VIN Fraud

As our classic cars gain in value, VIN fraud is becoming more and more common. Several people have asked to read the laws concerning VIN numbers, counterfeit VIN tags and VIN fraud in general. VIN fraud is covered by Federal Law and every state has their own additional laws which in some cases are more strict that the Federal Laws. I will add the state laws as I can find them for each state.

 

Vermont VIN Laws

The Vermont Statutes
Title 23: Motor Vehicles
Chapter 17: GENERAL OFFENSES AND JURISDICTION

TITLE 23
Motor Vehicles
CHAPTER 17. GENERAL OFFENSES AND JURISDICTION

§ 1701. Possession of motor vehicles with serial or motor numbers defaced

A person shall not knowingly keep in his or her possession or ownership for more than ten days a motor vehicle or vessel, the manufacturer's serial or motor numbers or identifying numbers assigned by the commissioner of which have been changed, tampered with, obliterated or defaced, unless the person has applied to the commissioner for the assignment of a new number to be placed on the vehicle or vessel or motor and the application has been granted. (Amended 1971, No. 228 (Adj. Sess.), § 26; 1991, No. 164 (Adj. Sess.), § 5.)

§ 1703. Defacing identifying numbers

A person who willfully changes or attempts to change, or who tampers with, obliterates, defaces, or in any manner interferes with the original or assigned motor number or manufacturer's serial number of any motor vehicle or vessel, or with any of the secret or identifying numbers placed by the manufacturer of a motor vehicle or vessel by the commissioner or any of the parts thereof upon the vehicle or vessel or parts, shall be fined not more than $1,000.00, or imprisoned not more than one year, or both for the first offense and fined not more than $5,000.00 or imprisoned not more than five years, or both, for each subsequent offense. (Amended 1991, No. 164 (Adj. Sess.), § 6.)

1704. Possession prima facie evidence of violation

The possession by a person of a motor vehicle or vessel, the motor or manufacturer's serial or commissioner assigned identifying number of which has been changed, tampered with, obliterated or defaced, shall be prima facie evidence of a violation of the provisions of section 1703 of this title, unless the person applies to the commissioner for the assignment of a new number as provided in section 1701 of this title. (Amended 1991, No. 164 (Adj. Sess.), § 7.)

 
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