SB 0161 Watercraft: titling, registration, towing
Committee:WAMELR Number:S0656.01I
Last Action:02/02/95 - Voted Do Pass S Ways & Means Committee
Effective Date:January 1, 1996
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Current Bill Summary

SB 161 - This act contains provisions for watercraft titling, registration and towing. Additions are also made for outboard motors.

VESSEL TITLING, CERTIFICATES - The time limit for getting a vessel titled is reduced from 60 to 30 days. Nonresidents shall also obtain a title if keeping a vessel Missouri for 60 consecutive days. A $2 fee is added for the newly created "Water Safety Fund". Temporary certificates of number are authorized for issuance by the Department of Revenue (DOR). Upon change of ownership, the new owner shall notify the DOR of the change, rather than the old owner. Provision are added to replace numbers that are lost or stolen.

REGISTRATION, CERTIFICATES - Annual registration fees of $5 to $25 are added, to be put in the Water Safety Fund. Registration fees may be prorated. Manufacturers' ID number shall be used.

BOAT MOTORS - A 30 day time limit is set for titling, consistent with the limit for vessels. The fee is increased to $7.50, and registration may be synchronized with that for the boat. A decal shall be placed on the motor instead of a plate. Temporary certificates may be issued.

TOWING - Any law enforcement officer may authorize the towing of vessels and motors in four situations: (1) when left unattended and blocking water traffic for over 48 hours; (2) when left illegally in a position to block water traffic; (3) when reported as stolen or taken without consent; and (4) when the operator is arrested for an offense and taken into custody. Procedures are written for liability, towing and storage charges, record checks and transfer of ownership, similar to the method for abandoned motor vehicles.

EFFECTIVE DATE - January 1, 1996.