Dec 28, 2009, 11:45 AM
Post #29 of 48
Yes, some US states have lax laws that make it easier to register cars from afar. My home state of Alaska does not have a statewide requirement for smog inspections because there is no statewide system of interconnected highways and it would be impossible to get a smog inspection in some of the small villages where the few cars and other licensed vehicles must be brought in by air or ship, usually in pieces. Only two cities up there require smog tests, Anchorage and Fairbanks. Insurance is required, but must not be proved when registering a vehicle.
Re-registering a vehicle and having a smog inspection up there is only required every two years and since many older Alaskans leave the state in the winter, outside waivers are granted in the two cities that do require smog tests. That exempts a vehicle from local smog inspections, although it is suggested, but not required, that a smog inspection be done in the jurisdiction where the car is located, and a copy of it be sent to the Alaska DMV.
I did renew the Alaska registration on one of our cars down here once. I was able to download and print all the necessary forms including a limited power of attorney and send them to our daughter in Fairbanks, she then did the renewal for us. I quit doing that, it was an exercise in futility, and it seemed that many Mexicans wanted to steal an Alaska license plate as a souvenir.
I did do a lot of research before I started using our daughters address in Fairbanks as our US residence address. The US federal government says it is perfectly legitimate to use an address in The US where a person does not live as a residence address as long as it is not done for purposes of fraud, and no fraud is attempted.
We finally nationalized both of our cars, we replaced one of them and both of the cars we have now are Mexican plated. It is less hassle and cheaper to have Mexican plated cars here. People that haven't done it spread the myths that insurance is higher here and they usually don't understand the extra tax on a newer car when renewing the tenencia every year.
The tenencia is the annual registration. There is an extra tax on a new car when getting the tenencia for the first ten years. There is no extra tax on our oldest car, and my wifes' Newer van is only subject to that tax for another seven years and it is prorated. If you can afford a new, or newer car, the extra tax is something you must factor in to the total cost.
Since I know nothing about the laws of South Dakota I would not assume that the officials in Clay county are violating any of the laws there. Maybe they are, but it would take a thorough examination of the statutes there to be sure.
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