Colorado Legislative Council Staff
NO FISCAL IMPACT
March 31, 1999
Scott Nachtrieb (303-866-4752)
TITLE: CONCERNING THE CREATION OF AN EXCEPTION TO THE OFF-HIGHWAY VEHICLE REGISTRATION REQUIREMENT FOR NONRESIDENT OFF-HIGHWAY VEHICLES, AND, IN CONNECTION THEREWITH, IMPLEMENTING THE NONRESIDENT OFF-HIGHWAY VEHICLE PERMIT REQUIREMENT.
Summary of Assessment
The bill would, beginning April 1, 2000, allow the Department of Natural Resources, Division of Parks and Recreation to issue a permit to non-resident off-highway vehicles that do not have a valid registration in another state rather than requiring unregistered non-residents to register the vehicle in Colorado. The permit fee would be established by the Board of Parks and Outdoor Recreation. Persons convicted of violating the law would be guilty of a class 2 petty offense and subject to a $35 fine. The bill would become effective 90 days after adjournment unless a petition is filed.
Under current law, non-residents that do not have their off-highway vehicle registered in another state have to register the vehicle in this state for $15.25. In a significant number of cases, by the time the registration is returned from the division to the owner, the owner has left the state. This bill would allow the division to issue a permit for an estimated $15.25 for these vehicles rather than go through the registration process. The owner would receive the permit immediately and the same information would be collected and recorded by the division. It is assumed that few if any persons would not purchase the estimated $15.25 permit and be subject to the $35 fine.
The bill would not reduce fees for any off-highway vehicle that is currently required to register. The division would continue to collect the same information and process that information. Non-residents would receive permits immediately rather than later. Few if any fines are expected to be issued as a result of this bill. It is estimated that this bill would not change the division’s revenues or expenditures. Therefore, this bill is assessed as having no fiscal impact.