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Old 06-23-2013, 02:00 PM   #1
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Moving back to CA

Hello everyone,


I am moving back to CA after a couple years in Maryland. I am interested in finding out what I'll have to do to register my car again. I know a smog check will be required, which I'm not worried about. What about an inspection? I know the vehicle code says that the tires must be fully covered by the fenders, and mine are currently not.

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Old 06-23-2013, 07:28 PM   #2
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No inspection. By the letter of the law, you have 10 days to get a new driver license and get your jeep registered. After the smog check, just take your paperwork into a DMV office, maybe even an Auto Club if you are a member and they should be able to swap it over for you. You will probably have to turn in your Maryland plates as well.

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Old 06-23-2013, 09:10 PM   #3
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If the car has never been registered in California they will inspect....
Aside of that no worries the ref is pretty easy at DMV and is looking for bigger violations then tires usually...

If its been registered in California before then hit up AAA if your a member...super easy
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Old 06-24-2013, 07:14 AM   #4
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516. "Resident" means any person who manifests an intent to live or be located in this state on more than a temporary or transient basis. Presence in the state for six months or more in any 12-month period gives rise to a rebuttable presumption of residency.
The following are evidence of residency for purposes of vehicle registration:
(a) Address where registered to vote.
(b) Location of employment or place of business.
(c) Payment of resident tuition at a public institution of higher education.
(d) Attendance of dependents at a primary or secondary school.
(e) Filing a homeowner's property tax exemption.
(f) Renting or leasing a home for use as a residence.
(g) Declaration of residency to obtain a license or any other privilege or benefit not ordinarily extended to a nonresident.
(h) Possession of a California driver's license.
(i) Other acts, occurrences, or events that indicate presence in the state is more than temporary or transient.





Just do as few of these as possible. California DMV is the worst.


As for registration, smog it somewhere on the east coast to see if it will pass CA standards, if not, you should get it fixed before coming out here and trying (way more expensive).
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Old 06-24-2013, 07:35 AM   #5
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If the car has never been registered in California they will inspect....
Aside of that no worries the ref is pretty easy at DMV and is looking for bigger violations then tires usually...

If its been registered in California before then hit up AAA if your a member...super easy

Really? News to me. What kind of inspection is that? Is it just for VIN number or do they do a more in-depth safety type inspection? Thanks.

OH jeezzz.... never mind. I missed the entire second line of you post. DOAH,
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Old 06-24-2013, 04:33 PM   #6
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Thanks for the info. Looks like I have nothing to worry about, we are moving back after two and a half years in Maryland trying to make money. Haha. All our vehicles were previously registered in CA so just the smog test will be easy. We are AAA members so it should be easy. If I actually have to go to a DMV my parents live in San Luis Obispo and there's never more than a 15 minute wait there.

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