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Old 01-31-2016, 11:02 AM   #21
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We are picking up our 21 end of February and are holding our breathe thinking about DMV. We registered our, now re-homed, Casita in Woodland, Ca., home base and it took 6 trips before they could figure out how to register a trailer from Texas! California requires an inspection by our local police for VIN number, that was easy and pleasant and then DMV first issued us a PTR, then called us back, for mistake, then charged us an incorrect registration amount, called us back,and it just got worse from there. Maybe we will need to call around to California DMVs till we find one that is familiar with out of country registration.
California is a beautiful state, but this among many other issues is why I left the state for retirement. I don't understand why everything needs to be so difficult and expensive!
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Old 01-31-2016, 11:06 AM   #22
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We took SantaCruzer's advice too and stopped in Alturas on our way back. Although it was a nice & small DMV we felt lucky that a Supervisor from the Redding office was subbing for a few days as she definitely knew what was needed. She did inspect the VIN and measure the trailer.

Also, I believe that you have ten days to register after entering CA- not from trailer pickup. It was almost three weeks when we registered and there was no mention of being late. There was a minor glitch in that the import document was a copy, and I was on the phone to ETI while at the counter, however the DMV clerk said it would probably be ok and it was.
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Old 01-31-2016, 11:47 AM   #23
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Unbelievable story Wldwalker! Yep. I always feel nervous when I deal with the DMV. It can go so easily you can't believe it. OR, it can turn out like you describe. You'd think you were committing a crime to bring a trailer from out of state! Right now I'm thinking I won't bother with the permit and will register in Crescent City, as soon as we enter CA. I am very interested in your experience. Give us... the rest of the story when you return!
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Old 01-31-2016, 12:37 PM   #24
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Registering in California

We left California to get our trailer with no temporary permit . Canadians staying at the Lynden KOA thought that was crazy. Traveled 1000 plus miles home with no problems. ( when traveling much slower than traffic many law enforcement will pass you) Went to my local Petaluma DMV a week after our return. Made an appointment with DMV and brought all the provided Escape documents. They even had a nice parking spot for me . All went completly smooth .Got my plates soon after.
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Old 01-31-2016, 03:58 PM   #25
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I can't imagine why one would have to have the police check the VIN...I went to the Carmichael, CA DMV and basically sailed through.
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Old 01-31-2016, 04:57 PM   #26
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I was nervous about towing a trailer with no plate 2,300 miles across the country but we never had a problem or were questioned by anyone. Just be sure to have all of your paperwork with you. My biggest concern was going through some small town where the highway is the main source of income. Loren
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Old 01-31-2016, 06:03 PM   #27
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I bought the temp permit too, which was good for three days, and only in Washington State. Taped it to the Escape's rear tinted window, hard to really see, and towed my new trailer home to N.J. 3,000 miles with no plate. Even went camping a few weekends once home still with no plate, while I waited for my plate. Have all your paperwork neat and in order.
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Old 01-31-2016, 06:25 PM   #28
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CA registration as of the fall of 2015:
Required: Form "REG 31 - Verification of Vehicle" is required. It is to be filled out by "an authorized DMV representative, CA licensed vehicle verifier, authorized auto club employee, or peace officer who has been properly trained to perform vehicle verifications while PHYSICALLY inspecting complete and assembled vehicles."
The quote, including bold and caps., was from the top of the form.
There are sections on the form for mfr., model, length, width, and VIN.

Then, you fill out "REG 343 - Application for Title or Registration."

So, it's those two forms, one of which you can fill out.
Other than that, different offices have personnel with a variety of comfort levels at being responsible for what they, themselves, approve.
It is best to take all of your documents, and be as helpful and polite as possible.

CA gives you 20 days from the date the trailer first entered CA to register. We camped for 2½ weeks in WA and OR before returning to CA. We had no permit, just all of our documents from ETI and the U.S. DHS "Entry Summary", that was stamped "RELEASED". It had the date, description of the mfr., the trailer, the VIN, and our names as ultimate consignee.

CA DMV website has an on-line fees calculator. I did it beforehand, and it was, to the penny, what they charged me.

You'll do fine; just allow lots of time.
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Old 01-31-2016, 08:02 PM   #29
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Thanks Don, and all who have contributed to this thread. We don't pick up until April, but my plan has always been to enjoy our return trip to CA. We have never been to the
Olympic Peninsula or the Oregon Coast, and look forward to the Spring NOG. We will carry all our ID, including passports and all ETI documentation. Within 18-19 days, we will be back in CA, make an appt. at the Eureka DMV and be as polite and patient as humanly possible. Just as Don says, "I think we'll do fine".
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Old 01-31-2016, 08:11 PM   #30
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Thanks Don, and all who have contributed to this thread. We don't pick up until April, but my plan has always been to enjoy our return trip to CA. We have never been to the
Olympic Peninsula or the Oregon Coast, and look forward to the Spring NOG. We will carry all our ID, including passports and all ETI documentation. Within 18-19 days, we will be back in CA, make an appt. at the Eureka DMV and be as polite and patient as humanly possible. Just as Don says, "I think we'll do fine".
You will be . Never thought to not come back to California before the pick up in Sumas . Just worried about the 20 days or I would have done the same . Pat
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