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Old 01-28-2016, 03:33 PM   #1
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Getting licensed in California

Hello fellow Golden State friends!

We pick up our 21 at the end of March and are planning about a week to come back along the coast.

I have read various things about licensing and come to the following strategy. Please let me know if I am off-base.

1. I go to my local DMV and get a temporary permit for around $20.

2. I go to Canada and drive the trailer back here.

3. I take the trailer back to the DMV, get an inspection, pay 8.4% or so, and get my plates in 30 to 60 days.

Sound about right?
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Old 01-28-2016, 03:47 PM   #2
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At least you can get a temporary permit in CA, In CO, they require a visual check of the VIN number by the county you live in, before you can get any kind of permit. Read the threads on woe of registration, and you will see what you have is a piece of cake!
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Old 01-28-2016, 03:54 PM   #3
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At least you can get a temporary permit in CA, In CO, they require a visual check of the VIN number by the county you live in, before you can get any kind of permit. Read the threads on woe of registration, and you will see what you have is a piece of cake!
Nevada has the same inspection requirements prior to licensing, but they will give you a 30 day move permit for $1.00.
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Old 01-28-2016, 04:48 PM   #4
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Hello fellow Golden State friends!

We pick up our 21 at the end of March and are planning about a week to come back along the coast.

I have read various things about licensing and come to the following strategy. Please let me know if I am off-base.

1. I go to my local DMV and get a temporary permit for around $20.

2. I go to Canada and drive the trailer back here.

3. I take the trailer back to the DMV, get an inspection, pay 8.4% or so, and get my plates in 30 to 60 days.

Sound about right?
We live in California and we couldn't get a permit . Told we have 20 days to register and they needed to see the trailer and check vin number . Called highway patrol and we were told just have all your papers in case and even with no license you will be fine . Many highway patrol and police passed us going home and never stopped us. Didn't come home right away stayed at daughters on Whidbey Island for 5 days then took 4 days to get home and that was the easy part . Will not get into DMV again . Someone suggested to go to small town DMV when you get in California and get trailer registered . I would do that if I was picking up again . Pat
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Old 01-28-2016, 05:50 PM   #5
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Thanks, Pat. I won't bother with a permit then. (Since there is no such thing!) I was liking the looks of the Crescent City DMV. I may just stop there on the way home to avoid the big Bay Area DMV's. I appreciate the help!
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That looks good to me ! Pat
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Thanks, Pat. I won't bother with a permit then. (Since there is no such thing!) I was liking the looks of the Crescent City DMV. I may just stop there on the way home to avoid the big Bay Area DMV's. I appreciate the help!
I got a one-trip permit at my CA DMV which they told me was available for just what I wanted to do. It is available, you have to ask for a one trip permit.
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Hello fellow Golden State friends!

We pick up our 21 at the end of March and are planning about a week to come back along the coast.

I have read various things about licensing and come to the following strategy. Please let me know if I am off-base.

1. I go to my local DMV and get a temporary permit for around $20.

2. I go to Canada and drive the trailer back here.

3. I take the trailer back to the DMV, get an inspection, pay 8.4% or so, and get my plates in 30 to 60 days.

Sound about right?
Yes, this is exactly what I did. The temporary permit is the "one trip permit." When you go back to the DMV, depending on the experience of the agent, they may not be sure how to do it or may say they cannot do it with the paperwork supplied by Escape. But it is sufficient. I had to be firm that they had what they needed and just needed to understand how to code it in their system.
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I got a one-trip permit at my CA DMV which they told me was available for just what I wanted to do. It is available, you have to ask for a one trip permit.
no permit for us .we did ask . You were lucky . Pat
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