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Senate Bill No. 924

Public Act No. 03-38

AN ACT CONCERNING NOTICE REQUIREMENTS RELATIVE TO THE SALE OF MOTOR VEHICLES TO SATISFY MECHANIC'S LIENS.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. Subsection (b) of section 49-61 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(b) If the property is a motor vehicle and if no application that the lien be dissolved upon such substitution of a bond is made within thirty days of the date of the completion of the work upon the property by the bailor for hire, the bailee shall send a written notice to the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles, stating the engine number and chassis number thereof, the date the motor vehicle was left with [him] such bailee, the date the work was completed, the amount for which a lien is claimed, the registration thereof if any number plates are on the motor vehicle and the name of the owner or person who authorized the work to be done, and shall enclose a fee of five dollars. Such notice shall be placed on file by the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles and be open to public inspection. If the motor vehicle is subject to a security interest, the commissioner, within ten days of receipt of such notice, shall send the bailee the name and address of any lienholder as recorded on the certificate of title. Within ten days of receipt of such information relative to any lienholder, the bailee shall mail written notice to each lienholder in a registered or certified letter, postage paid, stating that the motor vehicle is being held by such bailee and has a lien upon it for repair and storage charges. Any sale under the provisions [hereinafter stated] of this section shall be void unless the notice required in this section has been given to said commissioner, if the property is a motor vehicle.

Approved May 23, 2003