Out of State Vehicle Registration: What to Know
Like a car title, your vehicle registration is also important. It is mandated in all states as a prerequisite for driving. It also shows essential details about the car like its make and year. In cases where a vehicle owner relocates to another state, out-of-state vehicle registration is mandated. This simply means that vehicle came from outside the state and must be registered in the new state. If you find yourself in such a situation, here are some tips to help you get your out of state registration card:
Figure out if inspections are needed
In some states like Florida, before you can obtain an out-of-state vehicle registration, several checks need to be carried out on your vehicle. This is to ensure that your vehicle is safe enough to be driven on the new state roads. These inspections include but are not limited to car title from previous state, smog certificate, vehicle identification number verification, and weight master certificate. If your vehicle does not pass all these inspections, out-of-state registration is not possible.
Prepare the essentials
Gather up your essential car documents like your license plate from your previous state, application for registration, car title from your previous state, smog certificate, proof of insurance, a level 1 vehicle inspection, out of state registration, the payment of all required fees, and other applicable documents that may be requested by the new state's department of motor vehicles (DMV).
How do you know the registration fee you are to pay? Visit the Florida department of motor vehicles for this. In most cases, the DMV has a fee calculator to help you out. It is essential that you pay early (which usually is within the first 16 days of living in the new state), or else late fees will be added to your registration fee amongst other penalties. To prevent this from happening, you can book an appointment at the DMV office through their website. This will help you avoid visiting the department late.
Go ahead to register
Vehicles can be registered at the state department of motor vehicles (DMV) or a licensed company (depending on the state). Before you go for registration, ensure you have paid fully for your processing fees, electronic transmission fee, and state tax charges if applicable.
Once you get your car registered, the conclusion of this process in most states usually comes with car stickers, license plates, registration cards, and car titles all from the new state department of motor vehicles (DMV). Be sure to keep these documents out of harm's way as failure to do so can result in loss or damage. And repeating this process can be tiring for an individual.
The process for registering out-of-state vehicles varies per state so be sure to visit the Florida Department of Motor Vehicles for more specific information. Auto Tags is a DMV alternative in South Florida that can ease the stress and help you register your out-of-state vehicle fast. Contact us to get started today!
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