Article I Driver's and Vehicle Licenses
Section 390.020 Operation of Motor Vehicle Without Proper License Prohibited — Motorcycles — Special License.
Article II City License
It shall be unlawful for any person to drive a vehicle in this City when his/her privilege to do so has been suspended, revoked, or canceled.
Section 390.020 Operation of Motor Vehicle Without Proper License Prohibited — Motorcycles — Special License.
Unless otherwise provided for by law, it shall be unlawful for any person, except those expressly exempted by Section 390.040, to:
Operate any vehicle upon any highway in this City unless he/she has a valid license;
Operate a motorcycle or motortricycle upon any highway of this City unless such person has a valid license that shows he/she has successfully passed an examination for the operation of a motorcycle or motortricycle as prescribed by the Director. The Director may indicate such upon a valid license issued to such person, or shall issue a license restricting the applicant to the operation of a motorcycle or motortricycle if the actual demonstration, required by Section 302.173, RSMo., is conducted on such vehicle;
Authorize or knowingly permit a motorcycle or motortricycle owned by him/her or under his/her control to be driven upon any highway by any person whose license does not indicate that the person has passed the examination for the operation of a motorcycle or motortricycle or has been issued an instruction permit therefor;
Operate a motor vehicle with an instruction permit or license issued to another person.
Refuse to write his/her name and address in the presence of a Police Officer, Court Official or any other duly authorized person, in order that identity of the licensee may be determined.
Except when operating under an instruction permit as described in this Section, no person may drive a commercial motor vehicle unless the person has been issued a commercial driver's license with applicable endorsements valid for the type of vehicle being operated as specified in Sections 302.700 to 302.780, RSMo. A commercial driver's instruction permit shall allow the holder of a valid license to operate a commercial motor vehicle when accompanied by the holder of a commercial driver's license valid for the vehicle being operated and who occupies a seat beside the individual, or reasonably near the individual in the case of buses, for the purpose of giving instruction in driving the commercial motor vehicle. A commercial driver's instruction permit shall be valid for the vehicle being operated for a period of not more than six (6) months, and shall not be issued until the permit holder has met all other requirements of Sections 302.700 to 302.780, RSMo., except for the driving test.
It shall be unlawful for any person to:
Display or to permit to be displayed, or to have in his/her possession, any license knowing the same to be fictitious or to have been canceled, suspended, revoked, disqualified or altered;
Lend to or knowingly permit the use of by another any license issued to the person so lending or permitting the use thereof;
Display or to represent as one's own any license not issued to the person so displaying the same;
Fail or refuse to surrender to the Clerk of any Division of the Circuit Court or the Director, any license which has been suspended, canceled, disqualified or revoked, as provided by law;
Use a false or fictitious name or give a false or fictitious address on any application for a license, or any renewal or duplicate thereof, or knowingly to make a false statement;
Knowingly conceal a material fact, or otherwise commit a fraud in any such application;
Authorize or consent to any motor vehicle owned by him/her or under his/her control to be driven by any person, when he/she has knowledge that such person has no legal right to do so, or for any person to drive any motor vehicle in violation of any of the provisions of Sections 302.010 to 302.780, RSMo.;
Employ a person to operate a motor vehicle in the transportation of persons or property, with knowledge that such person has not complied with the provisions of Sections 302.010 to 302.780, RSMo., or whose license has been revoked, suspended, canceled or disqualified; or who fails to produce his or her license upon demand of any person or persons authorized to make such demand;
Operate a motor vehicle in any manner in violation of the restrictions imposed in a restricted license;
Fail to carry his/her instruction permit, operator's or chauffeur's license while operating a vehicle and to display instruction permit or said license upon demand of any Police Officer, Court Official or any other duly authorized person for inspection, when demand is made therefor. Failure to exhibit his/her instruction permit or license as aforesaid shall be presumptive evidence that said person is not a duly licensed operator or chauffeur.
The following persons are exempt from license hereunder:
Any person while operating any farm tractor or implement of husbandry temporarily operated or moved on a highway;
A non-resident who is at least sixteen (16) years of age and who has in his/her immediate possession a valid license issued to him/her in his/her home state or country;
A non-resident who is at least eighteen (18) years of age and who has in his/her immediate possession a valid license issued to him/her in his/her home state or country which allows such person to operate a motor vehicle in the transportation of persons or property as classified in Section 302.015, RSMo.;
Convicted offenders of the department of corrections who have not been convicted of a motor vehicle felony as follows—driving while intoxicated, failing to stop after an accident and disclosing his or her identity, or driving a motor vehicle without the owner's consent—may operate state-owned trucks for the benefit of the correctional facilities, provided that such offender shall be accompanied by a correctional officer or other staff person in such truck.
