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342.22(1) (1) Within one month or within 10 days following written demand by the debtor after there is no outstanding obligation and no commitment to make advances, incur obligations or otherwise give value, secured by the security interest in a vehicle under any security agreement between the owner and the secured party, the secured party shall mail or deliver the certificate of title for the vehicle to the department if the secured party is in possession of the certificate and shall also do one of the following:
342.22(1)(a) (a) If the secured party is an individual or a person exempted by rule under s. 342.245 (3), execute and deliver to the owner, as the department prescribes, a release of the security interest in the form and manner prescribed by the department and a notice to the owner stating in no less than 10-point boldface type the owner's obligation under sub. (2). If the secured party fails to execute and deliver the release and notice of the owner's obligation as required by this paragraph, the secured party is liable to the owner for $25 and for any loss caused to the owner by the failure.
342.22(1)(b) (b) If the secured party is not described in par. (a), deliver to the department a release of the security interest in the manner specified in s. 342.245 (1) and deliver to the owner a notice stating that the release has been provided to the department.
342.22(2) (2) If an owner, other than a dealer holding the vehicle for resale, is in possession of the owner's certificate of title, the owner, upon receipt of the release and notice of obligation delivered under sub. (1) (a), shall promptly cause the certificate and release to be mailed or delivered to the department, which shall release the secured party's rights on the certificate and issue a new certificate. Upon receipt of the notice under sub. (1) (b), the owner may, in the form and manner prescribed by the department and without additional fee, deliver an application and the certificate of title to the department and the department shall issue a new certificate of title free of the security interest notation.
342.22(3) (3) The department may remove information pertaining to a security interest perfected under s. 342.19 from its computerized records when the following applicable period of time after the original perfection has elapsed unless the security interest is renewed in the same manner as provided in s. 342.19 (2) for perfection of a security interest:
342.22(3)(a) (a) For a recreational vehicle, 20 years.
342.22(3)(b) (b) For a truck tractor, 8 years.
342.22(3)(c) (c) For any other vehicle, 10 years.
342.22(4) (4) Removal of information pertaining to a security interest from the records of the department under sub. (3) does not affect any security agreement between the owner of a vehicle and the holder of security interest in the vehicle.
342.23 342.23 Secured party's and owner's duties.
342.23(1) (1) A secured party named in a certificate of title shall, upon written request of the owner or of another secured party named on the certificate, disclose any pertinent information as to the party's security agreement and the indebtedness secured by it.
342.23(2) (2) An owner or person in possession of the owner's certificate of title, as shown by the records of the department, shall promptly deliver the certificate of title to any secured party who is named on it or who has a security interest in the vehicle described in it under any other applicable prior law of this state, upon receipt of a notice from such secured party that the security interest is to be assigned, extended or perfected.
342.23(3) (3) Any secured party who fails to disclose information pursuant to sub. (1) shall be liable for any loss caused to owner thereby.
342.23(4) (4) Any owner or other person in possession of the owner's certificate of title who fails to deliver the certificate of title to a secured party requesting it pursuant to sub. (2) shall be liable to such secured party for any loss caused to the secured party thereby and may be required to forfeit not more than $200.
342.23 History History: 1971 c. 278; 1991 a. 316; 1993 a. 159; 2011 a. 32.
342.24 342.24 Method of perfecting exclusive. Subject to s. 409.311 (4), the method provided in this chapter of perfecting and giving notice of security interests subject to this chapter is exclusive. Security interests subject to this chapter are hereby exempted from the provisions of law which otherwise require or relate to the filing of instruments creating or evidencing security interests.
342.24 History History: 2001 a. 10.
342.24 Annotation Motor vehicle law provisions relating to security do not apply to a mobile home that has become a fixture. George v. Commercial Credit Corp. 440 F.2d 551 (1971).
342.245 342.245 Electronic processing of certain applications.
