Avoiding Photo Enforcement, Tip #23

January 30, 2010

In this series, we’re providing tips and methods to exploit and highlight the weaknesses and problems of photo enforcement. Use at your own risk, your mileage may vary.

According to Arizona civil procedure, photo enforcement tickets are required to be personally served in order to be legally enforceable. This requirement makes it virtually impossible for a segment of our population to receive photo tickets. The best part? It’s 100% legal and doesn’t require dodging process servers. Want to know how? There are actually two such methods.

Method #1: Register your vehicles in the name of a corporation or a trust. Since a corporation cannot be served, photo tickets will never become enforceable. This won’t stop them from mailing tickets to your company, as Redflex and ATS remain hopeful that the company will rat out the driver. But nevertheless, the tickets may be tossed without concern.

Caveat: Check with your insurance company before doing this. Changing your registration may cause you to lose discounts that you otherwise qualify for. It may not be worth it.

Method #2: Change your vehicle registration address to a private mailbox (PMB). This is not the same as a PO Box, as you cannot register vehicles to a PO Box. A PMB is a mailbox service that you can purchase from a place like the UPS Store or Mailboxes, Etc. Since these locations provide you with an actual street address, your address is legal for the purpose of vehicle registration.

Caveat: Since most of these stores are private franchises and each owner may be different, you’ll may want to check what their policy is with regard to turning over your personal information should a process server request it. Most owners will protect your identity.

Bonus Tip: If you are married, register the wife’s car in the husband’s name, and the husband’s car in the wife’s name. If they try to match sex from the photo to the registration, they may toss the ticket or may do no more than mail a letter if there is a mismatch.

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