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1 21st May 20:22
steve reinis
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Default Legally drive a newly purchased vehicle without plates?


I want to buy a used car from a private party that is located in another
state. The owner has the title and old registration, but the car will not
have plates on it or be registered when I drive it back to my home state.

Can I legally drive the car home if I have a bill of sale and title transfer
slip signed over to me? I really don't want to register the car in
Virginia, then reregister it in Texas due to cost and time involved.

I've google and found that I *should* be okay barring any accidents, which
could make things tricky. If I get pulled over, explain to the officer the
situation and show him the bill of sale, etc.

Anyone know for sure? It's really a great deal and I hate to pass it up
because I don't have the ability to tow or trailer the vehicle home.

Thanks,
-Steve
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2 21st May 20:22
jim
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there is no law that allows you to drive a car without plates or without
being registered... matter of fact you have a few days to register the
car when you get home, but that does not let you drive it at all.....
and taking a chance... well you can go out and steal a car and when the
officer stops you and you have a story it might work or not??/ but that
is taking a chance.. there are auto transport companies that will put
your car on a trailer and move it from one place to another.. call them
up in the yellow pages.... just remember that the pieces of paper with
the "Title or License Applied for" in the rear window is not worth the
paper they are printed on... if the police feels sorry for you and gives
you a break then you are OK, if not then you will have to pay the
fine... use a transfer company for your car and save the grief... or
take a chance and either make it or pay the fines.. its that simple....
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3 21st May 20:22
derrick dman hudson
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Not in New York, at least. New York's web site says that you can get
a 30-day temporary "transit" registration in order to move a vehicle
that isn't registered. However, they also say that Massachusets, for
one, doesn't recognize that in-transit registration.

Check with your (Texas) DMV and the DMVs of all the states in-between.
Texas may have a similar provision for you, and maybe you can plan a
route that only involves states that will recognize the temp.
registration.

I certainly understand your reluctance to waste money (and time) on
excess registration.

Hmm, another option -may- be to just keep the Virginia registration
until it expires and then register in Texas (again, check with
relevant DMVs for regulations on this) and at least then you wouldn't
be paying two registration fees one right after the other on it.

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4 21st May 20:22
mikehunt2
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No you can not. For situations like yours, you need to purchase
a transit tag, every state offers them. You will need to show
proof of insurance in most states..

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5 21st May 20:22
steve reinis
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A temporary "Transit tag" is the ticket! Keying that into Google got
results. Thanks!

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6 21st May 20:22
steve reinis
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Okay, I have insurance and checked with them...They said I'm covered in any
vehicle I drive.

A temporary "Transit tag" is the ticket! Keying that into Google got
results. Thanks!
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7 21st May 20:23
c. e. white
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Why not call the Texas DMV and ask them the question?

http://www.dot.state.tx.us/mcd/onestop/frequent.htm#Temporary
Registration

See http://www.dot.state.tx.us/mcd/onestop/tvehreg.htm

Ed
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8 21st May 20:23
steve reinis
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Searching for "Temporary tag" or the like didn't even come to mind until
later on. I've since found that one can purchase a temporary tag for a
small fee.

I called TDOT, but they were already closed for the evening.

But again, thanks to the newsgroup and Google, I did find what I needed to
know.

Thanks,
-Steve
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9 21st May 20:23
im right
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Trailer = 100% legal
Temporary Tags + 100% legal
No tags, could be sleeping in jail.


: I want to buy a used car from a private party that is located in another
: state. The owner has the title and old registration, but the car will not
: have plates on it or be registered when I drive it back to my home state.
:
: Can I legally drive the car home if I have a bill of sale and title
transfer
: slip signed over to me? I really don't want to register the car in
: Virginia, then reregister it in Texas due to cost and time involved.
:
: I've google and found that I *should* be okay barring any accidents, which
: could make things tricky. If I get pulled over, explain to the officer
the
: situation and show him the bill of sale, etc.
:
: Anyone know for sure? It's really a great deal and I hate to pass it up
: because I don't have the ability to tow or trailer the vehicle home.
:
: Thanks,
: -Steve
:
:
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10 22nd May 02:14
bk24
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Insurance is a must as well.
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