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Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: May 7, 2020 03:52 PM
From: Representative Lynda Schlegel Culver
To: All House members
Subject: Refusing Issuance of Certification -- Titling
In the near future, I plan to introduce legislation to clarify Title 75 (Vehicles) § 1109 (Refusing issuance of certificate).

Section 1109 allows for PennDOT to refuse to issue a certificate of title if there is missing information or the wrong fee amount is remitted. However, this section does not give PennDOT guidance on who is to get the rejected title work.

Currently, if there is an error on title work, it is rejected by PennDOT and sent back to the agent, messenger or applicant for correction. However, if a dealer sends the paperwork in directly to PennDOT and there is an error, the paperwork is returned to the applicant. Under this scenario, the only way the dealer will know that there was a problem with the title work is if the lender calls or the customer comes back to the dealer with the rejected paperwork. By that time, it could be months since the paperwork was rejected and now the dealer must figure out if it was in fact rejected or maybe PennDOT never received it.

Under my proposed legislation, if there is an error on title work submitted by a dealer, PennDOT shall return the application and all supporting documents, along with an explanation for the refusal, to the dealer.

This would mirror the current practice of sending rejected title work submitted by an agent, messenger or applicant back to those who submitted it to PennDOT.

 Finally, if the application was not submitted to PennDOT by a messenger, agent or dealer, the application and explanation for the refusal shall be sent to the applicant, as is current practice.

I invite you to join me in sponsoring this commonsense legislation clarifying a quirk in the titling process.

Introduced as HB2575