(a) Except as provided in 22.0114, the period of exemption permitted under 22.1004 and 22.1005 (2) A.S.C.A., from registration and licensing in American Samoa of any motor vehicle validly registered and licensed in another jurisdiction expires immediately upon arrival of the vehicle in American Samoa.

(b) The director of port administration shall not release a privately owned motor vehicle to the owner upon its importation into American Samoa unless and until the owner provides the director or his authorized representative with a certificate of compulsory motor vehicle liability insurance coverage required by 22.2001 through 22.2019 A.S.C.A., and effective through the last day of the same month 1 year after the month in which the insurance coverage is issued, and further removes any license tags issued by another jurisdiction from the vehicle.

(c) Upon presentation of the certificate of compulsory motor vehicle liability insurance coverage and removal of any foreign license tags from the vehicle, the director of port administration shall cause to be affixed in the rear window of the motor vehicle, preferably on the lower right-hand corner, a temporary license tag on which the port director has marked in bold numerals the expiration date as the fifth day, excluding Saturday and Sunday, after the date of release of the motor vehicle to the owner.

(d) The owner of the motor vehicle shall have the vehicle inspected, registered, and licensed on or before the expiration date of the temporary license tag in accordance with 22.1002 and 22.1202 A.S.C.A., and Article 1 of this chapter.

History: Rule 12-80, eff 1 Jul 80, § 4 (d).