1. On the first day of the second month following the beginning of each registration year a penalty of five percent of the annual registration fee shall be added to the registration fees not paid by that date and an additional penalty of five percent shall be added the first day of each succeeding month, until the fee is paid. A penalty shall not be less than five dollars. If the owner of a vehicle surrenders the registration plates for a vehicle prior to the plates becoming delinquent, to the county treasurer of the county where the vehicle is registered, or to the department if the vehicle is registered under chapter 326, the owner may register the vehicle any time thereafter upon payment of the registration fee for the registration year without penalty. The penalty on vehicles registered under chapter 326 shall accrue February 1 of each year.
2. The annual registration fee for trucks, truck tractors, and road tractors, as provided in sections 321.121 and 321.122, may be payable in two equal semiannual installments if the annual registration fee exceeds the registration fee for a vehicle with a gross weight exceeding five tons. The penalties provided in subsection 1 shall be computed on the amount of the first installment only and on the first day of the seventh month of the registration period the same rate of penalty shall apply to the second installment, until the fee is paid. Semiannual installments do not apply to commercial vehicles, as defined under section 326.2, subject to proportional registration, with a base state other than the state of Iowa, as defined in section 326.2, subsection 1. The penalty on vehicles registered under chapter 326 accrues August 1 of each year except as provided in section 326.6.
3. If a penalty applies to a vehicle registration fee provided for in sections 321.121 and 321.122, the same penalty shall be assessed on the fees collected to increase the registered gross weight of the vehicle, if the increased gross weight is requested within forty-five days from the date the delinquent vehicle is registered for the current registration period.
4. Notwithstanding subsections 1 through 3, if a vehicle registration is delinquent for twenty-four months or more, a flat penalty and fee shall be assessed for the delinquent period in addition to the current registration fee. The flat penalty and fee shall be one hundred fifty percent of the current annual registration fee.
[SS15, § 1571-m7; C24, 27, 31, 35, § 4931; C39, § 5009.02; C46, 50, 54, 58, 62, 66, 71, 73, 75, 77, 79, 81, § 321.134]
82 Acts, ch 1062, § 26, 38; 83 Acts, ch 24, § 6, 12; 89 Acts, ch 185, § 4; 90 Acts, ch 1230, § 18
Referred to in § 321.123, 326.6, 331.557, 331.653
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