If you purchase a vehicle that you’ll be operating on public roads, it must be registered with the state. Vehicle registration can be a bit of a chore, and the process sometimes varies by jurisdiction. It’s essential for maintaining the roads, though, and for keeping everyone safe. Here’s a brief overview that explains why.
The Reasons Vehicles Must Be Registered
1. It Ensures Coverage
In order to drive on public roads, your vehicle has to be registered, and in order to do so, you must provide proof of insurance. Therefore, the registration process serves to ensure cars on the road have sufficient coverage. Although some motorists let their coverage lapse and others fail to register at all, the system is designed to make sure as many vehicles as possible will be covered in the event of a collision.
2. It Provides Revenue
There are various fees for registering a vehicle that provide revenue for the state. In Louisiana, for example, motorists can expect to pay a title fee, a handling fee, a license transfer fee, and a license plate fee. Jurisdictions typically use some or all of this revenue to maintain the roads and cover costs associated with public transit.
3. It Assists Police
Upon registering a car, you will receive a license plate. Every plate contains a unique series of numbers and letters that law enforcement personnel can use to identify the owner of the vehicle. With a license plate number, officers can obtain the name and address of the individual who registered the vehicle, as well as its vehicle identification number (VIN), make, and model. In some states, police can also see whether the insurance coverage is current.
If you need help with vehicle registration, turn to Guillory’s Title & Notary Service. Located in Ville Platte, LA, they have been providing comprehensive notary services for clients throughout Evangeline Parish for nearly two decades. In addition to vehicle registration and car titles, their knowledgeable team is happy to assist with provisional custody agreements, real estate transactions, and general notarization. To learn how they can help you, check out their website or call (337) 506-3957.