Bill Text: NY S02737 | 2019-2020 | General Assembly | Introduced


Bill Title: Prohibits certain entities from engaging in the business of assisting for hire in securing motor vehicle registrations or, for compensation, giving instructions as to procuring motor vehicle registrations.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-01-29 - REFERRED TO TRANSPORTATION [S02737 Detail]

Download: New_York-2019-S02737-Introduced.html


                STATE OF NEW YORK
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                                          2737
                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions
                    IN SENATE
                                    January 29, 2019
                                       ___________
        Introduced  by  Sen.  KAPLAN -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
          printed to be committed to the Committee on Transportation
        AN ACT to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to  prohibiting
          certain entities from engaging in the business of securing motor vehi-
          cle registrations or giving instructions as to procuring motor vehicle
          registrations
          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section 1. Section 395 of the vehicle and traffic law, as  amended  by
     2  chapter 124 of the laws of 1974, is amended to read as follows:
     3    § 395. Certain  private  service  bureaus  to be licensed.   Except as
     4  otherwise provided herein, no person, firm, association  or  corporation
     5  shall, engage in the business of assisting for hire in securing licenses
     6  to  drive  motor  vehicles or registrations or titles of motor vehicles,
     7  nor shall any person, firm, association or corporation for  compensation
     8  give  instructions  as  to procuring licenses to drive motor vehicles or
     9  registrations or titles of motor vehicles, without being the holder of a
    10  license for such purpose issued by the commissioner of  motor  vehicles.
    11  An  applicant  for  a  license  shall furnish the commissioner with such
    12  information and such references as to moral character as he may  reason-
    13  ably  require.  Every application shall be accompanied by a fee of twen-
    14  ty-five dollars, which shall be regarded as an application fee and shall
    15  in no event be refunded. If an application be approved  by  the  commis-
    16  sioner,  the  applicant upon the payment of an additional fee of twenty-
    17  five dollars shall be granted a license which shall expire on the  thir-
    18  tieth  day  of June following the date of its issuance. The commissioner
    19  shall issue a license certificate to  each  licensee  which  certificate
    20  shall  be conspicuously displayed in the place of business of the licen-
    21  see, or, if the licensee has no place  of  business,  such  certificates
    22  shall  be  exhibited  at the request of any person. In case of the loss,
    23  mutilation or destruction of a certificate, the commissioner shall issue
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD02838-02-9

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     1  a duplicate upon proof of the facts and the payment  of  a  fee  of  one
     2  dollar.  The  refusal to issue a license may be reviewed by a proceeding
     3  under article seventy-eight of the civil practice law  and  rules.  Such
     4  license  shall  be renewed annually upon the payment of a fee of twenty-
     5  five dollars, such renewal to take effect on the first day  of  July  in
     6  each year.  Upon renewal, the commissioner may, in his discretion, issue
     7  a  license  which  shall be valid for a two year period. The fee for any
     8  such two year renewal shall be fifty dollars.
     9    No license shall be issued under this section nor shall any renewal of
    10  a license issued under this section be made for conducting business in a
    11  city having a population of fifty thousand or  more,  according  to  the
    12  latest  federal  census  if  the  place  of business of the licensee, or
    13  branch thereof, is within fifteen hundred feet of a building,  owned  or
    14  leased  by  the state, a county or a city, in which motor vehicle regis-
    15  trations or licenses to drive motor vehicles are issued to  the  public.
    16  The  said  distance  of fifteen hundred feet shall be measured along the
    17  public streets by the nearest route from  such  place  of  business,  or
    18  branch thereof, to such building. The provisions of this paragraph shall
    19  not  apply  to a holder of a certificate of registration issued pursuant
    20  to section four hundred fifteen of this chapter.
    21    No license shall be issued under this section nor shall any renewal of
    22  a license issued under this section be made for a person, firm,  associ-
    23  ation  or  corporation who engages in the business of assisting for hire
    24  in securing motor vehicle registrations or who, for  compensation,  give
    25  instructions as to procuring motor vehicle registrations. The provisions
    26  of this paragraph shall not apply to a holder of a license issued pursu-
    27  ant  to  section three hundred ninety-four of this article or the holder
    28  of a certificate of registration issued pursuant to section four hundred
    29  fifteen of this chapter.
    30    A licensee shall be subject to such reasonable regulations  concerning
    31  the  business  conducted  under  his  license  as  the  commissioner may
    32  prescribe and he shall permit the commissioner, or his  representatives,
    33  to  inspect  his place of business on any business day and shall furnish
    34  to the commissioner, or his representative, such information  concerning
    35  the conduct of the business as may be reasonably required.
    36    The  provisions  of subdivisions five and six of section three hundred
    37  ninety-four of this [chapter] article shall be applicable  with  respect
    38  to this section.
    39    The holder of a license issued pursuant to section three hundred nine-
    40  ty-four  of  this  [chapter]  article  or the holder of a certificate of
    41  registration issued pursuant to section four  hundred  fifteen  of  this
    42  chapter  shall not be required to secure a license under this section in
    43  order to conduct a business for which a  license  is  required  by  this
    44  section  but  any  such  licensee, or registrant, who shall conduct such
    45  business, shall be subject to the same visitation and regulation by  the
    46  commissioner with reference to such business as provided in this section
    47  with respect to a licensee under this section.
    48    As  used in this section the phrase "licenses to drive motor vehicles"
    49  includes the term "learners' permits".
    50    A violation of any of the provisions of this section shall  constitute
    51  a misdemeanor.
    52    § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.
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