Current Status Introducing Body:
HouseBill Number: 3385Ratification Number: 92Act Number: 46Primary Sponsor: AltmanType of Legislation: GBSubject: License plates, appearance ofDate Bill Passed both Bodies: Apr 25, 1991Computer Document Number: 3385Governor's Action: SDate of Governor's Action: Apr 29, 1991Introduced Date: Jan 31, 1991Date of Last Amendment: Apr 10, 1991Last History Body: ------Last History Date: Apr 29, 1991Last History Type: Act No. 46Scope of Legislation: StatewideAll Sponsors: AltmanType of Legislation: General Bill
Bill Body Date Action Description CMN ---- ------ ------------ ------------------------------ --- 3385 ------ Apr 29, 1991 Act No. 46 3385 ------ Apr 29, 1991 Signed by Governor 3385 ------ Apr 25, 1991 Ratified R 92 3385 House Apr 24, 1991 Concurred in Senate amendment, enrolled for ratification 3385 Senate Apr 16, 1991 Read third time, returned with amendment 3385 Senate Apr 10, 1991 Amended, read second time 3385 Senate Apr 09, 1991 Committee Report: Favorable 15 with amendment 3385 Senate Mar 20, 1991 Introduced, read first time, 15 referred to Committee 3385 House Mar 19, 1991 Read third time, sent to Senate 3385 House Mar 07, 1991 Amended, read second time 3385 House Mar 07, 1991 Objection withdrawn by Representative 3385 House Mar 06, 1991 Objection by Representative 3385 House Feb 28, 1991 Committee Report: Favorable 21 with amendment 3385 House Jan 31, 1991 Introduced, read first time, 21 referred to CommitteeView additional legislative information at the LPITS web site.
(A46, R92, H3385)
AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 56-3-1240, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO DISPLAY OF LICENSE PLATES, SO AS TO PROVIDE FOR THE LOCATION OF THE LICENSE CLEARLY AND TO PROVIDE ADDITIONAL RESTRICTIONS ON THE APPEARANCE OF A LICENSE PLATE ISSUED BY THE DEPARTMENT.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
Display of license plate
SECTION 1. Section 56-3-1240 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:
"Section 56-3-1240. License plates issued for motor vehicles must be attached to the outside rear of the vehicle, open to view, except that on truck tractors and road tractors the plates must be attached to the outside front of the vehicle. Every license plate, at all times, must be fastened securely in a horizontal and upright position to the vehicle for which it was issued so as to prevent the plate from swinging. The bottom of the plate must be at a height of not less than twelve inches from the ground in a place and position clearly visible as provided in Section 56-5-4530, and it must be maintained free from foreign materials and in a clearly legible condition. No other license plate, lighting equipment, except as permitted in Section 56-5-4350, tag, sign, monogram, tinted cover, or inscription of metal or other material may be displayed above, around, or upon the plate other than that which is authorized and issued by the department for the purpose of validating the plate. It is not unlawful to place a decal on the license plate if it does not obscure any letters or numbers. A motor vehicle owner may attach a trailer hitch to a motor vehicle provided the hitch does not obscure more than two inches of the license plate issued to the motor vehicle. It is unlawful to operate or drive a motor vehicle with the license plate missing and a person who is convicted for violating this section must be punished as provided by Section 56-3-2520."
SECTION 2. This act takes effect one hundred eighty days after approval by the Governor.
Approved the 29th day of April, 1991.