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Claim: Michigan motorists can be fined for not signing the backs of their car registrations.
Example: [Collected on the Internet, January 2007]
Origins: This e-mail warning about "new legislation in Michigan" began circulating in December 2006. While the helpful heads-up was then correct that drivers in Michigan were required to sign the backs of their vehicle registrations as soon as they received those documents, the law in question was not new but in fact dated to at least 1949.
(1) Upon receipt of a registration certificate, the owner shall write his or her signature thereon with pen and ink in the space provided. A registration certificate shall at all times be carried in the vehicle to which it refers or shall be carried by the person driving or in control of the vehicle, who shall display the registration certificate upon demand of a police officer.That
(2) A person who violates this section is responsible for a civil infraction.
While the original e-mail asserted that the fine for not signing one's Michigan vehicle registration was $125, the amount of the penalty assessed actually varied according to local courts.
Barbara "ink is cheap, fines aren't" Mikkelson
Last updated: 19 January 2008
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