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Cities issuing car tags bill passes JeffCo Senate Committee

By Gary Lloyd

MONTGOMERY — The Jefferson County Senate Committee on Tuesday passed legislation to authorize cities to issue car tags, Rep. Paul DeMarco tweeted.

DeMarco tweeted that the bill now goes on to the full Senate for consideration.

The bill would offer another alternative for Jefferson County residents and should help to reduce Jefferson County’s long lines.

Trussville City Hall
photo by Gary Lloyd

The proposed law allows any city in Jefferson County to take part in motor vehicle registration, including the issuance of license plates. The city would not be allowed to issue a license plate for vehicles not previously registered in the state or in the name of the current vehicle owner. In addition, the city could only issue license plates to citizens of that city. The city would collect all fees and taxes in the same way as the county.

One of the questions on a survey mailed to more than 8,000 Trussville addresses in November by Mayor Gene Melton asked if residents would renew vehicle tags at Trussville City Hall if allowed to do so.

Of 1,048 responses to the question, 985 said they’d favor the renewal process at Trussville City Hall. Just 63 said they would not favor it.

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