TITLE 31
Motor and Other vehicles

CHAPTER 31-9
Theft and Related Offenses

SECTION 31-9-5


§ 31-9-5 Alteration of identification number.

(a)(1) No person shall with fraudulent intent remove, deface, destroy, or alter the manufacturer's serial or engine number or any other distinguishing number or identification mark of a motor vehicle or any of its parts nor shall any person place or stamp any serial, engine, or other number or mark upon a motor vehicle or any part, except one assigned to it by the division of motor vehicles. Any violation of this provision is a felony.

(2) The fact that a person removed, defaced, destroyed, or altered the manufacturer's serial or engine number or any other distinguishing number or identification mark of a motor vehicle or part, or that a person placed or stamped on a motor vehicle part any serial, engine, or other number or mark different from that originally assigned by the manufacturer to it, without first obtaining a permit from the division of motor vehicles, shall be prima facie evidence of that person's fraudulent intent.

(b) This section shall not prohibit the restoration by an owner of an original serial, engine, or other number or mark when that restoration is made under a permit issued by the division of motor vehicles, nor prevent any manufacturer from placing in the ordinary course of business numbers or marks upon motor vehicles or their parts.

History of Section.
(P.L. 1950, ch. 2595, art. 12, § 8; G.L. 1956, § 31-9-5; P.L. 1978, ch. 196, § 1; P.L. 1983, ch. 221, § 7; P.L. 1984, ch. 264, § 1.)