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TO AMEND SECTION 56-10-45, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE CONFISCATION OF SUSPENDED OR REVOKED DRIVER'S LICENSES, MOTOR VEHICLE REGISTRATION CARDS, AND MOTOR VEHICLE LICENSE PLATES, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT WHEN A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER CONFISCATES A LICENSE PLATE, HE SHALL LEAVE NOTICE AT THE LOCATION WHERE THE LICENSE PLATE WAS CONFISCATED THAT CONTAINS HIS NAME AND LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY, THE DATE THE LICENSE PLATE WAS CONFISCATED, THE REASON IT WAS CONFISCATED, AND THE LOCATION WHERE THE LICENSE PLATE IS STORED.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
SECTION 1. Section 56-10-45 of the 1976 Code, as last amended by Act 459 of 1996, is further amended to read:
"Section 56-10-45. (A) The Department of Public Safety may enter into agreements with other municipal and county law enforcement agencies for the collection of suspended or revoked drivers' licenses, motor vehicle
registrations registration cards, and motor vehicle license plates. The department must assess a fifty dollar fine for each item recovered pursuant to this section in addition to any other fines assessed. Upon collection, this fine must be returned on a quarterly basis to the general fund of the municipality or county which initiated the enforcement action.
(B) All motor vehicle registration
certificates cards, motor vehicle license plates, and drivers' licenses confiscated or seized pursuant to this section must be returned to the department within fifteen days.
(C) The department shall collect and keep the reinstatement fee as provided in Section 56-10-240 and the per diem fine as provided in Section 56-10-245 upon the reinstatement of
tags license plates confiscated by local law enforcement agencies pursuant to this section. Fines collected pursuant to Section 56-10-240, referring to the monetary penalty of a person who is guilty of a misdemeanor for wilful failure to return his motor vehicle license plates plate and registration card, must be paid to the governing body of the local law enforcement agency confiscating the tags license plate and deposited in the general fund of the local governing body. The director or his designee shall provide monthly provide information to local law enforcement agencies, upon request of the local law enforcement agency, on uninsured vehicles.
(D) When a law enforcement officer confiscates a license plate, he shall leave notice at the location where the license plate was confiscated that contains his name and law enforcement agency, the date the license plate was confiscated, the reason it was confiscated, and the location where the license plate is stored."
SECTION 2. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.
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