No person shall operate or park any motor vehicle or trailer upon any street or highway of this City, unless such motor vehicle or trailer has properly displayed a valid license plate or plates or temporary permit issued to the lawful owner of the vehicle by the Department of Revenue of the State of Missouri, except that any person who is a non-resident of the State of Missouri may operate or park any motor vehicle or trailer upon any street or highway of this City, provided the motor vehicle or trailer has been duly registered for the current year in the State, country, or other place of which the owner is a resident, provided that at all times such motor vehicle or trailer is being operated or parked upon the streets or highways of this City, the valid license plate or plates or temporary permit is properly displayed on such vehicle or trailer.
No motor vehicle or trailer shall be operated on any highway of this City unless it shall have displayed thereon the license plate or set of license plates issued by the Director of Revenue and authorized by Section 301.140, RSMo. Each such plate shall be securely fastened to the motor vehicle in a manner so that all parts thereof shall be plainly visible and reasonably clean so that the reflective qualities thereof are not impaired. License plates shall be fastened to all motor vehicles except trucks, tractors, truck tractors or truck-tractors licensed in excess of twelve thousand (12,000) pounds on the front and rear of such vehicles not less than eight (8) nor more than forty-eight (48) inches above the ground, with the letters and numbers thereon right side up. The license plates on trailers, motorcycles, motortricycles and motorscooters shall be displayed on the rear of such vehicles, with the letters and numbers thereon right side up. The license plate on trucks, tractors, truck tractors or truck-tractors licensed in excess of twelve thousand (12,000) pounds shall be displayed on the front of such vehicles not less than eight (8) inches nor more than forty-eight (48) inches above the ground, with the letters and numbers thereon right side up. The license plate or plates authorized by Section 301.140, RSMo., when properly attached, shall be prima facie evidence that the required fees have been paid.
[Ord. No. 2765 §1, 5-13-2014]
No person may make, erase, alter, or knowingly use a replica, facsimile, altered, or counterfeit license plate or license plate tab issued by the City, the State of Missouri, or any other state.
No person shall operate or park on any street or highway of this City any motor vehicle or trailer on which there is displayed a plate, tab, tag, sticker, or sign bearing the words "license lost" or "license applied for," or words of similar import, as a substitute for a valid license plate or temporary permit.
No person shall show, exhibit, display or have in possession for the purpose of sale any motor vehicle bearing or displaying thereon any number or license plates, except those of the dealer or owner so displaying said motor vehicle; provided however, that where the motor vehicle is placed on consignment with a dealer by the owner thereof, there may be displayed a number or license plate issued to the owner thereof.
It shall be unlawful for any person to operate in this City a motor vehicle or trailer registered as provided by law, unless a certificate of ownership shall have been issued.
It shall be unlawful for any person to buy or sell in this City any motor vehicle or trailer registered under the laws of this State unless at the time of delivery thereof there shall pass between the parties a certificate of ownership with assignment thereof as provided in Section 301.210, RSMo., as amended, and the sale of any motor vehicle or trailer registered under the laws of this State, without the assignment of such certificate of ownership, shall be fraudulent and void.
Upon the transfer of ownership of any motor vehicle or trailer, the certificate of registration and the right to use the number plates shall expire and the number plates shall be removed by the owner at the time of the transfer of possession, and it shall be unlawful for any person other than the person to whom such number plates were originally issued to have the same in his or her possession whether in use or not; except that the buyer of a motor vehicle or trailer who trades in a motor vehicle or trailer may attach the license plates from the traded-in motor vehicle or trailer to the newly purchased motor vehicle or trailer. The operation of a motor vehicle with such transferred plates shall be lawful for no more than thirty (30) days.
Upon the sale of a motor vehicle or trailer by a dealer, a buyer who has made application for registration, by mail or otherwise, may operate the same for a period of fifteen (15) days after taking possession thereof, if during such period the motor vehicle or trailer shall have attached thereto, in the manner required in Section 390.060 number plates issued to the dealer. Upon application and presentation of satisfactory evidence that the buyer has applied for registration, a dealer may furnish such number plates to the buyer for such temporary use. In such event, the dealer shall require the buyer to deposit the sum of ten dollars fifty cents ($10.50), to be returned to the buyer upon return to the dealer of such number plates within fifteen (15) days.
No dealer shall advise any purchaser of a motor vehicle or trailer that such purchaser may drive such a motor vehicle or trailer without compliance with the foregoing license requirements.
No owner of a motor vehicle registered in this State shall operate the vehicle, upon the streets or the alleys of this City, unless the owner maintains the financial responsibility as required in this Section. Furthermore, no person shall operate a motor vehicle owned by another with the knowledge that the owner has not maintained financial responsibility unless such person has financial responsibility which covers operation of vehicles owned by another person.
