I want to buy a used car from a private party that is located in another
state. The owner has the title and old registration, but the car will not
have plates on it or be registered when I drive it back to my home state.
Can I legally drive the car home if I have a bill of sale and title transfer
slip signed over to me? I really don't want to register the car in
Virginia, then reregister it in Texas due to cost and time involved.
I've google and found that I *should* be okay barring any accidents, which
could make things tricky. If I get pulled over, explain to the officer the
situation and show him the bill of sale, etc.
Anyone know for sure? It's really a great deal and I hate to pass it up
because I don't have the ability to tow or trailer the vehicle home.
there is no law that allows you to drive a car without plates or without
being registered... matter of fact you have a few days to register the
car when you get home, but that does not let you drive it at all.....
and taking a chance... well you can go out and steal a car and when the
officer stops you and you have a story it might work or not??/ but that
is taking a chance.. there are auto transport companies that will put
your car on a trailer and move it from one place to another.. call them
up in the yellow pages.... just remember that the pieces of paper with
the "Title or License Applied for" in the rear window is not worth the
paper they are printed on... if the police feels sorry for you and gives
you a break then you are OK, if not then you will have to pay the
fine... use a transfer company for your car and save the grief... or
take a chance and either make it or pay the fines.. its that simple....
On Tue, 25 Nov 2003 16:58:04 -0600, Steve Reinis wrote:
Not in New York, at least. New York's web site says that you can get
a 30-day temporary "transit" registration in order to move a vehicle
that isn't registered. However, they also say that Massachusets, for
one, doesn't recognize that in-transit registration.
Check with your (Texas) DMV and the DMVs of all the states in-between.
Texas may have a similar provision for you, and maybe you can plan a
route that only involves states that will recognize the temp.
I certainly understand your reluctance to waste money (and time) on
Hmm, another option -may- be to just keep the Virginia registration
until it expires and then register in Texas (again, check with
relevant DMVs for regulations on this) and at least then you wouldn't
be paying two registration fees one right after the other on it.
One OS to rule them all, one OS to find them,
One OS to bring them all and in the darkness bind them,
Why not call the Texas DMV and ask them the question?
Steve Reinis wrote:
Searching for "Temporary tag" or the like didn't even come to mind until
later on. I've since found that one can purchase a temporary tag for a
I called TDOT, but they were already closed for the evening.
But again, thanks to the newsgroup and Google, I did find what I needed to
Trailer = 100% legal
Temporary Tags + 100% legal
No tags, could be sleeping in jail.
: I want to buy a used car from a private party that is located in another
: state. The owner has the title and old registration, but the car will not
: have plates on it or be registered when I drive it back to my home state.
: Can I legally drive the car home if I have a bill of sale and title
: slip signed over to me? I really don't want to register the car in
: Virginia, then reregister it in Texas due to cost and time involved.
: I've google and found that I *should* be okay barring any accidents, which
: could make things tricky. If I get pulled over, explain to the officer
: situation and show him the bill of sale, etc.
: Anyone know for sure? It's really a great deal and I hate to pass it up
: because I don't have the ability to tow or trailer the vehicle home.
He said he didn't have the ability to tow the vehicle, but this does
make the best sense. Since, how is he even getting to the car, in VA,
in the first place. Might as well rent a uHaul out there, and reserve
a car dolly at where he's picking the car up.
Delaware has a temporary transportation tag that supposes will allow
the purchaser to drive the vehicle home but:
The start of the time is when you get the tag and the end is (as I
recall) five days. Police like to check out of state vehicles and my
son got as far as Arkansas on his way to Arizona when he was pulled
over, fined for no 'acceptable' tag and left to go on his lawbreaking
way. This was a town cop and court though, but just another example
of government extortion.
The transit tag, issue by the state of Delaware, expires at 12:00
PM on the thirtieth day from date of issue. ALL states issue
transit tags for a period of at least thirty days, some are
issued for longer periods.
"Oliver B. Lafferty" wrote:
You are referring to an in state registration, not a transit
tag. If you will take the time to do a little research you will
find Massachusetts does indeed issue a transit tag, good for
Phil Smith wrote:
Well, no they don't. See
to discover that section 2 of Chapter 90 of the Massachusetts General
Laws does not allow the issuance of temporary registrations. Regardless
of whether the replacement vehicle was purchased in-state or
out-of-state, you get 7 days to transfer the existing registration to
the replacement vehicle. Same plate, different wheels. You even have to
see your insurance agent first to make sure the replacement vehicle is
insured before a registration document can be prepared. On a non-dealer
sale, the insurance agent actually prepares the registration
application. How it works is explained in more detail at
This is talking about the plates, not the car.
If I buy a car from you, YOU have seven days to tell the state that you no
longer own the car.
Has nothing to do with me or the car. I assume that I have seven days to
tell the state that I bought the car, but it doesn't say that above. Getting
a 30 day ticket would easily fulfil the requirement, if there is one.
This may not be helpful to you, but in Michigan you can buy a car from a
private party and drive it home unregistered (plateless) as long as you have
the title, signed by the seller, and proof of insurance. You can check the
law for any states you plan to drive through at their websites.
"La Longue Carabine"
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