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I just bought a 2017 Bolt from a dealer in Chino, CA. I live in Nevada but there were no used Bolts available here but they're all over the place in LA. The finance guy gave me the temporary tag and told me that it was good for three months. Then he said that the California DMV would be sending me my permanent plates in 2-3 weeks. I said, "Even though I live in Nevada?" He assured me that that's what would happen and it was all legal and when my California year was up, then I could register in Nevada. Is he right? I'm highly skeptical that the Nevada DMV would be cool with me living in Nevada and driving around with Cali plates for the next year. Anyone have insight into this situation? Not that I'm eager to pay the much higher Nevada registration fees but I also don't want to get a ticket here either. Thanks in advance.
 

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No idea, but I suggest you contact your Nevada tag office to make sure you dont get screwed.
based on my brief reading on their website, it appears you must register vehicle within 30 days in nevada.
There are all kinds of weird rules though, so that's why i say talk to someone at the DMV; they know the drill.

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You must register the vehicle at a DMV office before the expiration date of any movement permit issued or 30 days maximum. If you trade in a vehicle, you should keep your Nevada license plates. They must be transferred to a new vehicle or surrendered within 60 days. Make an appointment at our offices in Carson City, Las Vegas or Reno.

If the vehicle has never been registered or titled in Nevada, you must have a VIN inspection completed at the DMV. At larger offices, drive to the Inspection Station outside the main office first. You may also have a law enforcement officer complete the Vehicle Inspection Certificate (VP 015).

Use our Online Registration Fee Estimate. This is an estimate only. Total fees will be higher due to a $29.25 title fee, license plate fees and miscellaneous charges. DMV field offices accept cash, checks, money orders for the exact amount, Visa, MasterCard and Discover.

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A car salesman lied to you? Nooo. :)

Similar experience. I bought the Focus one evening and said my wife would be with me to sign the sales agreement and put her on the title, when I came in with my check the next morning - after I shuffled some money around.

"Oh we already registered it to you alone. But its real simple for you to sell it to you plus wife as subsequent owners, go see DMV, we can't help you with that". Ya right. Pay registration fees, maybe sales tax, a second time in a week.

Wife still grumbles that she's not on the title.
 

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I live in Arizona and 18 months ago leased my Bolt from a dealer in Ontario, CA. When I picked the car up I was charged a small fee for a vehicle moving permit or temporary operating permit (can't remember exactly). That enabled me to legally drive the car home so I could register it in Arizona. Tell your dealer that's what you want to do.
 

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Wife still grumbles that she's not on the title.
Maybe you've already looked into this, but it looks like the California DMV still lets you transfer between family members without paying registration or sales tax, just a $15 transfer fee. Unfortunately I think you have to go into the DMV office.
 

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looks like the California DMV still lets you transfer between family members without paying registration or sales tax, just a $15 transfer fee. Unfortunately I think you have to go into the DMV office.
That's good to know, thanks.

We keep reading about nightmare waits at DMV but that hasn't been my experience. The family members and friends I know about, were given appointments months in the future for Real ID. Then most of us got impatient and went in an hour after opening, and got processed in reasonable time because we had entered the Real ID requested data, while making the appointment. So it was in the system when we arrived, we just needed to show documents to prove our assertions and the clerk glanced at them and checked them off. Pretty harmless.

DMV's computer system is hopeless. (Lots of newspaper articles, and now finally, a new Director with IT experience). For one example there's no way to cancel those abandoned future appointments so the system is cluttered with meaningless no-shows like us. That's hardly an 'information system'. It doesn't give the public or their own staff, any meaningful information.

The driver license renewal multiple-choice test (I failed all the dollar amounts of fines, got everything else right) at a terminal was absurd. I assumed my terminal was dead when it wouldn't start for so long that one of the roving 'helper' clerks tried to help get it going, unsuccessfully. No, it was just that the 20 terminals in that room apparently fed to a badly outdated central computer for the room. A recent laptop or kids game computer could handle far more simultaneous multiple-choice users with instant response.

I hope that simple testing application isn't pointlessly cluttering up DMV's statewide network but I suspect it is. The local room clerk could send in only pass/fail, that's the whole point of the test, instead of each slow terminal hogging limited statewide network capacity. The new Director said DMV is the only place he ever heard of describing their network in Kb per second instead of modern MB/second. ie, an outdated network running at dial-up speed. Your tax dollars at work! :oops: :p
 

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My first and last encounter with the NHP was getting dragged out of a rented moving truck with a half dozen guns pointed at me, sitting on the ground for 5 hours.....THEN BEING LET GO SCOTT FREE, ON THE SPOT. And we were cooperative. I wouldn't risk getting pulled over by those thugs for any reason whatsoever, or in my case, no real reason at all. Your life could literally depend on it. All it takes is you reaching down to unbuckle your seat belt the wrong way.

Fix your plates, whatever the cost or inconvenience, immediately.
 
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