If the owner of a motor vehicle fails to timely pay the total amount of fees ordered for a parking ticket, a "stopper" is placed in the vehicle's record. The stopper prevents renewal of the vehicle's registration.
The owner at the time the ticket is issued may get a clearance either
A new owner of a vehicle upon which a registration stopper has been placed may obtain, from the District Court, a one-time stopper clearance for outstanding violations issued against the previous owner upon proof of title transfer.
Examples of proof of title transfer include: a certified copy of the notice of transfer of the vehicle that was filed with the applicable county department of motor vehicles (DMV); a certified copy of the certificate of ownership of the vehicle, signed by both the old and new owner, and filed with the applicable county DMV; and a certified letter from the applicable county DMV that the unpaid parking fees were incurred prior to the transfer of the vehicle's title to the new owner.
If a motor vehicle is sold without both the seller and buyer completing and filing the title transfer documents with the applicable county DMV, the seller is still the registered owner of that vehicle. To avoid problems, the seller should complete and file with the applicable DMV a notice of transfer of ownership to the vehicle.