342.245(1)(1) Except as provided in sub. (3), a secured party shall file a security interest statement and pay the fee under s. 342.19 (2) (a) 2. and deliver a release of a security interest under s. 342.22 (1) (b) utilizing an electronic process prescribed by the department under sub. (4).
342.245(2) (2) Upon receipt of a certificate of title as provided in s. 342.20 (1), a person required to file a security interest statement under sub. (1) shall destroy the certificate of title.
342.245(3) (3) The department may, by rule, exempt a person or a type of transaction from the requirements of sub. (1). Any person who is exempted under this subsection shall pay a fee to the department for processing applications submitted by the person under s. 342.19 (2) (a) 1. and releases submitted under s. 342.22, utilizing a process other than an electronic process.
342.245(4) (4) The department shall promulgate rules to implement and administer this section.
342.245 History History: 2009 a. 28.
342.245 Cross-reference Cross-reference: See also ch. Trans 148, Wis. adm. code.
342.25 342.25 Suspension or revocation of certificate.
342.25(1)(1) The department shall suspend or revoke a certificate of title if it finds any of the following:
342.25(1)(a) (a) The certificate of title was fraudulently procured, erroneously issued or prohibited by law.
342.25(1)(b) (b) The vehicle has been scrapped, dismantled or destroyed.
342.25(1)(c) (c) A transfer of title is set aside by a court of record by order or judgment.
342.25(1)(d) (d) The vehicle's odometer has been subjected to tampering and return of the certificate of title to the department is considered necessary to make a notation of that information on the certificate.
342.25(2) (2) Suspension or revocation of a certificate of title does not, in itself, affect the validity of a security interest noted on it.
342.25(3) (3) When the department suspends or revokes a certificate of title, the owner or person in possession of it shall, immediately upon receiving notice of the suspension or revocation, mail or deliver the certificate to the department.
342.25(4) (4) The department may seize and impound any certificate of title which has been suspended or revoked.
342.25 History History: 1977 c. 29 s. 1654 (7) (a); 1993 a. 159.
342.255 342.255 Cancellation of title or registration. The department shall cancel a title or registration whenever:
342.255(1) (1) A transfer of title is set aside by the court by order or judgment; or
342.255(2) (2) Fraud on the department is discovered by the department; or
342.255(3) (3) It is subsequently discovered that the issuance or possession of a title or registration is prohibited by law or that the odometer of a vehicle for which a certificate of title has been issued by the department has been subjected to tampering and return of the certificate of title to the department is considered necessary to make a notation of that information on the certificate.
342.255 History History: 1977 c. 29 s. 1654 (7) (a); 1993 a. 159.
342.26 342.26 Hearings and appeal. Any person aggrieved by an act or omission of the department under this chapter is entitled, upon request, to a hearing and judicial review thereof in accordance with ch. 227. Contested cases shall be heard and decided by the division of hearings and appeals.
342.26 History History: 1977 c. 29 ss. 1454, 1654 (7) (a); 1981 c. 347 s. 80 (2); 1993 a. 16.
subch. III of ch. 342 SUBCHAPTER III
ANTI-THEFT AND ANTI-FRAUD PROVISIONS
342.30 342.30 Identification numbers.
342.30(1c) (1c) In this section, "owner" includes the lessee of a vehicle if the vehicle is registered, or required to be registered, by the lessee under ch. 341.
342.30(1g) (1g) No person may remove, alter or obliterate or intentionally make it impossible to read, as required under sub. (2), an identification number. This subsection does not apply to the obliteration of an identification number which occurs in the process of crushing a vehicle or vehicle part for scrap.
342.30 Cross-reference Cross-reference: See also ch. Trans 155, Wis. adm. code.
342.30(1m) (1m) When the department is satisfied as to the ownership of a vehicle subject to registration which has not been numbered by the manufacturer or on which the original number has been removed, obliterated or altered or on which the original casting has been replaced or on which a new identification number is required under s. 342.06 (1) (f), the department shall assign a new identification number for each such vehicle.
