1997 Regular Session
By: Senator(s) Bryan
Senate Bill 2895
(As Sent to Governor)
AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 63-21-16, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO AUTHORIZE INSTITUTIONS THAT HAVE AGREED TO LOAN MONEY FOR THE PURCHASE OF A MOTOR VEHICLE FOR CERTAIN TYPES OF SALES TO ACCEPT APPLICATIONS FOR CERTIFICATE OF TITLE; TO AUTHORIZE SUCH INSTITUTION TO COMPLETE APPLICATIONS FOR CERTIFICATE OF TITLE; TO AUTHORIZE DESIGNATED AGENTS OF THE TAX COMMISSION TO PROVIDE THE OWNER OF THE MOTOR VEHICLE THE LIENHOLDER'S COPY OF THE CERTIFICATE OF TITLE APPLICATION UPON COMPLETION OF THE APPLICATION FOR TITLE AND REGISTRATION PROCESS; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI:
SECTION 1. Section 63-21-16, Mississippi Code of 1972, is amended as follows:
63-21-16. (1) Banks and other lending institutions that are appointed designated agents by the State Tax Commission under Section 63-21-13(3), Mississippi Code of 1972, may electronically transmit to the State Tax Commission information entered by the institution on applications for a certificate of title given in connection with a loan for which the owner's motor vehicle is pledged to that institution as collateral for the loan. The format and the data required to be transmitted shall be established by the State Tax Commission. Transmission of data shall meet minimum criteria and edits established by the State Tax Commission equal to any edit presently existing in the statewide title registration system, or as may be established, to which the county tax collectors shall also conform. All data transmitted must successfully pass established edits of vehicle identification number, title number, year, make, series, body style, title type, lienholder name, mailing address and lienholder account number assigned to a lienholder by the State Tax Commission to identify the lienholder, for the purpose of causing the data to appear in the certificate of title for which the application is made.
(2) It shall be the responsibility of the institution to verify all data before it is electronically transmitted. It shall also be the responsibility of the institution to ensure that the required certification of designated agent and the certification of statement of facts that are contained on the application for certificate of title appear above the signatures of both the owner and the authorized representative of the designated agent. Data which cannot be transmitted because of error shall be corrected by the institution when the statewide title registration system indicates that the data is erroneous or is not valid for the purposes of titling the motor vehicle or for transfer of the data.
(3) * * * When an institution has agreed to loan money for the purchase of a motor vehicle, the institution shall complete an application for certificate of title or require the borrower to provide to the institution the copy of the application for certificate of title contained in the application packet which is designated "Lienholder's Copy" according to provisions of the Motor Vehicle Title Law, which the owner will receive from the county tax collector or any designated agent upon completion of the application for title and registration process.
(4) An application for certificate of title originating from a designated agent shall be entered on the statewide title registration system by the originating lending institution when the transaction is for the purpose of perfecting the institution's interest in a vehicle currently owned or purchased by the applicant, * * * in connection with application for certificate of title or the purchase of a license tag or both. * * *
(5) When an institution in this state adds a second lien on a certificate of title in possession of a first lienholder institution in this state, the second lienholder institution seeking to be shown on the certificate of title shall:
(a) Prepare the application for certificate of title in accordance with the requirements of Sections 63-21-15 and 63-21-45(c);
(b) Obtain all required signatures; and
(c) Forward the completed application for certificate of title to the first lienholder together with any necessary remittance advice, a check for the title fee payable to the State Tax Commission and a cover letter to the first lienholder requesting that the first lienholder attach the certificate of title to the required documents sent by the second lienholder and then forward the application, certificate of title and required documents to the State Tax Commission.
(6) Upon receipt of the application for certificate of title from the second lienholder institution to record the second lien, the first lienholder institution shall compare the data contained in the application for certificate of title to the information contained in the original certificate of title. If the first lienholder institution is satisfied as to the ownership, accuracy and order of priority of liens as shown in the application, it shall enter the data contained on the application for certificate of title prepared by the second lienholder on the statewide title registration system, including the designated agent number of the second lienholder. After entering the data from the application for certificate of title, the first lienholder institution shall immediately forward the application for certificate of title with the certificate of title attached to the application, the remittance advice and the second lienholder's check for the title fee to the State Tax Commission within three (3) working days.
(7) In an assignment of lien pursuant to Section 63-21-47, the assignee shall receive the notice of assignment along with the current title attached and with the assignors interest open. The assignee lienholder shall prepare an application for certificate of title according to the notice of assignment, showing the assignee institution as the lienholder, and then shall electronically transmit the data to the State Tax Commission.
The completed application shall be forwarded to the State Tax Commission within three (3) working days.
(8) The State Tax Commission, upon receipt of applications for certificate of title, shall verify the data by accessing it on the statewide title registration system by the title application control number appearing on the application for title. After receiving verification that is satisfactory to the State Tax Commission that the data necessary for the issuance of a new certificate of title exists, the State Tax Commission shall issue a new certificate of title that records the interests of all the parties named in the application for certificate of title.
(9) Institutions shall be connected to the statewide title registration system for the purpose of electronic transfer of applications for certificate of title data in the order of priority established by the State Tax Commission.
(10) If a participating institution fails to comply with the provisions of this section or the rules adopted by the State Tax Commission to implement this section, the State Tax Commission may impose a penalty of Twenty-five Dollars ($25.00) for each instance of noncompliance. Any penalty imposed under this section not paid within thirty (30) days after a notice is given shall be subject to collection from the bond of the designated agent that is required to be provided under the provisions of Section 63-21-13(3). The penalty provided shall also be assessable, due and collectible from any licensed motor vehicle dealer for failure to accept an application for certificate of title for each and every vehicle he sells to a consumer. These penalties shall be cumulative, supplemental and in addition to the penalties provided by any other law.
(11) This section shall apply to any bank or lending institution that is appointed as a designated agent by the State Tax Commission under Section 63-21-13(3), that chooses to electronically transmit information on applications for certificates of title to the State Tax Commission. This section shall not apply to other banks or lending institutions.
SECTION 2. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after its passage.