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fyrflie

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Posted: 07/06/22 09:16am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

This may be what your looking for.

https://www.dmv.ca.gov/portal/vehicle-registration/license-plates-decals-and-placards/temporary-operating-permits/

One-Trip Permit
In lieu of California registration, you can get a one trip permit (for a fee) to move a vehicle: Show Citation 11

When unladen, for one continuous trip from a place within California to a place in or outside California or from outside California to a place in California (by the most direct route).
For participation as a vehicular float or display in a lawful parade or exhibition for one round trip from one place to another. The total round trip cannot exceed 100 miles and must be completed within 60 days.
A one trip permit is also valid for a nonresident:

To move a newly purchased trailer coach into California.
Member of the armed forces to move an unregistered trailer coach they own into, out of, or within California.
A one trip permit cannot be used to move a crane or trailer coach owned by a California resident.

Blank one trip permits may be purchased in volume from any DMV office.

Issuing a one trip permit doesn’t affect California tax requirements. For sales and use tax information, contact the Board of Equalization (BOE) at www.boe.ca.gov or 1-800-400-7115.

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California will charge you all kinds of fees. If tags are due you may have to pay that. Smog check needed, you will have to have that done. They will definitely charge you sell tax. If it were me, I would leave the California plates on it and drive it back to your home. Save yourself a lot of money and headache.

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FrayJo wrote:

Cptnvideo wrote:

We bought 2 new motorhomes in Auburn, CA. The dealer drove said motorhomes to Nevada where the sale was completed using a Nevada Notary. Then drove motorhomes to Arizona without plates - never got stopped.


The same for me


Great story… but not applicable so much to someone driving back cross country.


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Chill I understand your reluctance to do something devious but I did just that from CA to FL, from Chicago to Dallas, and Nashville to Baltimore + several shorter trips. Never had a problem. Like I said as often as this situation comes up States need to step up and do something about it

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OP, I would look into meeting in Yuma, AZ and completing the transaction there.
Maybe not possible, but it wouldn't hurt to look into it.


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ferndaleflyer wrote:

Chill I understand your reluctance to do something devious but I did just that from CA to FL, from Chicago to Dallas, and Nashville to Baltimore + several shorter trips. Never had a problem. Like I said as often as this situation comes up States need to step up and do something about it


Here is my solution. I did not know that in California plates stay with the vehicle and once you sign the title you absolve the old owner of all responsibility. I will use the plates on the current Class B RV and drive it home. I will insure it before I leave. My reluctance and concern was that the owner would remove the plates after the sale to return to DMV as that is how we do it here in NJ.

I didn't want to drive across the country without plates. I know in NJ They would pull me over and impound the vehicle immediately.

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Yes, in California, the plates areassigned to the vehicle not the owner. So if you buy a vehicle in California, it will have plates for you to drive it legally.

Also, remember that AAA, as well as other businesses, are authorized to handle many DMV registrations. So the need to go into an actual DMV office is eliminated.


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chill66 wrote:

Here is my solution. I did not know that in California plates stay with the vehicle and once you sign the title you absolve the old owner of all responsibility. I will use the plates on the current Class B RV and drive it home. I will insure it before I leave. My reluctance and concern was that the owner would remove the plates after the sale to return to DMV as that is how we do it here in NJ.

I didn't want to drive across the country without plates. I know in NJ They would pull me over and impound the vehicle immediately.


That's correct. Hopefully the seller's tags are up to date.

There's a portion of the CA title that you sign and leave with the seller. They can go straight to the CA DMV website and record the sale with all of your info to protect their liability. And you'll have the signed title that protects your ownership.

Have the owner email you a photo of the title in advance so you can have a look first. Make sure there isn't a lienholder and make sure there aren't any other complications. For example, a CA title can list the husband OR the wife, but then your state might require both of their signatures, so make sure both of them sign and date it.

Other than that, your plate with the current tags plus your signed title and proof of insurance are all you need to get across the country. (Make sure you deal with the insurance before you hit the road.)


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dedmiston wrote:

chill66 wrote:

Here is my solution. I did not know that in California plates stay with the vehicle and once you sign the title you absolve the old owner of all responsibility. I will use the plates on the current Class B RV and drive it home. I will insure it before I leave. My reluctance and concern was that the owner would remove the plates after the sale to return to DMV as that is how we do it here in NJ.

I didn't want to drive across the country without plates. I know in NJ They would pull me over and impound the vehicle immediately.


That's correct. Hopefully the seller's tags are up to date.

There's a portion of the CA title that you sign and leave with the seller. They can go straight to the CA DMV website and record the sale with all of your info to protect their liability. And you'll have the signed title that protects your ownership.

Have the owner email you a photo of the title in advance so you can have a look first. Make sure there isn't a lienholder and make sure there aren't any other complications. For example, a CA title can list the husband OR the wife, but then your state might require both of their signatures, so make sure both of them sign and date it.

Other than that, your plate with the current tags plus your signed title and proof of insurance are all you need to get across the country. (Make sure you deal with the insurance before you hit the road.)


Good (and correct) information!

BTW - sales tax in California is collected when:
A *new* vehicle is purchased. If a *new* vehicle is leaving the state, usually the buyer and seller meet in AZ or NV to complete the purchase. (Yes, that's legal).

For a *previously owned* vehicle -from a private party- CA sales tax would be charged when the new owner goes to the CA DMV to register it. A smog inspection would be required.
Note: A previously owned vehicle being purchased from a *dealer*:
Expect the dealer is required to charge CA sales tax. Use the "work-around" above.......and/or check with your home state how it is handled.

BTW - the CA plates stay with the vehicle - which may -or may not-
be "collected by the state where the new registration takes place, along with sales tax (if any) and registration fees.

Lastly - there are private vehicle registration companies, which are authorized to complete registration (etc.) in CA.
Most will answer questions w/o charging a fee for same.
**In many/most instances they are more knowledgeable than many AAA
offices - with more complicated registration, etc.

It's really not as difficult as it seems...[emoticon]

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