A person may not operate, and an owner may not give another person permission to operate, a motor vehicle unless it has been registered.
An application for the registration of a motor vehicle shall be made by the owner of the vehicle to the DMV on a form furnished by the DMV.
The application for registration shall include: the signature of an owner of the vehicle to be registered; the name, residence and mailing address of the owner, or business address of the owner if the owner is a firm, association, or corporation; a description of the vehicle including the make, model, body type, the model year as specified by the manufacturer, the number of cylinders, and the identification number of the vehicle; and any other information required by the DMV to determine whether the owner is entitled to register the vehicle.
The DMV shall require that the applicant or person making the application for registration has a valid driver’s license.
Prior to registration a vehicle must have: an identification number inspection done by a licensed dealer or a qualified identification number inspector; passed the safety inspection, if required in the current year; passed the emissions inspection, if required in the current year; paid property taxes, the fee, or received a property tax clearance; paid required sales and use tax; paid the automobile driver education tax; paid the uninsured motorist fee, if applicable; and a valid certificate of title for the vehicle being registered.
A registration card shall be signed by the owner in ink in the space provided and carried at all times in the vehicle to which it was issued.
The application for registration shall not contain any false or fraudulent statements. Such statements shall result in refusal of registration to the applicant.
There is no period of grace for late registration.
A trailer of 750 lbs. or less unladen weight and not designed, used, and maintained for hire or for the transportation of property or persons is not required to be registered.
All applications are made to the tag agent of the county wherein the applicant’s vehicle is required to be returned for ad valorem taxation.
The application must include the name, place of residence, and address of the applicant; a description of the vehicle; from whom, where, and when the vehicle was purchased; and the total amount of liens with the name and address of the lienholder.
Initial applications for registration must contain satisfactory proof of ownership.
No application shall be accepted and no certificate of registration shall be issued to any motor vehicle which was not manufactured to comply with federal emission and safety standards applicable to new motor vehicles.