A dealer will be required to provide justification for the number of dealer tags, also known as distinguishing number tags, they request when the number of tags exceeds the number of full-time employees of the dealership. “Full-time employee” shall mean an employee that works a minimum of 35 hours per week and receives monetary compensation for such hours. Proof of such employment may be required when questioning the use of a dealer tag. Such proof may be, but is not limited to, copy of the W-2 form, time sheet or Mississippi Employment Security Commission (MESC) UI-3 form.
The following are not proper uses of a dealer tag:
1. Use by family members of the dealer or employees of the dealership who are not full-time employees.
2. Use by owner, director, stockholders or partners of the dealership who are not full-time employees of the dealership.
3. Use by receivers, trustees, administrators, executors, guardians, or other persons appointed by or acting under any judgment or order of any court, whether state or federal.
4. Use by public officials, including state, county, or municipal employees, while performing their official duties or commuting to or from the locations where they perform their official duties.
5. Commuting to and/or from school by a full-time student or teacher, or commuting by anyone to or from any other employment not directly associated with the dealership. This includes other businesses owned by the owner of the dealership or other employment of the full time employees of the dealership.
6. Use of a dealer tag on a vehicle that is not for sale by the dealer, or use of a dealer tag on a vehicle that is titled to the dealer or a full-time employee of the dealership. This includes any vehicle in inventory that is used for the purpose of all service vehicles, tow trucks, wreckers, flat beds and courtesy vans.
7. Non-educational use of those tags assigned to schools for driver education purposes.
8. Use by persons having their vehicles repaired by the dealership if the “loaner” vehicle does not contain the required statement from the dealer or if the use exceeds the ten (10) days, and
9. Non-business use, except when operated by the owner of the dealership or full-time dealership personnel, on a vehicle in inventory and available for sale.