Vehicle Registration Denial

In addition to plate confiscation and vehicle immobilization, registration denial limits repeat offenders access to vehicles. Persons whose licenses are revoked/suspended for three or more drunk driving offenses, or for four or more mandatory additional driving while suspended/revoked actions, will not be eligible to register vehicles with the Secretary of State (effective June, 2000). This denial is effective until the person is re-licensed. Registration denial is based upon the person's driving history. Any vehicles owned, co-owned, leased, or co-leased by the offender will be denied registration.

Persons subject to registration denial may not transfer title to a family member without a court order, nor may they purchase or lease another vehicle. These offenses are 93-day misdemeanors. Although a vehicle purchased by a person subject to registration denial may be titled, it may not be registered. Titling is permitted so that the seller's name may be removed from the title in casual transactions and dealers may receive some protection in these transactions.