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(a) No person shall operate or drive a motor vehicle upon the public roads and highways in this municipality if it displays a license plate or a distinctive number or identification mark that meets any of the following criteria:
(1) It is fictitious;
(2) It is a counterfeit or an unlawfully made copy of any distinctive number or identification mark;
(3) It belongs to another motor vehicle, provided that this section does not apply to a motor vehicle that is operated on the public roads and highways in this municipality when the motor vehicle displays license plates that originally were issued for a motor vehicle that previously was owned by the same person who owns the motor vehicle that is operated on the public roads and highways in this municipality during the thirty (30) day period described in RC 4503.12(A)(4).
(b) A person who fails to comply with the transfer of registration provisions of RC 4503.12 and is charged with a violation of that section shall not be charged with a violation of this section.
(c) Whoever violates division (a)(1), (a)(2) or (a)(3) of this section is guilty of operating a motor vehicle bearing an invalid license plate or identification mark, this section is guilty of a misdemeanor of the fourth degree on a first offense and a misdemeanor of the third degree on each subsequent offense.
(d) Upon the transfer of ownership of a motor vehicle, the registration of the motor vehicle expires, and the original owner immediately shall remove the license plates from the motor vehicle, except as otherwise provided in RC 4503.12(A).
(e) Whoever violates division (d) of this section is guilty of a misdemeanor of the fourth degree
(RC 4503.12(A), (D); Ord. No. 1280-15. Passed 4-24-17, eff. 4-25-17)