Senate Bill No. 357
(By Senator Schoonover)
[Introduced February 9, 1996; referred to the Committee
A BILL to amend and reenact section twenty-three, article three,
chapter seventeen-a of the code of West Virginia, one
thousand nine hundred thirty-one, as amended, relating to
registration plates for governmental agencies and adding
board of public works to the exemption of the requirement
for state plates.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That section twenty-three, article three, chapter
seventeen-a of the code of West Virginia, one thousand nine
hundred thirty-one, as amended, be amended and reenacted to read
ARTICLE 3. ORIGINAL AND RENEWAL OF REGISTRATION; ISSUANCE OF
CERTIFICATES OF TITLE.
§17A-3-23. Registration plates to state, county, municipal and
other governmental vehicles; use for undercover
Any motor vehicle designed to carry passengers, owned or
leased by the state of West Virginia, or any of its departments,
bureaus, commissions or institutions, except vehicles used by the
governor, treasurer elected members of the board of public works,
vehicles operated by the department of public safety, not to
exceed six vehicles operated by conservation officers of the
division of natural resources, not to exceed ten vehicles
operated by the arson investigators of the office of state fire
marshal and not to exceed sixteen vehicles operated by inspectors
of the office of the alcohol beverage control commissioner, shall
not be operated or driven by any person unless it shall have
displayed and attached to the front thereof, in the same manner
as regular motor vehicle registration plates are attached, a
plate of the same size as the regular registration plate, with
white lettering on a green background bearing the words "West
Virginia" in one line and the words "State Car" in another line,
and the lettering for the words "State Car" shall be of
sufficient size to be plainly readable from a distance of one hundred feet during daylight.
Such vehicle shall also have attached to the rear a plate
bearing a number and such other words and figures as the
commissioner of motor vehicles shall prescribe. The rear plate
shall also be green with the number in white.
On registration plates issued to vehicles owned by counties,
the color shall be white on red with the word "County" on top of
the plate and the words "West Virginia" on the bottom. On any
registration plates issued to a city or municipality, the color
shall be white on blue with the word "City" on top, and the words
"West Virginia" on the bottom. The colors may not be reversed
and shall be of reflectorized material. The registration plates
issued to counties, municipalities and other governmental
agencies authorized to receive colored plates hereunder shall be
affixed to both the front and rear of such vehicles.
The commissioner is authorized to designate the colors and
design of any other registration plates that are issued without
charge to any other agency in accordance with the motor vehicle
Upon application and payment of fees, the commissioner is
authorized to issue a maximum of five Class A license plates per applicant to be used by county sheriffs and municipalities on
law-enforcement vehicles while engaged in undercover
The commissioner is authorized to issue an unlimited number
of license plates per applicant to authorized drug and violent
crime task forces in the state of West Virginia when the
chairperson of the control group of a drug and violent crime task
force signs a written affidavit stating that the vehicle or
vehicles for which the plates are being requested will be used
only for official undercover work conducted by such drug and
violent crime task force.
The commissioner is authorized to issue twenty Class A
license plates to the criminal investigation division of the
department of tax and revenue for use by its investigators.
No other registration plate shall be issued for, or attached
to, any such state-owned vehicle.
The commissioner of motor vehicles shall have a sufficient
number of both front and rear plates produced to attach to all
state-owned cars. The numbered registration plates for such
vehicles shall start with the number "five hundred" and the
commissioner shall issue consecutive numbers for all state-owned cars.
It shall be the duty of each office, department, bureau,
commission or institution furnished any such vehicle to have such
plates affixed thereto prior to the operation of such vehicle by
any official or employee.
Any person who violates the provisions of this section shall
be guilty of a misdemeanor, and, upon conviction thereof, shall
be fined not less than fifty dollars nor more than one hundred
Magistrates shall have concurrent jurisdiction with circuit
and criminal courts for the enforcement of this section.
(NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to create an exemption
for the board of public works from the requirement of this
section to display a state plate.
Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken
from the present law, and underscoring indicates new language
that would be added.)
TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE AMENDMENTS
On page one, section twenty-three, line twenty-six, after
the word "the" by inserting the words "governor, treasurer,"
On page two, section twenty-three, line one, by striking out
the words "elected members of the board of public works," and
inserting in lieu thereof the words "three plates per elected
office of the board of public works,".
On page one, by striking out the title and substituting
therefor a new title, to read as follows:
Senate Bill No. 357--A Bill to amend and reenact section
twenty-three, article three, chapter seventeen-a of the code of
West Virginia, one thousand nine hundred thirty-one, as amended,
relating to individuals and state agencies exempted from using
state license plates; and adding three plates per elected office
of the board of public works to the exemptions.