Sep 5, 2003, 9:08 PM
Post #6 of 8
driving down (from Sacramento)....Say 3-4 years I decide (for some reason I can't think of) that I want to move back to the States, say Texas for example. What would one do WRT the car registration at that point?
Since it sounds like the vehicle is currently registered in the State of California, have you investigated placing the vehicle registration into Non-Operational Status?
With regards to Non Operational Status, the California Department of Motor Vehicles writes:
California law requires vehicles to be currently registered if they are driven, towed, stored, parked on public roads or highways or parked in an off-street public parking facility at any time during the registration period.
Non-operational means that the vehicle will not be driven, towed, stored, or parked on public roads or highways for the entire registration year.
I'm not guaranteeing that this will work, but an interesting arguement could be made that while in Mexico, the vehicle won't be "driven, towed, stored, parked on public roads or highways or parked in an off-street public parking facility" anywhere where the State of California has jurisdiction. To make this work you'd need to file the DMV's Certificate of Planned Non-operation after you departed from California, and reactivate your registration before you drove the car back into California.
Statutory authority for non-operational vehicle status is supposed to come from Revenue and Taxation Code §§10855 and 10856, and Vehicle Code §§4452, 4604, 4604.5, 5105, 5106, 9269, 9553, 9554, 9706, 9710, 9862, 38121, and 38246. Please post the findings of your research so that others can benefit.
With regards to moving to Texas you might also want to investigate the concept of "informed consent"......