WVC 17 A- 3 - 8
§17A-3-8. Examination of registration records and index of stolen
and recovered vehicles.
The department, upon receiving application for original
registration of a vehicle or any certificate of title, shall
first check the manufacturer's serial or identification number
shown in the application against the indexes of registered motor
vehicles and against the index of stolen and recovered motor
vehicles required to be maintained by this chapter.