61-3-101. Duties of department -- records. (1) (a) The department shall create and maintain a central registry of electronic files that includes an electronic record of title as specified in this section for motor vehicles for which:
(i) an application for a certificate of title has been received by the department, its authorized agent, or a county treasurer;
(ii) a certificate of title has been issued by the department; or
(iii) a registration, security interest, or lien transaction has been recorded by the department.
(b) The central registry of electronic files described in subsection (1) must include an electronic record of registration for each vehicle registered in this state:
(i) for which the certificate of title was issued by another jurisdiction and that was registered in another jurisdiction; or
(ii) for which a certificate of title has not been issued or is not required.
(2) The electronic record of title for a motor vehicle must contain the following information:
(a) the name, residence, and mailing address of the owner and:
(i) if the owner is the holder of a driver's license or identification card issued by the department or by a motor vehicle agency of another jurisdiction, the owner's driver's license or identification card number and the issuing jurisdiction; or
(ii) if the owner is a corporation, the registered agent's name and, if the agent is the holder of a driver's license or identification card, the agent's driver's license or identification card number and the issuing jurisdiction;
(b) a description of the motor vehicle, including, as pertinent to the motor vehicle:
(i) the manufacturer of the vehicle;
(ii) the manufacturer's designation of the style of the vehicle;
(iii) the identifying number;
(iv) the manufacturer's designated model year of manufacture and the odometer reading at the time of the transfer of ownership;
(v) the character of the motive power and the shipping weight of the vehicle as shown by the manufacturer;
(vi) the distinctive license number assigned to the vehicle, if any;
(vii) the gross vehicle weight and gross vehicle weight rating, as determined by the manufacturer, or, for a trailer operating interstate, the declared weight;
(viii) the unique transaction record number, when available and assigned by the department, for each transaction pertaining to the vehicle and the date of each transaction;
(ix) any brand required under state law or any brand carried forward from a certificate of title surrendered from another jurisdiction;
(x) if the vehicle has been or is currently registered in this state, the distinctive license plate number or certificate number assigned to the vehicle and a record of all fees and local option taxes, if applicable, paid for the current and preceding registration periods; and
(xi) other information that may be required for registration or may from time to time be found desirable.
(3) The electronic record of registration for a motor vehicle must contain, at a minimum, the following information:
(a) the name, residence, and mailing address of the owner and the driver's license or identification card data required in subsections (2)(a)(i) and (2)(a)(ii);
(b) the same data that is required under subsection (2)(b) for the electronic record of title; and
(c) any other data consider to be pertinent by the department.
(4) In order to prevent an accumulation of unneeded records and files, regardless of any other statutory requirements, the department may destroy all records and files that relate to vehicles that have not been registered within the preceding 4 years and that do not have an active lien.
(5) Subject to the provisions of Title 61, chapter 11, part 5, vehicle records maintained by the department must be open to inspection during reasonable business hours, and the department shall furnish any information from the records, except personal information and highly restricted personal information, as defined in 61-11-503, upon payment by the applicant of the cost of the information requested. Prior to providing the information, the department shall require the applicant to provide identification. The department may not disclose personal information or highly restricted personal information except as permitted or required under 61-11-507, 61-11-508, or 61-11-509.
History: En. Sec. 1, Ch. 75, L. 1917; re-en. Sec. 1755, R.C.M. 1921; amd. Sec. 1, Ch. 177, L. 1925; amd. Sec. 1, Ch. 129, L. 1927; amd. Sec. 1, Ch. 181, L. 1929; amd. Sec. 1, Ch. 159, L. 1933; re-en. Sec. 1755, R.C.M. 1935; amd. Secs. 1, 2, Ch. 62, L. 1943; amd. Sec. 1, Ch. 208, L. 1957; amd. Sec. 22, Ch. 177, L. 1965; amd. Sec. 1, Ch. 256, L. 1965; amd. Sec. 1, Ch. 74, L. 1967; amd. Sec. 1, Ch. 115, L. 1969; amd. Sec. 1, Ch. 207, L. 1969; amd. Sec. 1, Ch. 214, L. 1971; amd. Sec. 7, Ch. 343, L. 1977; R.C.M. 1947, 53-101; amd. Sec. 26, Ch. 421, L. 1979; amd. Sec. 1, Ch. 15, L. 1981; amd. Sec. 1, Ch. 503, L. 1985; amd. Sec. 2, Ch. 555, L. 1985; amd. Sec. 1, Ch. 236, L. 1991; amd. Sec. 2, Ch. 604, L. 1991; amd. Sec. 2, Ch. 724, L. 1991; amd. Sec. 18, Ch. 496, L. 1997; amd. Sec. 12, Ch. 409, L. 1999; amd. Sec. 15, Ch. 416, L. 1999; amd. Sec. 22, Ch. 515, L. 1999; amd. Sec. 13, Ch. 363, L. 2001; amd. Sec. 43, Ch. 477, L. 2003.