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Statute: 12:7A-7

A person who possesses or has custody of a piece of marine equipment shall exhibit the certificate of ownership therefor, after a request by the director, the State Marine Police Force, or any other law enforcement officer, in accordance with the regulations adopted by the director. These regulations shall set forth the time, manner and place in which the certificate of ownership shall be exhibited. b. The director shall prescribe, by regulation, the forms for certificates of ownership and certified copies. c. Whenever marine equipment is in the possession of a marina operator, dealer, or service facility, production by the marina operator, dealer, or service facility of a writing, signed by the person delivering possession of the marine equipment which states that the person delivering possession is the owner or entitled to possession of the marine equipment and that the person has title papers or a certificate of number or other evidence of ownership, shall satisfy the requirements of this section. However, the director, the State Marine Police Force, or any law enforcement officer may seize and take into possession anywhere in this State any marine equipment for which the manufacturer's number is not readable. The marine equipment shall be disposed of as provided in this act. d. If any marine equipment, including documented vessels, is titled or exhibits registration numbers or other identifying marks issued by another state or the United States Coast Guard and is being used, operated or stored in this State, a person in possession of, or using or operating the marine equipment or documented vessel shall be entitled to ownership or possession in accordance with federal regulations or the laws of the state where the marine equipment or documented vessel is titled or registered. However, the person in possession shall produce for the director, the State Marine Police Force, or any law enforcement officer anywhere in this State, documents showing title to, or right of possession in, the marine equipment or documented vessel in the person or in the person who is authorized to possess or use, or to use and operate, the marine equipment or documented vessel, which documents shall evidence the valid documentation, titling or registering of the marine equipment or documented vessel pursuant to federal regulation or requirements of the particular state. e. If there is a failure to produce a valid certificate of number as required by section 4 of P.L. 1962, c. 73 (C. 12:7-34.39), a valid certificate of ownership as required in regulations prescribed by the director, or valid documentation papers, the director, the State Marine Police Force or any law enforcement officer may, if necessary, seize and take possession, either constructive or actual, anywhere in this State of the marine equipment or documented vessel and dispose of it as provided in this act; provided that, if a person charged with a violation of this section can exhibit the certificate of number, certificate of ownership, or documentation papers that were valid on the day he was charged to the judge of the court before whom he is summoned to answer to the charge, the judge may dismiss the charge and may impose court costs. L. 1984, c. 152, s.7; amended by L. 1987, c. 138, s. 5.

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