342.30(2) (2) Except as provided in this subsection, an identification number assigned by the department to a vehicle shall be permanently affixed to a location on the vehicle specified by the department that is readily visible when observed from outside the vehicle. Identification numbers assigned for cycles shall be stamped on the left side, near the top of the engine casting just below the cylinder barrel. Such stamping or affixing shall be done under the supervision of a dealer, distributor or manufacturer registered under s. 341.51 or under the supervision of a peace officer. The person supervising the stamping or affixing shall make a report thereof to the department. The department shall establish forms to be provided to vehicle owners specifying the location, for various types of vehicles, where identification numbers assigned by the department shall be stamped or affixed.
342.30(2m) (2m)
342.30(2m)(a)(a) A traffic officer or person authorized to enforce nonmoving traffic violations may use reasonable means to gain access to a vehicle if that vehicle's identification number cannot be read as required under sub. (2).
342.30(2m)(b) (b) Any person acting under par. (a) is immune from civil and criminal liability for good faith actions taken within the scope of that person's official duties.
342.30(3) (3)
342.30(3)(a)(a) Any person who violates sub. (1g) is guilty of a Class H felony.
342.30(3)(b)1.1. Any owner of a vehicle for which the department has issued a new identification number who fails to have such number attached or stamped as required by sub. (2) may be required to forfeit not more than $200.
342.30(3)(b)2. 2. Any owner of a vehicle for which the department has issued a new identification number who with intent to defraud fails to have such number attached or stamped as required by sub. (2) may be required to forfeit not more than $1,000.
342.30(4) (4)
342.30(4)(a)(a) If a law enforcement agency finds a vehicle or part of a vehicle on which the identification number has been removed, altered or obliterated or made impossible to read, the law enforcement agency may seize the vehicle or part of a vehicle. If the identification number cannot be identified, the seized vehicle or vehicle part is presumed to be contraband. Except as provided in par. (d), if the identification number can be identified, the agency may return the vehicle to the owner. Except as provided in par. (b), the district attorney shall institute forfeiture proceedings under s. 973.076 regarding any vehicle or vehicle part that is seized under this paragraph and not returned to the owner.
342.30(4)(b) (b) If the district attorney brings a criminal action arising out of the seizure under par. (a), the district attorney shall not institute forfeiture proceedings under s. 973.076 before there is a final determination in the criminal action.
342.30(4)(c) (c) Paragraph (a) does not apply to the obliteration of an identification number that occurs in the process of crushing a vehicle or vehicle part for scrap.
342.30(4)(d) (d) If the identification number of a motorcycle or part of a motorcycle seized under par. (a) can be identified and if no forfeiture proceeding is commenced under s. 973.076 within 30 days after the seizure of the property, the custodian of the seized property shall immediately return the seized property to the owner named in the certificate of title or registration. If a motorcycle or part of a motorcycle is not returned to the owner named in the certificate of title or registration as required in this paragraph, and if the owner of the property commences a replevin action to recover possession of the property, and if the judge finds that the custodian of the property unreasonably retained the property after 30 days after the seizure, the court shall award the owner the costs and reasonable attorney fees incurred in the replevin action.
342.30 Annotation The time limits in s. 973.076 are inapplicable to forfeitures of vehicles seized under this section. Sub. (4) (b) controls. State v. Elliot, 203 Wis. 2d 95, 551 N.W.2d 850 (Ct. App. 1996), 96-0012.
342.31 342.31 Report of stolen or abandoned motor vehicles.
342.31(1)(1) Each sheriff and police department in the state shall immediately report to the department of justice each motor vehicle reported stolen or recovered within its jurisdiction.
