Secretary of State
The statute governing the use of dealer plates is Section 244 of the Michigan Vehicle Code (MCL 257.244; MSA 9.1944). The relevant sections of the statute are as follows:
Sec. 244(4). "A dealer owning any vehicle of a type otherwise required to be registered under this act may operate or move the vehicle upon the highways without registering each such vehicle if the vehicle displays, in the manner prescribed in section 225, 1 special plate issued to the owner by the secretary of state. For the purposes of this subsection, "dealer" shall include any employee, servant or agent of the dealer."
Sec. 244(6). "The plates described in this section shall not be used on service cars or wreckers which are being operated as an adjunct of a licensee's business. . ."
Improper Uses of Vehicles Bearing Dealer Plates Include:
Law enforcement personnel are encouraged to verify dealer plate ownership through LEIN (Law Enforcement Information Network). The plate record contains the name and address of the dealer who owns the dealer plate.
Vehicle and Driver Identification
Dealers may assist law enforcement agencies by providing certain documents to persons operating vehicles with dealer plates.
New Vehicles---A copy of the manufacturer's certificate of origin or a copy of that portion of the invoice showing the dealer's identification and the vehicle identification number of the vehicle being driven.
Dealer Trades---A copy of either an RD-108 or MV-17 Dealer Reassignment form that shows both dealers' names and addresses.
Used Vehicles---A copy of the front and back of the assigned certificate of title.
A form clearly identifying the dealership that authorizes the operator to use the vehicle. If the operator is a prospective customer, then a statement that the vehicle is being operated for demonstration purposes including the date and time that the prospective customer took possession of the vehicle. The form should include the dealership's telephone number.
A copy of the certificate of fleet insurance for any and all dealer-owned vehicles.
Customer Purchase of Vehicle
A signed and dated copy of the RD-108 showing the new owner's name and address.
A certificate of no-fault insurance for the vehicle.
We hope this information is helpful to dealers and law enforcement agencies. We recommend and encourage copies of this document be provided to patrol officers and dealer employees.