32-3-51 Dismantled or destroyed vehicle--Return of plates and title to department--Cancellation of...
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Dismantled or destroyed vehicle--Return of plates and title to department--Cancellation of registration--Consent of lien holder--Notation on certificate--Destruction of
certificates--Retention of record--Removal of identification numbers as felony.
If a vehicle is
permanently destroyed, crushed, or compacted so that it can no longer be used on the public
highways or used for parts, the owner shall detach the registration plates and forward them, along
with the registration card and certificate of title, within fifteen days, to the department. The
department shall cancel the registration card and the title on its records. If the title shows any lien,
the lien holder's consent to the cancellation shall be endorsed on the certificate of title. The certificate
of title surrendered by the owner shall have noted thereon the purpose of cancellation and, in case
of a transfer, the assignment on the reverse side shall be completed. The department shall destroy
the certificate of title and other records pertaining thereto, but shall keep an appropriate record of all
such vehicles destroyed, crushed, or compacted and denoting the name and address of the last owner
thereof. The owner may not remove the vehicle's identification number or other identification
numbers. Removal of the vehicle's identification number or other identification numbers is a Class
Source: SDC 1939, § 44.0211-4 as enacted by SL 1965, ch 183; SL 1984, ch 217, § 3; SL 1985,
ch 239, § 1; SL 1986, ch 242, § 30.
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