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Federal safety label required on all vehicles to be titled and registered

The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration established safety standards by which all vehicles that are to be used on a highway must be constructed. Title 49 of Federal Code of Regulations Part 567 requires the manufacturer to place a label on the vehicle indicating compliance with the safety regulations.

During the 2006 Iowa legislative session, a bill was passed, and subsequently signed into law, that requires a vehicle to have a manufacturer's label attached to the vehicle, certifying that the vehicle meets all the federal safety standards, if the vehicle is to be titled and registered for use on a highway. If there is no manufacturer's label, the vehicle will not be titled or registered in Iowa.

The new language found in Iowa Code § 321.30(15) reads, "Unless otherwise provided for in this chapter, the department or the county treasurer shall refuse registration and issuance of a certificate of title unless the vehicle bears a manufacturer's label pursuant to 49 C.F.R. pt. 567 certifying that the vehicle meets federal motor vehicle safety standards."