342.31(2) (2) An owner of a garage or trailer park or of any type of storage or parking lot for motor vehicles shall report to the local law enforcement agency the make, motor number and serial or identification number of any vehicle stored, parked or left in the owner's garage, park or lot for a period of more than 30 consecutive days unless arrangements have been made by the owner of the vehicle for its continuous storage or parking or unless the owner of the vehicle is personally known to the owner of the garage, park or lot. Any person who fails to submit such report may be required to forfeit not more than $25.
342.31 History History: 1971 c. 278; 1973 c. 169; 1991 a. 316.
342.32 342.32 Counterfeiting and unlawful possession of certificate of title.
342.32(1)(1) No person may counterfeit, possess, sell, offer for sale or supply a forged, fictitious, counterfeit, stolen or fraudulently or unlawfully obtained certificate of title or registration, manufacturer's document of origin, instrument or other document that is or may be used as evidence of ownership, the transfer of ownership or the mileage disclosure of a motor vehicle.
342.32(2) (2) Unless authorized by the department, no person may possess, sell, offer for sale or supply any blank certificates of title or registration, manufacturers' documents of origin, instruments or other documents that may be used as evidence of ownership or registration of a motor vehicle.
342.32(3) (3) Whoever violates sub. (1) or (2) is guilty of a Class H felony.
342.32 History History: 1993 a. 159; 1997 a. 283; 2001 a. 109.
342.33 342.33 Sale of vehicle used as taxicab. No person shall sell or exchange, authorize or direct the sale or exchange of, or offer for sale or exchange any motor vehicle which the person knows has been used as a taxicab or for public transportation unless the certificate of title for such vehicle has been stamped by the department with the words "This motor vehicle has previously been used as a taxicab or for public transportation" and unless such certificate of title is exhibited by the vendor to the vendee before the sale of such vehicle is consummated. Any person who violates this section may be required to forfeit not more than $1,000.
342.33 History History: 1973 c. 218; 1977 c. 29 s. 1654 (7) (a); 1977 c. 273.
342.34 342.34 Department to be notified of destruction or junking of vehicle.
342.34(1)(1) Any person owning or possessing a junk vehicle shall, within 10 days after determining that the vehicle is a junk vehicle do all of the following:
342.34(1)(a) (a) Notify the department of the junk condition of the vehicle.
342.34(1)(b) (b) Return the certificate of title to the department.
342.34(1)(c) (c) If the vehicle is a motorcycle or an automobile registered under s. 341.27 or a motor home or a motor truck, dual purpose motor home or dual purpose farm truck which has a gross weight of not more than 8,000 pounds or a farm truck which has a gross weight of not more than 12,000 pounds, the owner shall remove the registration plates and retain and preserve them for use on any other vehicle of the same type which may subsequently be registered in his or her name. If the vehicle is not a motorcycle or an automobile registered under s. 341.27, or a motor home or a motor truck, dual purpose motor home or dual purpose farm truck which has a gross weight of not more than 8,000 pounds or a farm truck which has a gross weight of not more than 12,000 pounds, he or she shall remove and destroy the plates.
342.34(2) (2) Any person owning or possessing a vehicle which has been junked or destroyed shall, within 10 days after the destruction or junking occurred do all of the following:
342.34(2)(a) (a) Notify the department of the destruction or junking.
342.34(2)(b) (b) Return the certificate of title to the department.
342.34(2)(c) (c) Remove and either retain or destroy the registration plates for the vehicle as provided in sub. (1) (c).
342.34(3) (3) No certificate of title may be issued for a junk vehicle or for a vehicle which has been junked or destroyed.
342.34(3m) (3m) In determining whether a vehicle meets the definition of a junk vehicle for purposes of this section or s. 342.15 (1) (a), the department may promulgate rules specifying the conditions under which a vehicle shall be considered incapable of operation or use upon a highway.
342.34(4) (4)
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2011-12 Wisconsin Statutes updated though 2013 Wis. Act 200 and all Supreme Court Orders entered before April 18, 2014. Published and certified under s. 35.18. Changes effective after April 18, 2014 are designated by NOTES. (Published 4-18-14)