Example: [Collected on the Internet, January 2007]
SIGN CAR REGISTRATION OR PAY $125
Make sure your car registration has been signed on the back to avoid paying a $125 fine if you're ever pulled over for anything.
New legislation in Michigan.
At the Secretary of States office the customer service representative told me to please be sure that the registered owner of the vehicle signed the registration. She explained that if you are pulled over and the back of your registration is not signed (even though it is valid), you will be fined $125.00.
I was so stunned I had to clarify: "So, if I get pulled over, and even though my tags are valid, and the registration is in my possession, BUT it is not signed by the registered owner, I will be given a ticket for $125.00?" She answered YES! Apparently, this is Michigan state legislature that has recently been put into effect. Pass it on
Origins: This e-mail warning about "new legislation in Michigan" began circulating in December 2006. While the helpful heads-up was then correct that drivers in Michigan were required to sign the backs of their vehicle registrations as soon as they received those documents, the law in question was not new but in fact dated to at least 1949.
(2) A person who violates this section is responsible for a civil infraction.
While the original e-mail asserted that the fine for not signing one's Michigan vehicle registration was $125, the amount of the penalty assessed actually varied according to local courts.
Barbara "ink is cheap, fines aren't" Mikkelson
Last updated: 19 January 2008
Greenwood, Tom. "Signing Car Registration Is Pointless." Detroit News. 22 January 2007.