Jan 30, 2010, 2:46 PM
Post #10 of 28
A lot of Americans get around the problem of expired plates from their home state by getting South Dakota registration and plates.
RVGringo on the Chapala forum explains how to do it thus;
"Please, DO NOT attempt to register in SD by using a website. You can only do it through Clay County; absolutely no other location or contact. The SD DMV may not be aware of this service that Clay County so kindly provides for us.
Here's how to do it:
1. The only reason to go to the website (state.sd.us/drr2/motorvehicle/forms.htm) is to get the application form and damage waiver form.
You may fill out the application online, then print the two forms.
2. Have your present title at hand and telephone the Clay County Treasurer's Office at 1-605-677-7123 and simply say that you would like to register your car.
They will ask for the details from your title, mileage on the vehicle and it's color, your U.S. address and Social Security number. Then, they'll give you the amount you need to pay.
3. Mail your check, the two forms and the original title (make a copy to keep) to the address below:
Clay County Treasurer
211 W. Main St.
Vermillion, SD 57069
In approximately two weeks, your new license plates will arrive at your MBE, Sol y Luna or Handy Mail box; sooner if they are delivered to an actual address in the USA; a relative or friend, who can then forward them to you. About a week later, you will receive the new SD title by separate mail.
If you follow those steps, exactly, you will have no problems. To vary the steps, or to ask for, or volunteer too much information, might cause problems.
Clay County will send an annual renewal form to the US address. Instead of following the instructions on the form, you must telephone Clay County and renew with a major US credit card; in spite of what the card says.