Greensboro, NC -- A 2WTK viewer recently emailed us with this question:
I have recently been told that a new law went into effect at the beginning of this year regarding signing your vehicle registration card. I was told if you are stopped and this card is not signed, there would be a $200 fine.
Is this information true or false? --janet T
First,let's tackle what is true. According to the DMV, there is a new updated law to the current law. Actually there are two new updated laws.
Right now, it's a class two misdemeanor if you don't sign your card and you can be fined no more than a hundred bucks.
Here's the confusion.
On July 29th..State lawmakers passed two bills, Senate Bill 402, which was a big sweeping budget measure, also increased the penalty for not signing your card.
The fine and court costs can now be more than a hundred dollars.
But the charge is downgraded to a class three misdemeanor.
This goes into effect December first.
The second bill, Senate Bill 182, lowers the charge to a class 3 but keeps the penalty at a hundred bucks.
This bill also has a December first effective date.
But this is currently unsigned and on the governor's desk, which means it will become law in 60 days unless he vetoes it.
All that said, sign your card.
If you get stopped for something else you could get charged with this.
But a local attorney I talked with said he's never seen it happen.
But here it is Senate Bill 402 And Section 18B.
The C-2 part reads if a person is guilty of a class 3 misdemeanor if they
1-fail to carry the registration card
2-fail to sign the vehicle registration card
3- fail to notify of change of address
Of course law enforcement isn't going to pull you over just to see your registration card. But if you're cited for speeding, rolling through a stop-sign and your registration card isn't signed police could pile on another fine.