SENATE BILL 273
54th legislature - STATE OF NEW MEXICO - first session, 2019
George K. Munoz
RELATING TO LICENSE PLATES; CREATING A STANDARDIZED REGISTRATION PLATE TO ACCOMMODATE SPECIAL REGISTRATION DECALS DESIGNED BY NEW MEXICO'S INDIAN NATIONS, TRIBES AND PUEBLOS; MAKING AN APPROPRIATION.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF NEW MEXICO:
SECTION 1. A new section of the Motor Vehicle Code is
enacted to read:
"[NEW MATERIAL] STANDARDIZED REGISTRATION PLATES--TRIBALLY DESIGNED SPECIAL REGISTRATION DECALS.--
A. For a fee of ten dollars ($10.00), which shall
be in addition to the regular motor registration fee, the
department shall issue standardized registration plates with
space for a tribally designed special registration decal approved by the department. The fee collected for each registration plate shall be retained by the department and is appropriated to the department for the manufacture and issuance of the registration plate and for tribally designed special registration decals. No two owners shall be issued identically lettered or numbered registration plates.
B. Tribally designed special registration plates, on the standardized areas, shall:
(1) display the colors of the state flag, with red lettering on a yellow background;
(2) display the phrases "New Mexico USA" and "Land of Enchantment";
(3) provide a space for applying a special registration decal, centered at the left edge of the plate between the attachment holes, beginning one-fourth inch in from the edge of the plate and having the following dimensions:
(a) four and one-eighth inches in height; and
(b) three and one-eighth inches in width; and
(4) provide a vehicle registration number, to be assigned by the department, that consists of five alphanumeric characters displayed to the right of the special decal area.
C. Tribally designed special registration decals, except for the standard dimensions specified in Paragraph (3) of Subsection B of this section, shall be left to the design discretion of each federally recognized Indian nation, tribe or pueblo located wholly or partially in New Mexico, in consultation with and as approved by the department.
D. Each federally recognized Indian nation, tribe or pueblo located wholly or partially in New Mexico that designs a special registration decal shall provide a sample of the decal design in a format specified by the department.
E. The department may promulgate rules for the implementation of the provisions of this section."
SECTION 2. EFFECTIVE DATE.--The effective date of the provisions of this act is July 1, 2019.
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