(a) The department shall, before renewing the registration of any vehicle, check the
driver's license record of all registered owners for conviction of traffic violations
and traffic accidents.
(b) The department shall, before renewing the registration of any vehicle, check the
driver's license record of all registered owners for notices filed with the department
pursuant to subdivision (a) of former Section 40509 and notices that the licensee has failed to pay a lawfully imposed
fine, penalty, assessment, or bail within the time authorized by the court for any
violation that is required to be reported pursuant to Section 1803 and shall refuse to renew the registration of the vehicle if the driver's license
record of any registered owner has any such outstanding notices to appear or failures
to pay a court-ordered fine, unless the department has received a certificate issued by the magistrate or
clerk of the court hearing the case in which the promise was given showing that the
case has been adjudicated or unless the registered owner's record is cleared as provided
in Chapter 6 (commencing with Section 41500) of Division 17. In lieu of the certificate of adjudication, a notice from the court stating that
the original records have been lost or destroyed shall permit the department to renew
(c) Any notice received by the department pursuant to former Section 40509 that has been on file five years may be removed from the department records and destroyed,
in the discretion of the department.
(d) In lieu of the certificate of adjudication or a notice from the court, the department
shall with the consent of all registered owners collect the amounts that it has been notified are due pursuant to former Section 40509 and former Section 40509.5, and authorized to be collected pursuant to Article 2 (commencing with Section 14910) of Chapter 5 of Division 6.
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