City of Fenton, MO
St. Louis County
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Section 375.050 State Vehicle License Plates Required.

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.

Section 375.053 Motor Vehicle Safety Inspection.

[R.O. 2006 §370.210; Ord. No. 497 §149, 6-26-1979]
It shall be unlawful to operate a motor vehicle on the streets and highways in the City of Fenton, without a current inspection sticker visible on the lower left-hand corner of the windshield.

Section 375.055 Registration of Motor Vehicles Operated For First Time in State.

Application for registration of a motor vehicle not previously registered in Missouri, operated for the first time on the public highways of this State, and previously registered in another State shall be made within thirty (30) days after the owner of such motor vehicle has become a resident of this State.

Section 375.060 Method of Displaying License Plates.

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 or the State Highways and Transportation Commission 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 motor scooters shall be displayed on the rear of such vehicles, with the letters and numbers thereon right side up. The license plate on buses, other than school buses, and 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) nor more than forty-eight (48) inches above the ground, with the letters and numbers thereon right side up, or if two (2) plates are issued for the vehicle pursuant to Subsection (3) of Section 301.130, RSMo., displayed in the same manner on the front and rear of such vehicles. 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.

Section 375.065 In Transit Tags — Display — Fee.

A. 
Motor vehicles and trailers in the course of delivery from a manufacturer to a dealer, or from one dealer to another, may be operated on the highways without number plates being attached thereto, provided they bear on the front and on the rear, substantially as provided for number plates, a placard displaying the words "In Transit" and the number of the certificate issued as herein provided in letters and figures not less than three (3) inches high with a stroke not less than three-eighths (3/8) of an inch wide; and provided further, that the operator of each motor vehicle shall carry, and exhibit on request, a certificate bearing the seal of the Director of Revenue and his/her facsimile signature, countersigned with the genuine signature of the manufacturer or dealer selling such motor vehicle, or his/her authorized agent. Such certificate shall bear a number and shall show the date and place of issue and the destination of the motor vehicle, and shall be of such form as the Director of Revenue shall determine.
B. 
The manufacturer, dealer or authorized agent shall insert the correct date, place of issue and destination, and mail a duplicate copy of such certificate to the Director of Revenue at the time the original is issued; original and duplicate forms of certificates shall be furnished to manufacturers and dealers, and to no others, in books of ten (10) sets of certificates each for a fee of five dollars ($5.00), and in books of fifty (50) sets of certificates each for a fee of twenty-five dollars ($25.00). It shall be unlawful for any person to display such placard or to use such certificate except as herein provided.

Section 375.070 Unauthorized Plates, Tags, Stickers, Signs.

No person shall operate a motor vehicle or trailer on which there is displayed on the front or rear thereof any other plate, tag or placard bearing any number except the plate furnished by the Director of Revenue or the placard herein authorized and the official license tag of any municipality of this State, nor shall there be displayed on any motor vehicle or trailer a placard, sign or tag bearing the words "license lost", "license applied for" or words of similar import as a substitute for such number plates or such placard.

Section 375.080 License Plates On Vehicles Displayed For Sale.

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.

Section 375.090 Certificate of Ownership Required For Registered Vehicle.

It shall be unlawful for any person to operate in this City a motor vehicle or trailer required to be registered as provided by law unless a certificate of ownership has been issued.

Section 375.100 Transfer of Certificate of Ownership Upon Sale of Vehicle.

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 an 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.

Section 375.110 Removal of Plates On Transfer of Vehicle — Use By Purchaser.

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/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 trade-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. As used in this Section, the term "trade-in motor vehicle or trailer" shall include any single motor vehicle or trailer sold by the buyer of the newly purchased vehicle or trailer, as long as the license plates for the trade-in motor vehicle or trailer are still valid.

Section 375.120 Sale By Dealer.

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 thirty (30) days after taking possession thereof if during such period the motor vehicle or trailer shall have attached thereto, in the manner required by Section 301.130, RSMo., 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 of the number plates, as a guarantee that said buyer will return to the dealer such number plates within thirty (30) days.

Section 375.125 Dealer Plates.

[R.O. 2006 §375.070]
The plates issued under Subsection (3) or (6) of Section 301.560, RSMo., may be displayed on any motor vehicle owned and held for resale by the motor vehicle dealer or manufacturer, and used by a customer who is test driving the motor vehicle, or is used by an employee or officer, but shall not be displayed on any motor vehicle or trailer hired or loaned to others or upon any regularly used service or wrecker vehicle. Motor vehicle dealers may display their dealer plates on a tractor, truck or trailer to demonstrate a vehicle under a loaded condition, such demonstration not to extend more than one hundred (100) miles from the truck dealer's place of business.

Section 375.130 False Information By Dealer.

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.

Section 375.135 Special Mobile Equipment Exempt — When Permitted On Highways — Exception.

[R.O. 2006 §375.020]
Special mobile equipment may be moved on the highways of this City from one job location to another or to or from places of storage, delivery or repair without complying with the provisions of the law relating to titling and registration and display of license plates but shall comply with all the other requirements of the law relating to motor vehicles; provided however, that said equipment except farm equipment shall not be operated on City maintained roads or highways on Saturdays, Sundays or legal holidays.