What to do With California license plates when moving out of state

04-12-2010, 09:58 AMLocation: Northridge, Los Angeles, CA2,685 posts, read 6,991,440 timesOriginally Posted by Chichappens I neve had this issue in my life. I have a car with NV ta

What to do With California license plates when moving out of state
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04-12-2010, 09:58 AM

Location: Northridge, Los Angeles, CA

2,685 posts, read 6,991,440 timesOriginally Posted by Chichappens

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I neve had this issue in my life. I have a car with NV tags and use that as my offical addy and have lived in several states..........Never pulled over for it...... i know people who are snowbirds and come to La and AZ all the time every yr stay for a few months and nada.......there is NO rule that says you can't drive in another state with another state lic........Less you say the better less they know the less problems you have...If start yacking then ofcourse you will have problems.It really depends on the state that you are moving to. Some states, like Nevada or Washington, require that you register your car within 30 days of you moving there. However, when my mom moved to NYC for a year, we took our car and it was still registered here in California (simply because the insurance rates were too high there). Never got into any problems with anyone, besides the curious stare of why someone from California is driving in the NY snow

But your point is a good one; you could just say you're visiting if you want to keep 'em. But if someone reports you..well...that sucks. Most people wouldn't care otherwise.

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04-12-2010, 10:02 AM

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I've actually been in Chicago for the last two+ years still with my CA plates. I didn't bother to switch to IL because frankly, I didn't know how long I'd be staying here/ if things would work out. Secondly, their registration fees are higher than CA (registration fees, city sticker fees, and also a zoning permit may be required).

Anyway, you'll eventually need to switch plates because of the CA SMOG test requirement. If your car is less than six years old this won't be a problem until your car 'comes of age'. You can also defer your smog test by one year via a "statement of facts" form. However, you are required to take the smog test the following year. They will not give you your renewal stickers if you do not show proof of smog test and pass.

So, depending on whether or not you can drive the car back to smog it when the time comes (every two years)... you may or may not be able to keep your CA plates.

This is the concern I will have to deal with later this year when my renewal is up.

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04-12-2010, 10:24 AM

Location: Living on the Coast in Oxnard CA

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California will welcome your money. Your new state may have a problem with it though. It is not against the law in California to drive around in another state with California plates. Who you need to ask is your new states DMV. Some states back east may not care because out there you pay as you go, meaning it cost you a toll to drive on the road. Out here part of the cost to drive on the road is paid by registration of your car. California likes the idea that you will pay for that and then keep your car off the road. More money for them.

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04-12-2010, 10:34 AM

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I don't think anyone has asked, so I will.
What is the reason you want to keep your Ca plates?
Bob.

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04-12-2010, 04:25 PM

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gotcha thanks guys, i didnt think of the idea that cops will single me out good point. The reason id want to keep them is it would be unique and you dont see it very often. Its simple as that lol. Now someone else brought up a good point too saying it may cost more for tag fees and such in California vs Georgia. I think ill just ask the local DMV when i get moved out there.. i dont have to call the DMV in California to cancel my renewal tags and DL right?

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04-12-2010, 11:03 PM

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[SIZE=2]This may prove to be a long post, and it reflects the once reality of California.
First let me start by saying that I have my own perspective as to why the OP wants to keep the California plates, and I will discuss it here.
I could be wrong, and the OP may deny it, but having "been there", I know where of I speak.
California, for as long as I can remember, was the "place too be", when it came to living the good life.
Warm climate, beautiful scenery, plentiful employment, etc.etc.
It goes back to the days of the Gold rush.
People just picked up and headed to "the golden state."
In the flambouant 50's and 60's, movies and television portrayed California as the subtropical paradise the rest of the country aspired to be close too.
Fancy cars with their outlandish fins, home life in the SanFernando valley proved to be a magnet for those yearning for a new life.
Pictures in automobile ads that showed a carefree existence by some young couple cruising down a palm tree laden street in their oversized convertible.
Glamorous was the buzz word here, and California drew people from all over the world to bask in it's glory.
Glimpses of movie star's houses only added to the temptation to head west to the golden state.
If by chance you were from California, as a native , or transplant, it was sort of a status symbol to have people gawk at you and your vehicle if you were visiting out of state from California.
You just knew they were envious that you were from California.
That is how I felt whenever I visited another state with my car "from" California, and I would guess back then many other travelers from California felt the same.
Unfortunately that is then, and this is now, and the reality is, the rest of the nation, and perhaps the world, sees California in a whole different light.
The reality is, most out of staters look at California as a melting pot of crazed coke sniffing, crack smoking, drug induced, liberal wackos.
To back up this statement, you might browse the other cities around the nation that are part of this web site, and read what many say about California.
The reality of this once great state that influienced many in years past is, we are broke, unemployment is out of sight, cost of livinjg is beyond any sensible perspective, and the glitz and glamour that once were, has long since vanished .
So too those who remember what it once was, keeping a visible rememberance (a licence plate, decal, bumper sticker, etc.etc.)to show you are from California, takes on a whole new meaning today.
So I would tell the OP to ditch the plate, and relish in the fact you are in new surroundings, and let the past be just that, the past.
You have moved to a picturesque part of the country, and your "golden dreams" of a utopian California have long sinced past.
People really don't care if you are from California, in fact, they proably still, as in the past, stare at you and your vehicle with the California plates on it, but now, it is for an entirely different reason, and belive me, it isn't envy.
Bob.
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04-13-2010, 05:42 PM

