Vehicle Code in Missouri
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Have you ever wondered how the laws that govern your state were created? You can find a complete list of Missouri's state laws and regulations on the Missouri General Assembly website.
Title XIX of Missouri's Revised Statutes, also known as the state's vehicle code, covers regulations relating to driver's licenses, vehicle registration procedures, and rules of the road for Missouri motorists. The vehicle code is divided into the following sections:
- Chapter 300, Model Traffic Ordinance
- Chapter 301, Registration and Licensing of Motor Vehicles
- Chapter 302, Driver's and Commercial Driver's Licenses
- Chapter 303, Motor Vehicle Financial Responsibility Law
- Chapter 304, Traffic Regulations
- Chapter 305, Aircraft and Airports
- Chapter 306, Watercraft Regulation and Licensing
- Chapter 307, Vehicle Equipment Regulations
While most of the information contained in Missouri's vehicle code is summarized in state's driver handbook or on the Missouri Department of Revenue website, there are several situations in which drivers might want to refer to the full text of the code. For example:
- You received a traffic ticket, but you don't believe you are guilty of the offense.
- Your license was suspended and you plan to appeal the decision.
- You were involved in a motor vehicle accident and plan to file a personal injury lawsuit.
- You're a new state resident who is curious about the difference between Missouri laws and the regulations of your home state.
Whenever you need or want to check the status of your driver’s license, you can order a driving record report. This record will spell out if your driver’s license is currently valid. Should your license have been revoked or suspended, the report will indicate that according to what’s on record at the DOR. This report will also show points against your license and, in some cases, information on any accidents you have had.
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