TITLE 31
Motor and Other vehicles

CHAPTER 31-3.1
Certificates of Title and Security Interests

SECTION 31-3.1-22


§ 31-3.1-22 Release of security interest.

(a) Upon the satisfaction of a security interest in a vehicle for which the certificate of title is in the possession of the lienholder, the lienholder shall, within fifteen (15) business days, execute a release of his or her security interest, in the space provided for it on the certificate or as the division of motor vehicles prescribes, and mail or deliver the certificate and release to the next lienholder named in it, or, if none, to the owner or any person who delivers to the lienholder an authorization from the owner to receive the certificate. The owner, other than a dealer holding the vehicle for resale, shall promptly cause the certificate and release to be mailed or delivered to the division of motor vehicles, which shall release the lienholder's rights on the certificate or issue a new certificate.

(b) Upon the satisfaction of a security interest in a vehicle for which the certificate of title is in the possession of a prior lienholder, the lienholder whose security interest is satisfied shall within ten (10) days execute a release in the form the division of motor vehicles prescribes and deliver the release to the owner or to any person who delivers to the lienholder an authorization from the owner to receive it. The lienholder in possession of the certificate of title shall either deliver the certificate to the owner, or the person authorized by him or her, for delivery to the division of motor vehicles, or, upon receipt of the release and registration card, mail or deliver them with the certificate to the division of motor vehicles which shall release the subordinate lienholder's rights on the certificate or issue a new certificate.

(c) It shall be unlawful for the lienholder to charge any fee for the delivery of the certificate and release.

(d) Failure of the lienholder to provide the certificate and release as required by this section shall subject the lienholder to liability for any damages to the owner caused by that failure.

History of Section.
(P.L. 1971, ch. 100, § 1; P.L. 1985, ch. 377, § 1.)