TITLE XXI
MOTOR VEHICLES

CHAPTER 259
WORDS AND PHRASES DEFINED

Section 259:72

    259:72 Owner. –
" Owner " shall mean:
I. For purposes of the provisions of this title relative to registration, any person holding title to a vehicle, or having exclusive right to the use thereof for a period of greater than 30 days;
II. [Repealed.]
III. For purposes of the provisions of this title relative to certificate of title, any person, other than a lienholder, having the property in or title to a vehicle, including a person entitled to the use and possession of a vehicle subject to a security interest in another person, not including a lessee under a lease not intended as security. Any person except a licensed dealer who purchases a vehicle for another shall not be considered an owner.
IV. For purposes of the provisions of this title relative to financial responsibility, a person who holds the legal title to a vehicle, except a moped, a person entitled to possession of such a vehicle under a conditional sale or lease by terms of which title vests in him on performance of stated conditions, or a mortgagor entitled to possession.
V. For the purposes of the provisions of this title relative to electronic toll collection, any person holding title to a vehicle, or having the exclusive right to the use thereof pursuant to a court order following a final hearing on the merits or under a written rental or lease agreement, for any period of time.

Source. 1905, 86:1. 1911, 133:1. 1913, 81:1. 1915, 129:1. 1917, 229:1. 1919, 161:1. 1921, 119:1. 1923, 75:1. 1925, 25:1; 68:1. PL 99:1. 1927, 52:1; 54:1. 1929, 43:1. 1935, 73:2, 3. 1937, 161:1. 1939, 47:1; 130:1; 189:1, 2, 3, 5; 190:1. 1941, 98:1; 111:1; 142:2; 198:4. RL 115:1; 122:1. 1943, 189:1. 1947, 177:1. 1949, 188:1; 189:1, 2; 197:1; 212:2; 233:1; 286:4. 1953, 252:3. RSA 259:1, XXI; 268:1, III; 269-A:1, VI; 269-C:1, IX. 1967, 357:1. 1973, 560:1. RSA 259:72. 1981, 146:1; 538:11, IV. 2004, 241:2, eff. June 15, 2004. 2014, 278:1, eff. Sept. 26, 2014. 2015, 231:1, eff. Jan. 1, 2016.