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67 Pa. Code § 43.2. Definitions.

§ 43.2. Definitions.

 The following words and terms, when used in this chapter, have the following meanings, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:

   Act—75 Pa.C.S. § §  101—9821 (relating to the Vehicle Code).

   Applicant—A person, as defined in the act, who applies for registration of a vehicle and for a temporary registration card or plate.

   Bureau—The Bureau of Motor Vehicles of the Department.

   Card agent—A notary public, commissioned by the Department of State, Bureau of Legislation, Commissions and Elections, who is approved by the Department to issue temporary registration cards in conjunction with applications for transfer of registration plates. A notary public from another state may also serve as a card agent and may issue a temporary registration card to a Commonwealth registrant who has purchased a vehicle in the state and who wishes to apply for transfer of a Commonwealth registration plate. The notary shall be commissioned or licensed as a notary by a governmental agency of the state.

   Certificate of authorization—The document issued to an agent which indicates the agent has complied with the requirements of the Department and is permitted to issue temporary registration cards or plates, or both.

   Dealer—A person engaged in the business of buying, selling or exchanging vehicles, including passenger cars, trucks, implements of husbandry, special mobile equipment and trailers, who is registered by the Department under §  53.3(b) (relating to issuance of plates). The term does not include a miscellaneous motor vehicle business, unless the business is also registered as a dealer under §  53.3(b).

   Department—The Department of Transportation of the Commonwealth.

   Established place of business—The place occupied either continuously or at regular periods by a dealer, manufacturer or full agent, where the books and records are kept, where a large share of the business is transacted and which meets local zoning rules, ordinances and building codes.

   Full agent—A county treasurer or a person other than a manufacturer or dealer authorized by the Bureau to issue temporary registration cards and plates.

   Issuing agent—A full agent or card agent, or a dealer or manufacturer, who has been authorized by the Bureau to issue temporary registration cards and plates.

   Manufacturer—A person engaged in the business of constructing or assembling vehicles, motors or bodies of vehicles.

   Regular registration plate—A metal registration plate issued by the Bureau for a specific vehicle in conjunction with a permanent registration card, or a metal registration plate issued by an authorized dealer, manufacturer or full agent as a temporary plate and validated for regular use by issuance of a regular registration card.

   Temporary registration card—A form provided by the Department for issuance to an applicant for registration or transfer of registration for use by the applicant until receipt of the regular registration card. A form issued with a temporary registration plate for a vehicle which is to be driven or otherwise moved to another state or country for titling, registration, use or resale there.

   Temporary registration plate—A registration plate to be used by the applicant until regular registration is received. There are two types of temporary registration plates: metal registration plates, for issuance only for vehicles which are being registered in this Commonwealth, and cardboard registration plates for issuance only for vehicles which are to be driven or otherwise moved to another state or country for titling, registration, use or resale there.

     (i)   Metal temporary plates are issued to an applicant for use during the time in which the application for regular registration is being submitted to and processed by the Department.

     (ii)   A cardboard registration plate may also be issued under special conditions, as authorized by the Department.


   The provisions of this §  43.2 adopted September 2, 1977, effective September 3, 1977, 7 Pa.B. 2561; amended May 18, 1979, effective May 19, 1979, 9 Pa.B. 1630; readopted January 5, 1990, effective immediately and apply retroactively to November 17, 1989, 20 Pa.B. 21; amended July 9, 1993, effective July 10, 1993, 23 Pa.B. 3347. Immediately preceding text appears at serial pages (144703) to (144705).

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