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FutureStarrLooking up a license plate
Just how public are public records? Last week, KITV’s Daryl Huff raised the alarm about a website that can tie Hawaii license plates to driver names. The first piece did not identify the website, however. Huff said Nanci Kreidman of the Domestic Violence Action Center asked them not to, citing concerns that it would be used to stalk or harass women.Still, it’s important to note thatÂ eCourt KÅÂkua is not connected to the Department of Motor Vehicles database. You can’t look up any license plate, only license plates on cars involved in various cases. And in many cases, the record will not identify anyone. When a ticket is left on a windshield for an expired parking meter, for example, it’ll just say, “Unknown Party.”
Examples? Hawaii license plate KEPOOM has five cases linked to it, three for parking violations and two for speeding. Hawaii license plate NWP821 has seven cases — six for parking, one for speeding. NPF058 has eight cases — seven for parking, and one for disregarding a stop sign. And that’s the same careless act reported on Zapatag.com. The Title and Registration Bureau regulates the issuance of vehicle license plates. Once you have titled and registered your vehicle and paid all taxes and fees, the county treasurer’s office gives you your plates. If the plates you want are not on hand, the county treasurer gives you a 40-day temporary permit.
License plate decals, which indicate that an owner has paid all the taxes and fees on a vehicle, generally are issued for a one-year period by the county treasurer in the county where the vehicle is subject to tax or fee. The decal must be placed on the rear plate. The Montana plate pictured above was issued beginning in January 2010. Each design element echoes Montana’s classic license plates. The white Montana outline on a solid blue background harkens back to the plates of the ’70s, and the “Treasure State” slogan along the top was used through the ’50s. The clear-cut, white lettering for the state name and plate number is also a classic look, and makes it easier to read the plate from a distance. The “10” after Montana is for the issue year of the design, a feature that was used through the ’80s. The “dot” between the county prefix and the plate number is the familiar silhouette of a bison skull. (Source: dojmt.gov)