V C Section 8203 Suspension or Cancellation of Operating Privileges Seizure and Sale of Vehicles
Suspension or Cancellation of Operating Privileges:
Seizure and Sale of Vehicles
8203. (a) When a lien is perfected pursuant to Section 8200 and the opportunity to submit additional documentation or to request a hearing has passed, the department may suspend or cancel the operating privileges of the fleet. When the suspension takes effect, the department may seize a sufficient number of vehicles to satisfy the lien without further notice, upon obtaining authorization for the seizure and sale from the director or his or her authorized representative.
(b) Members of the California Highway Patrol, and peace officers employed by local authorities, are agents of the department for the purposes of this section.
(c) In all cases, prior to the sale, a notice of the lien and intent to sell the vehicle shall be given by the department to the registrant, the known legal and registered owners, and to any other person known to be claiming an interest in the vehicle. The department shall also give public notice of the lien by placing an advertisement in a newspaper of general circulation published in the county in which the registrant's place of business is located.
(d) At any time before seizure and sale, any person claiming an interest in the vehicle may pay the department the amount of the lien, plus costs. In that event, the seizure and sale shall not be held, and the vehicle, shall be returned by the department to the person entitled to its possession.
(e) Any property found by the department in any vehicle seized under the provisions of this article shall be handled by the department in the manner provided in Section 2414 and 2415.
(f) The sale shall be conducted and proceeds distributed pursuant to Section 9802.