, P.L.1989, c.202 (C.39:3-33.9), except that the division shall first use any existing supplies of nonreflectorized plates which it orders prior to the commencement of the issuance.  The purpose of the issuance shall be to change the color scheme and style of the registration plates in use prior to the beginning of the issuance in order to provide for greater contrast between the background of the plate and the lettering and to ensure that all plates are fully treated with a reflectorized material designed to increase their nighttime visibility and legibility.  The color scheme and style of the new plates shall be selected by the Reflectorized License Plate Selection Commission hereby created.  The commission shall consist of five members, three appointed by the Governor, one by the President of the Senate, and one by the Speaker of the General Assembly.  The commission shall select the color scheme and design of the new reflectorized license plate after considering the needs of law enforcement and highway safety, aesthetics, cost and the continued ability of the corrections system to manufacture the plate.  The commission will first meet within 60 days of the effective date of this act and shall report its choice to the Director of the Division of Motor Vehicles within 180 days of this act becoming effective.  The markings on the plates shall be in accordance with specifications prescribed by the director. 

    For a period of six years commencing on the first day of the seventh month following enactment of this 1989 amendatory and supplementary act, P.L.1989, c.202 (C.39:3-33.9 et al.), the division may charge in addition to an annual motor vehicle registration fee, an additional annual fee not to exceed $0.40 for the costs of the issuance of reflectorized motor vehicle registration plates in this State. 

    b.   The Director of the Division of Motor Vehicles shall promulgate rules and regulations pursuant to the "Administrative Procedure Act," P.L.1968, c.410 (C.52:14B-1 et seq.) in order to effectuate the purposes of this act. 

    c.   The director shall submit an annual progress report on the planning and implementation of the reflectorized motor vehicle registration plate phase-in program to the Governor and members of the Legislature with the first report to be submitted one year after enactment of this 1989 amendatory and supplementary act.  The annual report submitted after the fourth year of implementation shall contain a recommendation as to the advisability and feasibility of a general recall of all plates of an earlier design that are still in use at the completion of the phase-in program.  This report shall also contain the director's recommendation of a funding source for the ongoing costs associated with the continued issuance of reflectorized plates.  The last report shall be submitted after the completion of the phase-in program. 

    L.1989,c.202,s.2. 
 
NJSA 39:3-33.10
39:3-33.10. Issuance of wildlife conservation license plates; establishment of "Wildlife Conservation Fund"
 1.  a.  The Director of the Division of Motor Vehicles may issue for a motor vehicle owned or leased and registered in the State, wildlife conservation license plates bearing, in addition to the registration number and other markings or identification otherwise prescribed by law, words or a slogan and an emblem, to be designed by the Commissioner of Environmental Protection and approved by the Director of the Division of Motor Vehicles, indicating support for, or an interest in, wildlife conservation.  Issuance of wildlife conservation license plates in accordance with this subsection shall be subject to the provisions of chapter 3 of Title 39 of the Revised Statutes, except as hereinafter otherwise specifically provided.

 b.  Application for issuance of a wildlife conservation license plate shall be made to the Director of the Division of Motor Vehicles on such forms and in such manner as may be prescribed by the director.  In order to be deemed complete, an application shall be accompanied by a fee of $50, payable to the Director of the Division of Motor Vehicles. The $50 fee for a wildlife conservation license plate shall be in addition to the fees otherwise prescribed by law for the registration of motor vehicles. Monies collected from the fees for wildlife conservation license plates shall be deposited into a non-lapsing, interest-bearing "Wildlife Conservation Fund," which is herewith established in the Division of Fish, Game and Wildlife. Interest or other income earned on monies deposited into the Wildlife Conservation Fund shall be credited to the fund for use as set forth in this section for other monies in the fund.

 c.  Except as provided in section 1 of P.L.1995, c.241 (C.39:3-33.11), monies in the Wildlife Conservation Fund shall be utilized by the Division of Fish, Game and Wildlife: (1) to reimburse the Division of Motor Vehicles for all costs incurred by that division, as stipulated by the director of that division, in producing, issuing, and publicizing the availability of wildlife conservation license plates; and (2) for endangered and nongame species conservation, including effectuating the purposes of "The Endangered and Nongame Species Conservation Act," P.L.1973, c.309 (C.23:2A-1 et seq.).  The Director of the Division of Motor Vehicles shall annually certify to the Director of the Division of Fish, Game and Wildlife the average cost per license plate incurred in the immediately preceding year by the Division of Motor Vehicles in producing, issuing, and publicizing the availability of wildlife conservation license plates.

 d.  The Director of the Division of Motor Vehicles shall notify eligible motorists of the opportunity to obtain wildlife conservation license plates by including a notice with all motor vehicle registration renewals, and by posting appropriate posters or signs in all division facilities and offices, as may be provided by the Division of Fish, Game and Wildlife.  The notices, posters, and signs shall be designed by the Commissioner of Environmental Protection. The designs shall be subject to the approval of the Director of the Division of Motor Vehicles, and the Director of the Division of Fish, Game and Wildlife shall supply the Division of Motor Vehicles with the notices, posters, and signs to be circulated or posted by that division.

 e.  The directors of the Division of Fish, Game and Wildlife and the Division of Motor Vehicles shall develop and enter into an interagency memorandum of agreement setting forth the procedures to be followed by the two divisions in carrying out their respective responsibilities under this act.

