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FORMERLY HOUSE BILL NO. 273

AS AMENDED BY HOUSE AMENDMENT NO. 2

AN ACT TO AMEND CHAPTER 67, TITLE 21, DELAWARE CODE, RELATING TO ALTERATION OF AUTHORIZED IDENTIFICATION NUMBER ON VEHICLE OR ENGINE.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Delaware ( two-thirds of all members elected to each branch thereof concurring therein):

Section 1. Amend Chapter 67, Section 6705, Title 21, Delaware Code, by striking the present section in its entirety and substituting a new section to read as follows:

§ 6705. Removed, falsified or unauthorized identification number on vehicle or engine

(a) A person who willfully removes to falsify or falsifies an identification number of a vehicle or an engine for a vehicle is guilty of a misdemeanor.

(b) A person who, willfully and with intent to conceal or misrepresent the identity of a vehicle or engine, removes or falsifies an identification number of the vehicle or engine, is guilty of a felony.

(c) A person who buys, sells, receives, possesses or disposes of a vehicle or an engine for a vehicle, knowing that an identification number of the vehicle or engine has been removed or falsified, is guilty of a misdemeanor.

(d) A person who buys, sells, receives, possesses or disposes of a vehicle or an engine for a vehicle, with knowledge that an identification number of the vehicle or engine has been removed or falsified and with intent to conceal or misrepresent the identity of the vehicle or engine is guilty of a felony.

(e) A person who removes a license/registration plate from a vehicle or affixes to a vehicle a license/registration plate not authorized by law for use on it, in either case with intent to

conceal or misrepresent the identity of the vehicle or its owner, is guilty of a misdemeanor.

(f) An identification number may be placed on a vehicle or engine by its manufacturer in the regular course of business or placed or restored on a vehicle or engine ,,by authority of the Division without violating this section; an identification number so placed or restored is not falsified.

(g) Whoever is found guilty of a misdemeanor under this section shall be fined not less than $50 nor more than $500 or imprisoned not less than 30 days nor more than six months or both. Whoever is found guilty of a felony under this section shall be fined not less than $500 nor more than $5,000 or imprisoned not less than one (1) year nor more than five (5) years or both. Justices of Peace shall have jurisdiction.

Approved July 3, 1971.