Police To Start Vehicle Registration, License Crackdown

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The Payson Police Department will be cracking down on drivers who fail to register their vehicle or update their license with the state.

In a growing trend, officers have reported seeing a number of residents failing to register their vehicle when moving from another state or updating their driver license address, said Police Chief Don Engler.

“They come from another state and continue to drive with an out of state license,” he said. “This is just one of the laws we see being violated more and more and this is our attempt to take some action.”

Over the next few months, officers will conduct an enforcement detail during regular shift hours in an attempt to seek Arizona residency compliance for operating a motor vehicle and obtaining a driver license, Engler said. The majority of offenders are new residents, police say.

“It is normally people that have moved in and failed to take the necessary steps to get registered,” he said.

Under Arizona law, motorists have 10 days to obtain an Arizona driver license. However, vehicles must be registered in the state immediately upon establishing residency. Residency is generally established when a person registers to vote, enrolls a child in public school or is employed.

Engler said this is not a crackdown on illegal immigrants.

It is easy and free to change your address online. Visit www.servicearizona.com and follow the instructions. You will be asked to provide your name, date of birth and driver license or identification card number. There is a $4 charge if you request a replacement driver license or identification card. Visit www.azdot.gov for information on vehicle registration.

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