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[SOS]Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson announces Victim Assistance Plate Issuance program
Start Date: 4/16/2014 All Day
End Date: 4/16/2014
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Program allows victims to receive temporary plates

INDIANAPOLIS (April 16, 2014) – Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson announces the Victim Assistance Plate Issuance program.  This program allows the Secretary of State’s office to issue temporary plates to consumers unable to get title because they purchased vehicles from auto dealers who have since gone out of business.  Because these consumers are unable to get their title, they are unable to get proper plates for their vehicle, causing them to drive on expired plates and risk being pulled over by law enforcement.

“We are working on behalf of Hoosier consumers who became victims left to drive with expired plates and no way to get legal plates for their cars,” said Secretary Lawson. “This new program will reduce bureaucratic red tape and ensures consumers have proper transportation without the hassle of being pulled over for having expired plates.” 

Previously, a consumer had to submit a formal complaint to the Attorney General and the Indiana Secretary of State’s Auto Dealer Services Division when they did not receive title for their vehicle in the required amount of time.   The Attorney General and Auto Dealer Services division then worked with the Bureau of Motor Vehicles to get a permit to drive on expired plates.  This permit was not visible outside the vehicle so law enforcement agencies were unable to determine whether the driver had the permit, causing law enforcement to suspect the driver was driving with expired plates.  

The new program allows the Secretary of State’s office to issue a temporary license plate to the consumer until they are able to resolve the issue.  The Auto Dealer Services Division can operate as an auto dealer under the name SOS Victims Assistance.  The SOS Victims Assistance dealer can issue temporary plates good for 31 days through the Dealer License System.  The system tracks which plates are issued and allows law enforcement agencies to see the consumer is working with the Secretary of State’s office to receive their title. 

The Secretary of State’s office licenses about 6,100 dealers statewide. Most complaints received by the office are related to title delivery issues or complaints about unfair sale practices. For more information on the auto dealer services division of the Secretary of State’s office, visit www.in.gov/sos/dealer/index.htm.

Contact Information:
Name: Valerie Kroeger
Phone: 317-233-8655
Email: vkroeger@sos.in.gov
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