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Oklahoma motorists: Keep your tag starting July 1

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Oklahoma motorists will need to keep their license plate when changing vehicles starting July 1, 2019. (KTEN) Oklahoma motorists will need to keep their license plate when changing vehicles starting July 1, 2019. (KTEN)

If you live in Oklahoma and are thinking about selling or trading in your vehicle soon, be sure you hang on to your license plates.

Starting July 1, those tags won't travel with the car when it changes hands.

"Their tag will now stay with them," explained Paula Ross of the Oklahoma Tax Commission. "When they purchase a new car, they take their tag from their old car and it will go to the new car."

Currently, if you sell or trade in a vehicle, the tag stays with the vehicle and the plate number is transferred between owners.

Former state Rep. Josh Cockroft (R-District 27) said the bill that he co-sponsored to change the procedure was written to avoid ownership confusion.

"The most important areas that I see this helping is the law enforcement side, when you talk about tracking who owns which vehicles," he said.

The change should reduce the likelihood that past owners will face unwarranted turnpike fines or parking tickets. Oklahoma motorist Moira Jackson is all for it.

"If anything else goes wrong with the vehicle after you've sold it, you don't get the blame for it," she said.

Oklahoma joins 42 other states that have similar license tag procedures.

"I remember it's like that in a few states, so that's important," Jackson said.

The new law also requires drivers to carry the annual certificate of registration in their vehicle at all times.

Starting July 1, Oklahoma motorists will have the choice to keep an old tag or purchase a new one from the Oklahoma Tax Commission or your local tag agent. You'll have 30 days to register in order to avoid penalties.

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