321.21  Special mobile equipment plates.

1.  A person owning any special mobile equipment may make application to the department, upon the appropriate form furnished by the department, for a certificate containing a general distinguishing number and for one or more special mobile equipment plates. The applicant shall also submit proof of the status of the vehicle as special mobile equipment as may reasonably be required by the department.

2.  The department upon granting such application, shall issue to the applicant a certificate containing, but not limited to, the applicant's name and address and the general distinguishing number assigned to the applicant and such other information deemed necessary by the department for proper identification.

3.  The department shall also issue special mobile equipment plates as applied for, which shall have displayed the general distinguishing number assigned to the applicant. Each plate or pair of plates issued shall have displayed on the face of the plate the words:  Special Mobile Equipment. The fee for each plate or pair of special plates is fifteen dollars.

4.  Every special mobile equipment plate issued shall expire at midnight on the thirty-first day of December of the third year following issuance, and a new plate or plates for the ensuing three-year period may be obtained by the person to whom any expired plate was issued upon application to the department and payment of the fee required by law.

5.  Every person owning special mobile equipment for which a certificate and a plate or plates have been issued shall keep a written record of the vehicles upon which such special mobile equipment plates are used, which record shall be open to inspection by any police officer or any officer or employee of the department.

6.  The certificate and plates issued shall be for purposes of identification only and shall not constitute a registration as required under this chapter. A certificate of title need not be executed when the certificate and plates are issued and a certificate of title need not be delivered to the purchaser or transferee when special mobile equipment is sold or disposed of unless the special mobile equipment is a mobile home.

7.  The department may issue temporary written authorization. The temporary authority shall permit the operation of special mobile equipment until permanent identification is issued, except that the temporary authority shall expire after ten days.

Section History: Early form

  [C66, 71, 73, 75, 77, 79, 81, § 321.21; 82 Acts, ch 1251, § 6, 7]

Section History: Recent form

  82 Acts, ch 1032, § 1, 4; 83 Acts, ch 116, § 1; 89 Acts, ch 32, §1

Internal References

  Referred to in § 321E.12, 331.557

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