• Current through October 23, 2012

(a) An instrument:

(1) Shall be in writing;

(2) Shall show the name and address of the holder, the trade name and engine, serial or identification number of the motor vehicle or the trade name and serial number, if any, of the trailer; and

(3) Shall be signed by the parties.

(b) A lien shall not be entered upon a certificate unless:

(1) The motor vehicle or trailer has been previously titled or registered in this or some other jurisdiction and the lien is shown upon such previous certificate, title, registry, or proof of ownership;

(2) Such an instrument is presented for recording pursuant to the provisions of this chapter; or

(3) The lien is shown on the application for a certificate, and was created prior to January 1, 1941, or was created while the motor vehicle or trailer was titled or registered in some other jurisdiction.

(July 2, 1940, 54 Stat. 737, ch. 527, § 4; June 4, 1952, 66 Stat. 100, ch. 365, § 1; Dec. 30, 1963, 77 Stat. 771, Pub. L. 88-243, § 7; Apr. 20, 1999, D.C. Law 12-264, § 45, 46 DCR 2118.)


Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 40-1004.

1973 Ed., § 40-704.

Legislative History of Laws

Law 12-264, the "Technical Amendments Act of 1998," was introduced in Council and assigned Bill No. 12-804, which was referred to the Committee of the Whole. The Bill was adopted on first and second readings on November 10, 1998, and December 1, 1998, respectively. Signed by the Mayor on January 7, 1999, it was assigned Act No. 12-626 and transmitted to both Houses of Congress for its review. D.C. Law 12-264 became effective on April 20, 1999.