Moving from one place to another can be really tiring and frustrating and in the midst of all this, you make mistakes that you regret later. Registering your vehicle with the new state is an important task which mostly gets dropped to the end of your TO-DO list after moving. So, here are a few things that you should know before moving to a new state.
The Grace Period:
Remember that every state has its own rules for the number of permitted days within which you have to complete your vehicle registration process. Generally, 3 or 4 weeks are allowed for completing the registration work and filing your insurance to the DMV but nothing can be said for certain. It is possible that your new state allows even fewer days for completing the process. So, it is suggestible that you either confirm the time allowed or complete the registering process as soon as possible.
Get all the Legal Documents:
It is important that you know all the documents that are needed for verifying your identity in your new state. While registering your vehicle or changing tags, you'll need to submit your legal documents to the government offices. It is a possibility that you may get asked for documents which were not required for your previous state registrations, don't panic at times like these. These situations often occur when there is a change in the rules and regulation of the process. So, it is recommended that you check beforehand and make a list of all the required documents so that you can prepare them well in time.
Here are some documents that are more or less required for any state:
Proof of Identification: This can be any government supported identification that has your photo, signature and a verified address on it.
Proof of Ownership: A document that states that the vehicle you are about to register is your own. This can include the registration of the vehicle from your previous state.
Insurance: Most states like to see you have car insurance for your vehicle before its registered. Make sure you have a valid active copy in hand when you go in.
Odometer Disclosure Statement: Not all states but some like California require your vehicle to pass this odometer test before registering. They run your vehicle in a testing area a verify the odometer readings with the real parameters.
Emissions Disclosure Statement: EDS states that your vehicle follows the maximum allowed Emission level for the state. It must be noted that if the vehicle fails the Emission test then the vehicle is denied registrations rights.
Fill Out the Registration Form:
Next step after sorting all the legal documents is getting the registration form of your new state. It is important that you get the right registration form and do not mix it with some other. If you can find the official website that can provide you with the form and all the necessary details about the form then download and print the form. It is recommended that you first read the whole form patiently before filling it. Also they usually have the Registration form at the local tag office or DMV.
After you register your vehicle with the state and finalize/pay everything ask for the receipt. If you did online funds transfer then save the generated receipt and don't forget to print it so that you do not have to worry about printing it so you can save it in your files. Also be sure to file any paperwork and make copies of everything just in case. That way if for some reason they lose your records you will have proof that your car was registered and you paid.
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