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Arkansas House approves bill to increase vehicle registration deadline from 30 to 60 days

By: - January 24, 2023 6:52 pm

The Arkansas House of Representatives on Tuesday voted to double the amount of time Arkansans have to register new vehicles.

House Bill 1150 by Rep. Fran Cavenaugh (R-Walnut Ridge) would increase the period residents have to register newly purchased vehicles from 30 to 60 days.

It would also lengthen the deadline for new residents to switch their vehicle registrations after moving to the Natural State from 30 to 60 days.

State Rep. Fran Cavenaugh (R-Walnut Ridge)

The House in 2021 passed a similar bill, but it stalled in the Senate.

“This bill allows citizens to have 30 extra days to register their vehicles,” Cavenaugh said on the House floor.

An Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration study of the bill estimates it will cost the state $100,000 to update its software and train its employees to implement the change.

The bill passed the House 94-2, and it now awaits action in the Senate.

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Hunter Field
Hunter Field

Hunter Field is a veteran Arkansas journalist whose reporting on the state has carried him from military air strips in northwest Arkansas to soybean fields in the Arkansas delta. He spent the better part of the last decade investigating and reporting on Arkansas government and politics. For three years, he covered education policy, medical marijuana and the Arkansas General Assembly as part of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette’s Capitol Bureau. Most recently, he was the Democrat-Gazette's projects editor, leading the newspaper's investigative team. Hunter got his start in journalism covering sports for The Commercial Appeal in Memphis. A Memphis native, he enjoys smoking barbecue, kayaking and fishing in his free time.