WVC 17 A- 3 - 20
§17A-3-20. Department may assign new identifying numbers.
The department may assign a distinguishing number to a motor
vehicle whenever the serial number thereon is destroyed or
obliterated and issue to the owner a special plate bearing such
distinguishing number which shall be affixed to the vehicle in a
position to be determined by the commissioner. Such motor
vehicle may then be registered under such distinguishing number
in lieu of the former serial number.