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The 192nd General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts


Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:

Chapter 90 of the General Laws is hereby amended by striking out section 26A, as appearing in the 1996 Official Edition, and inserting in place thereof the following section:-

Section 26A. (a) A person in whose name a motor vehicle or trailer has been registered under the provisions of this chapter and a person to whom a learner's permit or a license to operate motor vehicles has been granted by the registrar shall report a change of name, residential address or mailing address in writing to said registrar within 30 days after the date on which any such change was made. Said registrar may revoke or suspend the license or certificate of registration or learner's permit of a person violating the provisions of this subsection.

(b) Said registrar may use reasonable sources of information regarding addresses including, but not limited to, municipal excise records, insurance company records and United States Post Office change of address records to update address information contained in registry records and such updated records shall constitute the official records of said registrar for purpose of giving any notice as provided in this chapter or for any other purpose. If the registrar obtains information from the department of revenue, he shall have access only to individuals' names and addresses.

(c) Said registrar shall not be required to mail a notice pursuant to this chapter to more than one address; provided, however, that such address was obtained pursuant to subsection (a) or (b).

Approved August 10, 1998.