Mississippi Code Title 63. Motor Vehicles & Traffic Regulations § 63-17-74. Prohibition from selling motor vehicle without title in seller’s name

(1) It is unlawful for a person to sell a motor vehicle that is not titled and registered in the name of that person unless the person is:

(a) An heir, successor or assignee of the owner of the motor vehicle;

(b) A motor vehicle dealer licensed or permitted in the State of Mississippi to sell motor vehicles;

(c) A person selling a motor vehicle to a licensed used motor vehicle parts dealer or scrap metal processor in compliance with Section 63-21-39 ;

(d) A person selling a motor vehicle under the Mississippi Title Pledge Act;

(e) An insurance company or its authorized agent selling a motor vehicle that is the subject of an insurance claim;  or

(f) A finance company or bank selling a motor vehicle.

All local and state law enforcement agencies have jurisdiction to enforce this section.

(2) Any person who violates this section is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, shall be fined not less than One Thousand Dollars ($1,000.00) nor more than Five Thousand Dollars ($5,000.00) per violation.

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