[R.O. 2009 §71.08; CC 1981 §18-163; Ord. No. 83-51, 7-20-1983; Ord. No. 83-92, 10-18-1983; Ord. No. 96-50, 2-21-1996]
No motor vehicle or trailer shall be operated or parked on any highway of this City unless it shall have displayed thereon a valid current license plate or set of license plates issued for that motor vehicle or trailer by the Director of Revenue of the State. Each such plate shall be securely fastened to the motor vehicle in a manner so that all parts thereof shall be plainly visible and reasonably clean so that the reflective qualities thereof are not impaired. License plates shall be fastened to all motor vehicles except trucks, tractors, truck-tractors or truck-tractors licensed in excess of twelve thousand (12,000) pounds, on the front and rear of such vehicles not less than eight (8) nor more than forty-eight (48) inches above the ground, with the letters and numbers thereon right side up. The license plates on trailers, motorcycles, motortricycles and motorscooters shall be displayed on the rear of such vehicles with the letters and numbers thereon right side up. The license plates on trucks, tractors, truck-tractors or truck-tractors licensed in excess of twelve thousand (12,000) pounds shall be displayed on the front of such vehicles not less than eight (8) nor more than forty-eight (48) inches above the ground with the letters and numbers thereon right side up. Any reciprocal license of another State accepted by the State shall satisfy this requirement. The required current vehicle tag described in Section 301.130, RSMo., shall also be properly affixed upon the license plate.
[R.O. 2009 §71.09; CC 1981 §18-164; Ord. No. 83-51, 7-20-1983]
No person shall operate a motor vehicle or trailer upon the highways of this City on which there is displayed on the front or rear thereof any other plate, tag or placard bearing any number except the plate furnished by the Director of Revenue of the State or the placard herein authorized, nor shall there be displayed on any motor vehicle or trailer a placard, sign or tag bearing the words "license lost", "license applied for" or words of similar import as a substitute for such number plates or such placard.
[R.O. 2009 §71.10; Ord. No. 97-45, 1-22-1997]
No motor vehicle which is required to be registered in this State shall be operated or parked on any highway of this City unless it shall have displayed thereon a valid current State inspection sticker, seal or other device from a duly authorized official inspection station, except those vehicles exempt pursuant to State law.
[R.O. 2009 §71.20; CC 1981 §18-170; Ord. No. 83-51, 7-20-1983; Ord. No. 83-92, 10-18-1983]
No person whose operator's or chauffeur's license and driving privilege as a resident or non-resident has been canceled, suspended or revoked under the provisions of Chapter 302, RSMo., or Chapter 577, RSMo., shall drive any motor vehicle upon the highways of this City while such license and privilege is canceled, suspended or revoked and before an official reinstatement notice or termination notice is issued.
No person whose operator's or chauffeur's license has expired shall drive any motor vehicle upon the highways of this City unless such person has in his/her possession a current temporary license or other current authorization permitting the operation of motor vehicles by such person in the State.
[R.O. 2009 §71.21; CC 1981 §18-171; Ord. No. 83-51, 7-20-1983]
No person shall drive a motor vehicle upon the highways of the City except such person who possesses an operator's license which shall be carried at all times by the holder thereof while driving a motor vehicle and shall be displayed upon demand of any officer of the Highway Patrol or any Police Officer or Peace Officer or any other duly authorized persons for inspection when demand is made therefor. Failure of any chauffeur or operator of a motor vehicle to exhibit his/her license to any duly authorized officer shall be presumptive evidence that such person is not a duly licensed chauffeur or motor vehicle operator.
[R.O. 2009 §71.22; CC 1981 §18-172]
Any person at least fifteen (15) years of age who, except for age or lack of instruction in operating a motor vehicle, would otherwise be qualified to obtain a license pursuant to Sections 302.010 to 302.340, RSMo., may apply for and the Director shall issue a temporary instruction permit entitling the applicant, while having such permit in the applicant's immediate possession, to drive a motor vehicle of the appropriate class upon the highways for a period of twelve (12) months, but any such person, except when operating a motorcycle or motortricycle, must be accompanied by a licensed operator for the type of motor vehicle being operated who is actually occupying a seat beside the driver for the purpose of giving instruction in driving the motor vehicle, who is at least twenty-one (21) years of age, and in the case of any driver under sixteen (16) years of age, the licensed operator occupying the seat beside the driver shall be a grandparent, parent, guardian, a driver training instructor holding a valid driver education endorsement on a teaching certificate issued by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education or a qualified instructor of a private drivers' education program who has a valid driver's license. An applicant for a temporary instruction permit shall successfully complete a vision test and a test of the applicant's ability to understand highway signs which regulate, warn or direct traffic and practical knowledge of the traffic laws of this State, pursuant to Section 302.173, RSMo. In addition, beginning January 1, 2007, no permit shall be granted pursuant to this Section unless a parent or legal guardian gives written permission by signing the application and in so signing, state they, or their designee as set forth in Subsection (2) of this Section, will provide a minimum of forty (40) hours of behind-the-wheel driving instruction, including a minimum of ten (10) hours of behind-the-wheel driving instruction that occurs during the nighttime hours falling between sunset and sunrise. The forty (40) hours of behind-the-wheel driving instruction that is completed pursuant to this Section may include any time that the holder of an instruction permit has spent operating a motor vehicle in a driver training program taught by a driver training instructor holding a valid driver education endorsement on a teaching certificate issued by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education or by a qualified instructor of a private drivers' education program. If the applicant for a permit is enrolled in a Federal residential job training program, the instructor, as defined in Subsection (5) of this Section, is authorized to sign the application stating that the applicant will receive the behind-the-wheel driving instruction required by this Section.
State Law Reference—Minimum age of operator of licensees, §302.060(2), RSMo.
[R.O. 2009 §71.23; Ord. No. 98-51, 1-22-1998]
An insurance identification card, as defined by Section 303.024, RSMo., shall be carried in an insured motor vehicle at all times. The operator of an insured motor vehicle shall exhibit the insurance identification card on the demand of any Peace Officer who lawfully stops such operator or investigates an accident while that officer is engaged in the performance of the officer's duties. If the operator fails to exhibit an insurance identification card, the officer shall notify the State Director of Revenue, in the manner determined by the Director, and the officer may issue a summons to the operator pursuant to Subsection (B) of this Section. A motor vehicle liability insurance policy, a motor vehicle liability insurance binder or receipt which contains the policy information required in Subsection (2) of Section 303.024, RSMo., shall be satisfactory evidence of insurance in lieu of an insurance identification card.
No person operating a motor vehicle shall fail to exhibit an insurance identification card or other satisfactory evidence of insurance in lieu of such card upon the demand of any Peace Officer, when any Peace Officer lawfully stops such operator or investigates an accident while that officer is engaged in the performance of the officer's duties. However, no person shall be found guilty of violating this Section if the operator demonstrates to the court that he/she met the financial responsibility requirements of Section 303.025, RSMo., at the time the Peace Officer wrote the summons.