69 posts, read 418,588 timesOriginally Posted by CALGUY

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[SIZE=2]This may prove to be a long post, and it reflects the once reality of California.
First let me start by saying that I have my own perspective as to why the OP wants to keep the California plates, and I will discuss it here.
I could be wrong, and the OP may deny it, but having "been there", I know where of I speak.
California, for as long as I can remember, was the "place too be", when it came to living the good life.
Warm climate, beautiful scenery, plentiful employment, etc.etc.
It goes back to the days of the Gold rush.
People just picked up and headed to "the golden state."
In the flambouant 50's and 60's, movies and television portrayed California as the subtropical paradise the rest of the country aspired to be close too.
Fancy cars with their outlandish fins, home life in the SanFernando valley proved to be a magnet for those yearning for a new life.
Pictures in automobile ads that showed a carefree existence by some young couple cruising down a palm tree laden street in their oversized convertible.
Glamorous was the buzz word here, and California drew people from all over the world to bask in it's glory.
Glimpses of movie star's houses only added to the temptation to head west to the golden state.
If by chance you were from California, as a native , or transplant, it was sort of a status symbol to have people gawk at you and your vehicle if you were visiting out of state from California.
You just knew they were envious that you were from California.
That is how I felt whenever I visited another state with my car "from" California, and I would guess back then many other travelers from California felt the same.
Unfortunately that is then, and this is now, and the reality is, the rest of the nation, and perhaps the world, sees California in a whole different light.
The reality is, most out of staters look at California as a melting pot of crazed coke sniffing, crack smoking, drug induced, liberal wackos.
To back up this statement, you might browse the other cities around the nation that are part of this web site, and read what many say about California.
The reality of this once great state that influienced many in years past is, we are broke, unemployment is out of sight, cost of livinjg is beyond any sensible perspective, and the glitz and glamour that once were, has long since vanished .
So too those who remember what it once was, keeping a visible rememberance (a licence plate, decal, bumper sticker, etc.etc.)to show you are from California, takes on a whole new meaning today.
So I would tell the OP to ditch the plate, and relish in the fact you are in new surroundings, and let the past be just that, the past.
You have moved to a picturesque part of the country, and your "golden dreams" of a utopian California have long sinced past.
People really don't care if you are from California, in fact, they proably still, as in the past, stare at you and your vehicle with the California plates on it, but now, it is for an entirely different reason, and belive me, it isn't envy.
Bob.
[/SIZE]you hit the nail on the head bob!.. great points!

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02-03-2014, 10:16 PM

I have a question with a diffrent angle on th same topic. My father living in Texas is gifting me his 1980 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham. It's in mint shap and he bought it when I was three years old in 1981. It's like a younger brother of mine. Any he treated it like his baby. I plan I keeping the registration under his name and having the car physically in CA. Since he is still legally a resident of TX, do we need to change plates or can we just keep renewing online and keeping the car in CA?

Thanks....

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02-04-2014, 12:39 AM

1,921 posts, read 1,644,732 timesOriginally Posted by CALGUY

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[SIZE=2]the glitz and glamour that once were, has long since vanished .
People really don't care if you are from California, in fact, they proably still, as in the past, stare at you and your vehicle with the California plates on it, but now, it is for an entirely different reason, and belive me, it isn't envy.
[/SIZE]Glitz and glamor have returned, to some extent. In the 1990s, Hollywood was famous for being a scuzzy shadow of its former glory. The 1994 film, JIMMY HOLLYWOOD, reflected that theme. But since then, Hollywood, like New York's Time Square, has been revitalized, returning to its former glory.

And California still retains a bit of cool factor. In 2009 I was walking in a park in Winnipeg, Canada, wearing my summer kahkis and sunglasses. Some nearby young women called to me in a friendly manner.

"Where are you from?" one of them asked.

"Los Angeles," I answered.

"You look it!" she said. "Welcome to Winnipeg!"

These young Canuk ladies seemed quite excited to see a man from L.A. They made me feel exotic.

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02-04-2014, 07:47 AM

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Unfortunately folks are leaving the state in droves, the southern half of the state is graying dramatically as Joel Kotkin pointed out in Sunday's Orange County Register, and the state is facing a severe shortage of children within 20-30 years, since the number of childbirths in this states continues to plunge while the state continues building schools as if it's 1964 as opposed to 2014.

Toss in unaffordable housing prices generated by 35+ years of 'urban containment' zoning restrictions, while folks who want to raise families and pursue the American dream are heading to numerous other thriving cities including Austin, DFW, Houston, Nashville, Charlotte, Raleigh & many others with affordable housing by the ton and much lower COL expenses.

The nannies in Sacramento won't stop taxing and/or over-regulating their citizens to death with policies which predictably demolished the manufacturing and housing construction industries, and millions have left over the past 20 years to avoid those blockheaded progressives.

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