 L.1993,c.119,s.1; amended 1995,c.241,s.2.
 
NJSA 39:3-33.11
39:3-33.11. Annual renewal fee; use
 1. The annual renewal fee for the registration certificate of a motor vehicle for which a wildlife conservation license plate has been issued shall include, in each year subsequent to the year of issuance, a wildlife conservation license plate renewal fee in the amount of $10, which shall be in addition to the fee for the renewal of the registration certificate, and which shall be collected by the Division of Motor Vehicles.

 For each $10 wildlife conservation license plate renewal fee collected, the Division of Motor Vehicles shall deposit:

 a.  $3 thereof into a non-lapsing, interest-bearing "Marine Mammal Stranding Center Fund" to be established in the Department of the Treasury.  Interest or other income earned on monies deposited into the Marine Mammal Stranding Center Fund shall be credited to the fund for use as set forth in this subsection for other monies in that fund.  Monies in the Marine Mammal Stranding Center Fund shall be withdrawn by the State Treasurer and disbursed to the Marine Mammal Stranding Center in Brigantine, New Jersey, upon request of the center pursuant to a voucher system to be established by the State Treasurer.  The center shall indicate on each voucher request the purpose to which the monies disbursed shall be applied.  Monies disbursed from the fund to the center shall be utilized by the center in support of its work pertaining to the rescue, treatment, rehabilitation, and conservation of marine mammals and marine reptiles, and toward meeting the costs of related research and public education activities, and may be applied toward the costs of personnel and the purchase and maintenance of equipment and supplies for such purposes.  The State Treasurer shall provide an annual report to the Marine Mammal Stranding Center on the status of the fund, and the center shall provide an annual report to the State Treasurer documenting expenditures by the center of monies from the fund; and

 b.  $7 thereof into the Wildlife Conservation Fund established pursuant to subsection b. of section 1 of P.L.1993, c.119 (C.39:3-33.10), of which:

 (1)  $5 shall be utilized by the Division of Fish, Game and Wildlife for the purpose only of funding research, information and data collection and dissemination, population and habitat studies, environmental education, and conservation activities pertaining to endangered and non-game wildlife , and which may include the funding of full-time or part-time personnel and the purchase and maintenance of equipment and supplies dedicated to that purpose ; and

 (2)  $2 shall be made available to the Division of Fish, Game and Wildlife for the purpose only of providing funding grants to endangered and non-game wildlife conservation projects proposed by nonprofit organizations.

 The Division of Fish, Game and Wildlife shall adopt, pursuant to the "Administrative Procedure Act," P.L.1968, c.410 (C.52:14B-1 et seq.), rules and regulations which set forth the criteria for awarding grants pursuant to paragraph (2) of this subsection.

 c.  Any person whose application for issuance of a wildlife conservation license plate has been received by the State prior to the effective date of P.L.1995, c.241, or is received within 30 days thereafter, shall be permanently exempt from payment of the $10 annual wildlife conservation license plate renewal fee required pursuant to this section for that wildlife conservation license plate unless the person waives the exemption on a form therefor to be provided by the Division of Motor Vehicles at the time of renewal of the registration certificate for the motor vehicle.

 L.1995,c.241,s.1.
 
NJSA 39:3-34
39:3-34.     Application for certificate or license during suspension, etc. prohibited 
     39:3-34.  No person whose registration certificate or driving privilege, including any privilege to operate a commercial motor vehicle as defined in P.L.1990, c.103 (C.39:3-10.9 et al.), has been suspended or revoked, or who has been prohibited or disqualified from obtaining a driver's license or registration certificate, shall apply to the director for a registration certificate or license, or a learner's permit, as the case may be, during the period of the suspension, revocation, or prohibition.  A person who violates this section shall be subject to a fine of not more than $500 or imprisonment for not more than three months, or both, at the discretion of the court. 

    Amended 1942,c.313; 1945,c.222,s.1; 1990,c.103,s.30. 
 
NJSA 39:3-35
39:3-35.  Lending or using registration certificate or plates on other vehicle prohibited;  fine
    No person shall lend the registration certificate or registration plates for  use on a motor vehicle other than the vehicle for which issued, or use the same  for a motor vehicle other than the vehicle for which issued.

    Any person who violates this section shall be fined not less than twenty-five nor more than fifty dollars.
 
NJSA 39:3-36
39:3-36   Notification of change of residence; fees, penalties.
 39:3-36.  A licensed operator shall notify the director of any change in residence within one week after the change is made.  Notice shall be in such form and shall contain such information as the director may require.  Upon notification, and payment of a fee of $5 for the license in addition to the digitized picture fee, the director shall provide the licensed operator with a new license.

 The registered owner of a motor vehicle or a motorized bicycle shall notify the director of any change in residence within one week after the change is made.  Notice shall be in such form and shall contain such information as the director may require.  Upon notification, and payment of a fee of $5, the director shall provide the registered owner with a new registration certificate.

 A person who violates this section shall be subject to a penalty of not more than $25.

 Amended 1983, c.105, s.3; 1990, c.103, s.31; 1999, c.28, s.11; 2001, c.391, s.10.