Jun 7, 2005, 8:31 PM
Post #5 of 6
Bubba, your info about the difficulty of registering a car in California is too damn tempting. I just HAVE to post this. The California DMV was bad when I lived there, it sounds like it has gone downhill from there.
Re: [Bubba] Insurance for "Tourist" Automobiles
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.This has to do with registering a car in The US while living in MEXICO, so it meets the forums guidelines :-)
One of the many, many pleasures of moving to Alaska was the unexpected efficiency of all state agencies up there. If you go in to the DMV up there to get a new drivers license, you will walk out with your new, permanent license. The same if you are registering a used car, you will walk out with your new title, registration, license stickers, and new license plates, if you are willing to pay five Bucks for them.
When we were making the move to MEXICO, we changed our Alaska address from Anchorage to our daughters house in Fairbanks. We went to the DMV office in Anchorage to change our address on our drivers licenses and car titles. We walked out 20 minutes later with two new drivers licenses, two new titles, and two new registrations for our cars, one of which was in MEXICO already. These were permanent licenses, titles, and registrations, not temporary certificates.
We had gotten ďOutside Use WaiversĒ for both of those cars, which exempts them from needing to have smog inspections every two years, if they are out of the state. Only two towns in Alaska require smog checks, Anchorage, and Fairbanks. Senior citizens in Alaska can register one car each for one Dollar per year too. We have two year registrations up there, so you will be hit with a whopping two Bucks to register your car every two years!! We used to send a limited power of attorney to our daughter up there, and she would do the registrations for us.
I quit doing that a couple of years ago, after all, two Bucks is Two Bucks!!
Auto insurance is mandatory in Alaska, but you are not required to show proof of insurance when registering a car. If you are involved in an accident, and you donít have insurance, your vehicle registration is canceled until you can show proof of insurance. You must show proof of insurance for several years after that when registering your car. I think itís for the next three years, but Iím not sure about it.
Itís no problem keeping a cars US registration current while you are living in MEXICO if you are an Alaska resident for DMV, voting, or tax purposes, and have family, or a friend up there that doesnít mind going to The DMV for you every two years.
I posted most of this info a few years ago, but under this new format, all of those old posts are now long gone.
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