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Old 06-26-2016, 05:20 PM   #1
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Registration and drivers license in different states

I wonder if anyone knows this for sure. Let's say your RV is licensed in Oregon and your drivers license is California. If the cops stop you in CA they will report you to the CA DMV to see if your RV should be licensed in CA. But if the cops stop you in a third state, will they also report you to the CA DMV
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The cops don't care, as long as it's taged somewhere.

The TAX man may, if that's why they don't match.

I just taged a truck in NY, with my Florida license as ID.
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Not so here in WA. We have too many OR tax cheats so they set up cars that do nothing but watch for OR vehicles, then check the registration records against utility bills and other records.
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Not so here in WA. We have too many OR tax cheats so they set up cars that do nothing but watch for OR vehicles, then check the registration records against utility bills and other records.
So the question is, if you have a WA drivers license and an RV licensed OR, but you are stopped by the cops in CA, would CA report you to the WA DMV?
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I expect if you have a really solid valid reason to have a drivers license in one state and a vehicle registered in another you will be questioned.

I expect if you are doing it to cheat the tax man you will be punished when caught.

I think it is getting easier for authorities to perform these checks as more and more agency computer systems are integrated.
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So the question is, if you have a WA drivers license and an RV licensed OR, but you are stopped by the cops in CA, would CA report you to the WA DMV?

Ya gonna tell us what all happened?
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So the question is, if you have a WA drivers license and an RV licensed OR, but you are stopped by the cops in CA, would CA report you to the WA DMV?
Almost zero chance. Too much bother and no reward.
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The reward is "we will tell you about ours if you tell us about yours". States already have these agreements for tickets. If I get a ticket out of state and do not pay, then when I try to renew my license in my home state, they make me pay the out of state ticket".
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Your Vehicles and license are supposed to be the same as your resident state. While each state has their own time line to get it done if you recently moved but it's only weeks... If you get stopped you will most likely be getting a ticket. Would not risk it.


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Your Vehicles and license are supposed to be the same as your resident state. While each state has their own time line to get it done if you recently moved but it's only weeks... If you get stopped you will most likely be getting a ticket. Would not risk it.


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I am not sure that is true. I have a relative who owns homes in 3 diff states. By law, he can only have one drivers license, but each home has a car that is kept there and is titled in that state. He is registered to vote in the state where he has a drivers license.

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Look at all the Snow Birds. Do they change their license every 6 months ?

What ticket would I get, driving my NY taged truck, with my FL license ?
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Look at all the Snow Birds. Do they change their license every 6 months ?

What ticket would I get, driving my NY taged truck, with my FL license ?
They wouldn't pull you over just to check, but if a FL cop pulled you over for something else or if you had an accident in FL, there could be a fine. Since you have a FL driver's license you must officially be a FL resident even though you spend a good part of the year in NY. FL wants all vehicles owned by a resident to be registered in the state (they want the revenue), and you have 10 days to do so after you become a FL resident.
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They wouldn't pull you over just to check, but if a FL cop pulled you over for something else or if you had an accident in FL, there could be a fine. Since you have a FL driver's license you must officially be a FL resident even though you spend a good part of the year in NY. FL wants all vehicles owned by a resident to be registered in the state (they want the revenue), and you have 10 days to do so after you become a FL resident.
In my situation, my truck will never see FL. I have it for use at my NY summer home.
I paid tax in NY when I tagged it.

Just found this, I better not stay in my summer home over 90 days, although I dont have " Intent ".

Definition of New York State Resident

Section 250 (5)*of the Vehicle and Traffic Law defines the term 'resident.' The law defines a resident as a person who lives in NYS with the intent to make NYS a "fixed and permanent" place to live. To live in a house, a home, an apartment, a room or other similar place in NYS for 90 days is considered "presumptive evidence" that you are a resident of NYS. A police officer can use this evidence as the reason to issue a traffic ticket if you drive in NYS without a driver license or vehicle registration issued by NYS.

A judge considers the law and the evidence of your intent and decides if you are a resident of NYS. For example, if you pay taxes or your children attend school in another state, a judge considers these facts to decide if your intent is to make NYS a "fixed and permanent" residence. The DMV will not decide if you are a resident of NYS, if you must get a NYS driver license, or if you must register your vehicle in NYS.
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In my situation, my truck will never see FL. I have it for use at my NY summer home.
I paid tax in NY when I tagged it.

Just found this, I better not stay in my summer home over 90 days, although I dont have " Intent ".

Definition of New York State Resident

Section 250 (5)*of the Vehicle and Traffic Law defines the term 'resident.' The law defines a resident as a person who lives in NYS with the intent to make NYS a "fixed and permanent" place to live. To live in a house, a home, an apartment, a room or other similar place in NYS for 90 days is considered "presumptive evidence" that you are a resident of NYS. A police officer can use this evidence as the reason to issue a traffic ticket if you drive in NYS without a driver license or vehicle registration issued by NYS.

A judge considers the law and the evidence of your intent and decides if you are a resident of NYS. For example, if you pay taxes or your children attend school in another state, a judge considers these facts to decide if your intent is to make NYS a "fixed and permanent" residence. The DMV will not decide if you are a resident of NYS, if you must get a NYS driver license, or if you must register your vehicle in NYS.
twinboat is correct. We see Florida plates all summer long here in Upstate NY. Many of my clients are summer NY residents to escape the Florida heat and I also have many clients that spend the entire winter in Florida with their NY registered vehicles. Many have cars that they have registered in Florida but they are legally NY residents and have NY driver's licenses.

The OP's question is more of a tax issue than a legal issue and I'm not aware of many law enforcement officers who are willing to try to enforce tax law.
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