For purposes of this Section, the term "financial responsibility" shall mean the ability to respond in damages for liability occurring after the effective date of proof of said financial responsibility, arising out of the ownership, maintenance or use of a motor vehicle, in the amount of twenty-five thousand dollars ($25,000.00) because of bodily injury to or death of one (1) person in any one (1) accident, and, subject to said limit for one (1) person, in the amount of fifty thousand dollars ($50,000.00) because of bodily injury to or death of two (2) or more persons in any one (1) accident, and in the amount of ten thousand dollars ($10,000.00) because of injury to or destruction of property of others in any one (1) accident.
Proof of financial responsibility may be shown by any of the following:
An insurance identification card issued by a motor vehicle insurer or by the Director of Revenue of the State of Missouri for self-insurance. A motor vehicle insurance policy, a motor vehicle liability insurance binder, or receipt which contains the name and address of the insurer, the name and address of the name insured, the policy number, the effective dates of the policy and a description by year and make of the vehicle, or at least five (5) digits of the vehicle identification number or the word "Fleet" if the insurance policy covers five (5) or more motor vehicles, shall be satisfactory evidence of insurance in lieu of an insurance identification card.
A certificate of the State Treasurer of a cash deposit according to the Section 303.240 of the Revised Statutes of Missouri.
A surety bond according to Section 303.230, RSMo.
Proof of financial responsibility shall be carried at all times in the insured motor vehicle or by the operator of the motor vehicle if the proof of financial responsibility is effective as to the operator rather than to the vehicle. The operator of the motor vehicle shall exhibit the proof of financial responsibility on the demand of any Peace Officer who lawfully stops such operator while that Officer is engaged in the performance of the duties of his or her office.
Any person who violates any provisions of this Section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and shall, upon conviction thereof, be punished by a fine of not less than ten dollars ($10.00) nor more than five hundred dollars ($500.00) for each and every violation.
[CC 1976 §340.170; Ord. No. 1637 §1, 2-25-1986]
Definitions. As used in this Article the following terms shall have these prescribed meanings:
- MOTOR VEHICLE
- A passenger automobile, commercial motor vehicle, motorcycle, motorbike, motortricycle or other self-propelled vehicle not operated exclusively upon tracks, except farm tractors.
- RESIDENT OWNER
- In addition to its ordinary and usual meaning, shall include any person staying at any place in the City on January first (1st) of the year and who has been in the City the major portion of the time subsequent thereto.
- Any vehicle without motive power designed for carrying property or passengers on its own structure and for being drawn by self-propelled vehicles, except those running exclusively on tracks; provided that nothing herein shall be construed to include two-wheeled trailers.
Registration Of Vehicles.
Every resident owner having a motor vehicle or trailer shall register such vehicle or trailer with the City on or before January fifteenth (15th) of each year commencing in 1987 and thereafter within forty-five (45) days after becoming a resident of the City, or acquiring a motor vehicle or trailer. An application blank for registration shall be furnished by the City, and this application shall contain the following:
A brief description of the motor vehicle or trailer to be registered, including the name of the manufacturer and the license number;
The name, address and telephone number of the owner of the vehicle or trailer;
If the vehicle or trailer is a commercial vehicle, the weight of the vehicle or trailer and its rated capacity of live load, in pounds or seating capacity; and
If such motor vehicle or trailer is a specially constructed or reconstructed motor vehicle or trailer, such additional information as shall be required to identify the same.
Any person having a motor vehicle or trailer in the City shall be deemed to be a resident owner subject to the provisions hereof, unless he/she establishes by satisfactory proof upon request of the police or other officials of the City that such motor vehicle or trailer is owned by a non-resident of the City, if that is alleged to be the case.
License Sticker. Upon the filing of an application for registration, the City shall assign a number to such motor vehicle or trailer, without other expense to the applicant, and shall issue and deliver to the owner a license sticker, plat or other device, conditioned, however, upon the owner presenting to the City a paid personal property tax receipt or the Title application. Said license sticker, plate or other device is to be affixed in a prominent place on the vehicle or trailer.
Display. No person shall operate, drive, park or otherwise have or maintain any motor vehicle or trailer in any public street in the City or keep or maintain any such motor vehicle or trailer in or upon any public parking lot or trailer court in the City unless the required number plate sticker or other device is affixed to and plainly displayed upon the motor vehicle or trailer. In the case of an automobile, the sticker or other device shall be affixed to the front windshield in the lower right-hand corner. In the case of trailers, the sticker or other device shall be placed on the window of the main entrance door, and if there is no window, that it be placed on the window nearest to the main entrance door. In the case of trailers without windows and in the case of motor vehicles without windshields, the sticker or other device shall be placed on some conspicuous portion of the side or rear of the trailer or motor vehicle.