California Title and Registration of Diesels

Discussion in 'Importing' started by DrivingMissRosey, Jul 8, 2015.

  1. MrsCait

    MrsCait

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    Has anyone registered in South Dakota? I know they don't require you to establish residency or prove you have the car there. You are even allowed to register with your CA address and license. No emissions testing either.
    But I can't find out anything really about out-of-country cars.

    Non-Resident Title and Registration Information
     
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  2. saltycoconuts

    saltycoconuts Currently accepting donations

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    Maybe give them a call and ask it wouldn’t hurt and might get you somewhere
     
  3. TonyP

    TonyP GOLD Star

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    Montana is another very popular place people register vehicles.
     
  4. DVracing

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    I have a 1991 Land Cruiser Diesel RHD that is 100% CA legal and Legit. That said it was a learning experience, and there is absolutely zero chance to import one directly to CA without doing things that ruin the vehicle or why you wanted it in the first place.
    You pretty much have to buy a vehicle that is already registered in another state, and it has to be over 25 years old. You very well may need the actual Dept of Homeland Security import papers.
    The NTHSB has a clause that is clearly written that vehicles over 25 years old do not have to meet any highway safety standards. I found this out from the CA Highway patrol office that I was sent to when the first trip to DMV was met with 2 people that did not know the rules or care about me whatsoever. It will help a great deal to have AAA do the vehicle inspection that is pretty much to verify the Vin and the motor type and such. That will allow you to bypass the DMV inspection which is important because none of them know RHD is legal if it is over 25 years old.
    So after being stonewalled at the DMV I went to the local Highway patrol where he stated sorry no can do until I mentioned the 25 year old part, he then said oh yes but it is dependent on the actual day of production so he said I needed the actual import papers that were signed of and stamped by homeland security that lists the production date of the vehicle (by the way most other countries do not specify a production date so it is whatever the importer puts on the papers that counts). It must be 25 years to the day or more. Went back to Highway patrol office showed him the papers, he said I do not need his inspection and showed me the NTHSB document on the 25 years thing and suggested trying a different DMV office.
    Went to a different office, 15 minutes later after a supervisor had to accept the 13 digit Vin I walked out with 100% legal plates. I have had police and Highway patrol talk to me about my rig and never once has a single one mentioned it not being legal. If you have a legal registration and plate you are legal.
     
  5. tlaporte

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    @DVracing Out of curiosity, when did you register your vehicle?

    I had reasonably similar experience to you, but that was 10+ years ago. Word is that things are much more difficult, if not impossible, nowadays. Curious to know if your experience contradicts that "word."
     
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