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Old 07-13-2011, 03:09 PM   #1
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Do I need Temp Michigan Registration

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Next week, I am flying to Michigan to purchase a sweet 04 Orient Blue ZHP and plan on driving it back to New York. I will have New York No fault insurance for the new car and will be transferring my plates from my just sold 03 e46. The Michigan owner will give me the signed title and sat of his lien. The question is do I need to purchase some sort of temp Michigan registration to transport the car to new york where it will be propery registered in New York immediately?
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Old 07-13-2011, 03:37 PM   #2
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You shouldn't have too. As long as you are not a resident of the state you are in you don't need to register it.
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Old 07-13-2011, 04:19 PM   #3
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After talking to three different people at Michigan's "DMV," the answer is that you go to a Secretary of State branch (Michigan's DMV) and request an Intransit Plate. Cost is $7 and it is valid for two weeks. You need to present Bill of Sale. Title and Proof of Insurance.
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Old 07-13-2011, 04:47 PM   #4
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I would take my chances and pocket the $7.
Put your NY plates on and head for the border.
Keep it below 80 and you shouldn't have any problems. (Keep it below 75 in Ohio though)
Yes, I use to live in Michigan, so I'm familiar with the State Patrol methods.
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Old 07-13-2011, 05:46 PM   #5
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Yeah I'm with Ruf, it's just a way the state makes a little free cash.
Take your chances and take that baby home...
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Old 07-13-2011, 06:42 PM   #6
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Yea, but what if I get pulled over for some dumb reason
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Old 07-13-2011, 06:59 PM   #7
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Well you have your proof of purchase?
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Old 07-13-2011, 07:39 PM   #8
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If u have proof of purchase, insurance from ur old car, and valid driver license, u shouldn't have any problem

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Old 07-13-2011, 08:11 PM   #9
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Sorry sir. I bought the car yesterday and am driving it home, where it will be registered in my state. Here is the bill of sale and the title.

You should not have any trouble. First off, don't attract the bugs to the light. That's the first hurdle. If you can manage that, you don't have to say anything to anybody about the car. Well, if Ohians are not allowed to leave the state, then you might need papers. But if they are allowed to travel freely like the rest of us, then you shouldn't need anything. I'd be reluctant to pay for tags to drive a car home. The state already got it's fees for the year from the previous owner. You are not getting plates from the same state, and the car is not remaining in that state. They got their dime already.

Drive the car home and buy plates when you get to NY. That's what I would do.
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Old 07-13-2011, 09:47 PM   #10
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Bring your plates to MI, and when you get to the DMW to transfer the title from the PO to you, ask if you can put on your old plates, or if you NEED to get the temp tags. If they say you need them, then miss out on a trip to McDonalds and pay the $7. I could understand breaking the law if it was a sizeable amount, but $7?!?!?! How cheap are some of you guys?!?!?!!?
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Old 07-13-2011, 10:01 PM   #11
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Bring your plates to MI, and when you get to the DMW to transfer the title from the PO to you, ask if you can put on your old plates, or if you NEED to get the temp tags. If they say you need them, then miss out on a trip to McDonalds and pay the $7. I could understand breaking the law if it was a sizeable amount, but $7?!?!?! How cheap are some of you guys?!?!?!!?
If he's from NY and buying in MI, he won't be going to the MI DMV (actually in MI it's handled by the Secretary of State) to transfer the title...he'd do that in his home state. He knows the legal way...it costs $7. I would probably just bolt on the NY plate I planned to transfer and take the risk but that is a personal choice.

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Yea, but what if I get pulled over for some dumb reason
Then you will most likely at that point wish you had bought the $7 tag.

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