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Old 02-28-2010, 02:11 PM   #1 (permalink)
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OMG iam so lucky!!!

I picked up a clk last night from virginia about 3 hours away from my home.. I bought it from a dealer and brought my caddy tags with me.. on the way home, I got pulled over by a maryland state trooper and he said sir where are your stickers on your plates.. i said oh shit i put the front on the back and back on the front. he said here take this screw driver and fix it.. Iam so lucky he didnt run my plates because it woula came up as a caddy deville...I woulda got arrested and car woulda got impounded 2 hours away from my house!!! I took a deep breath and drove off lol..just thought id bring that up
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Old 02-28-2010, 08:13 PM   #2 (permalink)
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If you bought it from a dealer, why did you not get temporary tags? They are used in Virginia.

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Old 02-28-2010, 09:23 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I was in a same situation a while back, ........
I fitted my private plate on the back, took of the front plate and then needed to go pick up my son at school forgetting I haven't fitted the front plate yet. I got pulled over with no front plate, the sticker (on windscreen in our country) with the cars original registration and the private plate at the back, I phoned the school and told them I'll be late, very late. Took a lot of explaining to get out of that one. Not without a fine though.
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Old 02-28-2010, 11:54 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Can I ask, what is a Tag?
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Old 03-01-2010, 03:40 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by djorgensen View Post
Can I ask, what is a Tag?
Another term or name we use in the US for License Plate.
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Old 03-01-2010, 03:41 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Can I ask, why would the car not come with plates?
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Old 03-01-2010, 06:55 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by djorgensen View Post
Can I ask, why would the car not come with plates?

In the US, a vehicle is purchased from the seller, then it is the responsibility of the buyer to register the vehicle with his/her local Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and secure a number plate for the vehicle after paying the requisite taxes and registration fees. In most states, the dealer will provide a temporary (paper) number plate which may be used for a period (usually 30 days) to allow time to secure the proper registration through DMV. In some cases, the seller (usually a dealer) will secure the number plates for the buyer, but this is a courtesy rather than a requirement. In the US a vehicle and its number plate are not wed forever. If a person sells a vehicle, they are usually required to remove the number plate once the sale is completed and the new owner must secure his or her own number plate.

Once a number plate is affixed to a vehicle, it must be renewed on a regular basis (usually yearly) by paying ongoing taxes and fees. There may also be a vehicle safety and emissions inspection required for renewal or required on a regular basis separate from number plate renewal. The OP was stopped because his rear number plate did not have the stickers indicating current payment of those renewal taxes and fees.

Insurance is required in all states at a certain minimum level and is a separate transaction from either purchase or registration with DMV.

If you are stopped by the police, you are generally required to produce a registration showing the ownership of the vehicle, proof of insurance for the vehicle (a separate document), and a driving license. You are not required to prove you (the driver) are the owner of the vehicle, but questions may arise if you aren't.

Some states require both front and rear number plates, some only rear plates. Many states allow the purchase of "vanity plates" which have numbers and letters that say something like "DRJFRMLA." Unlike the UK, these plates may not be sold to another person, but remain the property of DMV for use by the person who requested them.

This whole process varies from state to state. The US government is not involved in the motor vehicle registration process except to issue diplomatic number plates through the State Department (it would be your Foreign Secretary in the UK).

I hope that makes clear our process.
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Old 03-01-2010, 07:00 AM   #8 (permalink)
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1. I'm very surprised that the dealer allowed you to just get up and leave the dealership with bootleg tags. They must be liable in some sort of way.

2. You're doubly lucky....because if you were in an accident, you were driving an unregistered vehicle and an uninsured vehicle, meaning that if you totaled the car, you were shit out of luck. I also wonder, if god forbid, you had gotten into an accident, with an uninsured vehicle, what your health insurance company would have done. It seems that in today's environment, they (health insurance companies) are trying as best as they can to not pay on valid claims. Imagine how they would feel about paying big bills for someone who was arrested at the scene of the accident, for driving an unregistered, uninsured vehicle.

3. I'd suggest that everyone's recommendation here would be to chalk your experience to just dumb luck and never, never do it again. It's just too dangerous, for your record, your wallet, and your health.


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Old 03-01-2010, 08:55 AM   #9 (permalink)
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In the NW, it is possible to get a "Trip Permit" through the DMV which allows operation of an unlicensed vehicle for a few days at a nominal charge. Cost is in the $25-$30 range and a permit is good for 21 consecutive days in Oregon. Same type of permit is available in Washington State for a similar fee but only good for 3 consecutive days. In both cases, you would need to have insurance. Check with your insurance company for what is available & the cost, but the total $$ is still much cheaper than being cited for illegally operating a vehicle with plates from another.
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Old 03-01-2010, 11:52 AM   #10 (permalink)
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In Alabama you are allowed 30 days to secure a number plate, during which you must carry the bill of sale and transfer documents in the vehicle. My insurance carrier allows a 72 hour grace period to notify them of the VIN and the particulars on the car during which you are covered on the same terms as other cars you have insured by them. I don't know what the procedure is if you have to buy new insurance. There is no vehicle safety inspection or emissions inspection required. Those are probably the most lax motor vehicle registration laws in the nation.
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