Jun 17, 2011, 5:47 PM
Post #5 of 18
Gringal, you are perpetuating a myth that ONLY Clay County offers this service. Someone at Lakeside years ago (2006?) started this rumor when they reported that one can get SD plates even it you don't live in SD. They claimed that only Clay County was offering this service and NOT to call the State and mess it up. Well, it wasn't so then (that only Clay County was doing this kinda under the table) and it isn't so now, but no matter how many times this myth is refuted, it still comes back up like a bad penny.
RV'ers for years have registered their rigs in SD because: SD offers it, requires no residency and requires no safety or emission tests. AND, they are cheaper than most other states! I am looking right now at an RV publication wherein there are at least three "entities" offering services including mail-forwarding, vehicle registration, voter registration and, yes, even SD driver's licenses..... all to anyone who is NOT a resident of SD. Yes, even voter registration and driver's license (for these, you do have to show up in the state but only for one day in a motel or RV Park!) These entities are all from counties other than Clay County. Clay County nor the others are not running some kind of scam. I have SD plates on my RV and truck and I live in Colorado. The State application for title/registration even has a place where one checks that they are from "Out of State", so no one is pulling the wool over anyone's eyes. I will say that in the last few years there has been an outcry from authorities in states neighboring SD (Nebraska for one) because many of their citizens are buying their plates in SD where the fees are much lower. There was some legislative discussions (SD) but nothing was done to change the law. They do now require one to submit identification with the title application... Social Security card is what they wanted from me.
I have a friend in Ajijic who renewed his SD plates a couple of months ago. No problem. Now maybe something has changed or is going to change as to the fees... I don't know. Mine are due in a couple of months so I will call Monday and see if anything has changed or is going to change. I'll report back.
Here is one of the 'entities' I referred to..... http://yourbestaddress.com/ but the Clay County folks are so easy to work with one hardly needs any assistance from anyone to get vehicle registration.
(This post was edited by RickS on Jun 17, 2011, 6:01 PM)