(a) Vehicles Seized by the Division of Motor Vehicles.--Notwithstanding any other
provision of law, the Division of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of License and Theft, may
retain any vehicle seized by the Division of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of License and
Theft, in the course of any investigation authorized by the provisions of G.S. 20-49 or G.S. 20-49.1 and forfeited to the Division by a court of competent jurisdiction.
(b) Vehicles Seized by the United States Government.--Notwithstanding any other provision
of law, the Division may accept custody and ownership of any vehicle seized by the
United States Government, forfeited by a court of competent jurisdiction, and turned
over to the Division.
(c) Use of Vehicles.--All vehicles forfeited to, or accepted by, the Division pursuant
to this section shall be used by the Bureau of License and Theft to conduct undercover
operations and inspection station compliance checks throughout the State.
(d) Disposition of Seized Vehicles.--Upon determination by the Commissioner of Motor
Vehicles that a vehicle transferred pursuant to the provisions of this section is
of no further use to the agency for use in official investigations, the vehicle shall
be sold as surplus property in the same manner as other vehicles owned by the law
enforcement agency and the proceeds from the sale after deducting the cost of sale
shall be paid to the treasurer or proper officer authorized to receive fines and forfeitures
to be used for the school fund of the county in the county in which the vehicle was
seized, provided, that any vehicle transferred to any law enforcement agency under
the provisions of this Article that has been modified to increase speed shall be used
in the performance of official duties only and not for resale, transfer, or disposition
other than as junk. The Division shall also reimburse the appropriate county school fund for any diminution
in value of any vehicle seized under subsection (a) of this section during its period
of use by the Division. Any vehicle seized outside of this State shall be sold as surplus property in the
same manner as other vehicles owned by the law enforcement agency and the proceeds
from the sale after deducting the cost of sale shall be paid to the treasurer and
placed in the Civil Fines and Forfeitures Fund established pursuant to G.S. 115C-457.1.
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