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Old 08-08-2015, 02:09 PM   #1
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Register and Insurance in SD

I'm looking at buying a new to me RV but it will not pass Smog in California (where I live) for several different reason( I've already spoken to DMV, CARB inspectors etc)

I'm researching the idea of registering her in South Dakota and that appears straight forward but I was wondering have any of you folks done that and what has the experience been like? It appears easiest to go through an agency/broker and set up a mail box. I'm confused as to how insurance on the rv would work as my other vehicles are all registered and insured in CA and we are resident here

Appreciate any insight you may be able to give

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Old 08-08-2015, 02:17 PM   #2
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If you register it in SD it should be garaged there. If you garage it in CA you will open to someone turning you in and a pretty heavy fine.
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Old 08-08-2015, 02:28 PM   #3
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If you live in CA than you can't legally register it anywhere else.
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Old 08-08-2015, 02:32 PM   #4
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Probably best to just get it fixed so it will pass your CA state emissions
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You're a resident of California. You need to register it there.

Registering in other states is good for full-time RVers who do not have another home base. All they have is a mail forwarding address which is used for registrations, voting, licenses, insurance, etc.
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^^ THIS X2 ^^ not to mention it could be considered tax evasion by the state of CA .......
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I'm looking at buying a new to me RV but it will not pass Smog in California (where I live) for several different reason( I've already spoken to DMV, CARB inspectors etc)

I'm researching the idea of registering her in South Dakota and that appears straight forward but I was wondering have any of you folks done that and what has the experience been like? It appears easiest to go through an agency/broker and set up a mail box. I'm confused as to how insurance on the rv would work as my other vehicles are all registered and insured in CA and we are resident here

Appreciate any insight you may be able to give

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I don't think you can legally register a vehicle except in the state where you live! JMHO

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Old 08-08-2015, 07:44 PM   #8
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Thanks everybody. It's a custom built unit and California has no imagination :( Looks I'm gonna relocate to SD lol Kidding(I think!). There's gotta be a legal way
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You can establish your domencile in SD. (This is were you claim to live). Then you get a SD address, drivers licence, plates and insurance in SD. There are several companies that help you out with all this. They will forward your mail to any address you choose as you move around. They will also acquire your plates and such each year and send them to you. The only drawback is you have to go there to set this all up.
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Old 08-08-2015, 09:55 PM   #10
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If you are still working in CA, then don't even try it
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Yes you can do the SD thing. But I think the deal is you have to be physically out of CA for more than six months of every year. And be able to prove it via out of state receipts, etc.
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Just a side note. In many states you can register a vehicle if it is garaged there even if you live somewhere else.

We owned a 3000 tree peach orchard in CO (Inherited it) while our domicile was SD and we were full timers. We had two vehicles that stayed there all the time and both were registered in our names in CO.

After we sold the orchard and bought a house that we stayed in for a couple of months in the spring and fall and were still domiciled in SD we had a utility trailer garaged in and registered in CO.

I used to see many cars registered in FL that belonged to snowbirds that owned homes in NH and spent summers there. NH might not have liked it but FL didn't mind.
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What you want to do was done for many years without issue, but NOT any more. If you do a search, you'll find many people in Oregon who paid huge fines for illegally registering their vehicles. The states are looking for both new revenue and lost revenue. The registration thing falls under lost revenue.

Basically, California says that if you garage it in California, you must register it in California.
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There's been a number of threads mentioning how aggressive California has been in pursuing those that attempt to avoid their taxes and fees - it gets very messy and expensive. Perhaps if you NEVER take the coach into California...
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