Sgt. Chris Yagelski

Sgt. Chris Yagelski

Q: Due to an illness we recently placed our mother in a nursing home. Since she can no longer drive, we sold her car. Unfortunately she just renewed the license plate in December. Is the plate still valid? Do we need to return it?

A: If you sell the car, you don't need to worry about returning the license plate or registration, however, by all means remove it from the vehicle after it is sold.

If you are interested in receiving an excise credit for any of the remaining period, take proof of selling the vehicle to any license branch. You will then be given an excise tax refund form to complete.

After the Bureau of Motor Vehicles approves your request, a refund will be sent to your mother.

Q: They built the big bridge by Blue Chip it seems like 10 years ago. Why is there still a construction trailer under it? I drive by it every day and it sure is an eyesore.

A: The area under and next to the bridge belongs to the State of Indiana and this is a mobile work station for the Indiana State Highway Department.

Q: My son is approaching 16 and driving me crazy because he wants to start driving. He cannot get in driver's ed until the summer. Is driver's ed required for him to get a license?

A: No, it is not required in Indiana. However, without driver's education your son must be 16 years old to be eligible for a learner's permit. He then must complete the 50-hour driving log, and then be eligible to be tested for a license both written and driving when he reached 16 years, 270 days old.

Q: We purchased a snowmobile from a farmer locally. It is old, but runs very well. All he gave us was a written bill of sale and no title and told us we did not need one as long as we road on private property. Is this really true?

A: Yes and no. Snowmobiles are not required to be titled but may be voluntarily titled upon request to the BMV by the owner. They must, however, be registered to operate.

Snowmobile registration can be ordered online through or at any license branch. You will receive your "Certificate of Registration" and decal within 14 days.

Remember to have written permission from any and all property owners before you ride on private property.

This week's riddle

The winner of the $30 gas card sponsored by American Auto Body of Michigan City was Judy Galligan of Valparaiso.

Last column's riddle of what was in the blind man's package that he delivered? Well, of course, the answer was blinds.

The sponsor of this week's riddle is Ryan Huff and staff at Wrights Flowers and Gifts in Michigan City. The winner receives a $30 gift certificate.

Here is a riddle that will test your skills. You go to Wrights Flowers to buy Valentine's Day flowers for your wife, and find a bouquet of six tulips and eight daisies cost $10, but a bouquet of eight tulips and six daisies costs $11, how much does each flower cost?

The 10th correct answer by phone or email at exactly 1 p.m. Friday wins.

To answer a question, or ask one, contact Sgt. Chris Yagelski at 219-873-1461, ext. 333, or email

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