Post # 1
I Hope this is the right area for this question! I was wondering if any bees had ever bought a car from a person rather than a dealer. I’ve heard you have 30 days to re-register it in your name, as long as you have the bill of sale and the dated title, however, is this only if you stay in-state? In my state, plates don’t stay with the vehicle. I am going to be buying a car, then 2 weeks later moving to another state (PA-> VT, if it matters, and anyone has particular experience). Do I need to register my car fully, then re-register in the other state? Is it possible to get a temporary registration (hoping that saves me some money too!) just to get the car to my new state and then register it there as soon as I get there? I swear this stuff shouldn’t be so complicated!
Post # 3
Why can’t you just register your car in PA? Your plates will stay on your car when you move, and the car is indeed registered. When you go to renew registration, you can keep it in PA if you want or you could re-register it in VT, but I see no reason you have to register it in vermont just because you are moving there. Moving definitely doesn’t require you to re-register your car. You have to re-register it wherever you’re a resident (not wherever you’re living…wherever your driver’s license is from) when it expires, though.
Having bought all of our cars from private parties, every state has a different law about when you have to re-register. You cannot register a car in another state unless you are a resident of that state. You actually don’t have 30 days in every state, it depends on where you are, so you should look into that for PA. But I’d just register it in PA. I think there may be problems trying to register it in VT if you have a PA driver’s license.
Post # 4
@mirabell35: You cannot drive a car legally in some states without registering it there (ie California–you must (legally) register your car within 2 weeks of moving there. This doesn’t always actually happen though, but you can get fined if you don’t).
OP, I’m not familiar with the laws of either PA or CT, but I would recommend checking online (the DOT or DMV should have info) or even going to the courthouse or wherever you register vehicles and asking someone. Depending on the laws in both states, you may be able to have temporary plates.
Post # 5
@BlondeMissMolly: Thanks everyone. It’s been so hard to find information on the DMV site! To clarify, I am moving to VT and becoming a resident there, I plan to be there for years, and I believe I have 60 days upon moving there to establish residency (i.e. get my drivers license in VT). And of course, I don’t want to keep it registered in PA so I Don’t have to drive 500 miles just to get my car re-inspected 🙂 Thanks everyone!
Post # 6
@love108: Yeah I looked around online and couldn’t find anything that applied really so I think your best bet is to talk to someone at the DMV in both states. They might have some kind of temporary registration. Or, you may be able to just not register it in PA and wait to drive it until you move.