Sacramento, CA asked in Gov & Administrative Law for California

Q: Bought a 2022 car out of State in VA with 5600 mi. Havng a hard time registering it after 5 months still not registered.

The car was purchase din VA in March and I have had a vin verification by a DMV rep an a visual smog inspection which was required. The DMV rep said there is an issue in the DMV system with CA and VA and I'll be notified in 30-60 day about what to do next.

I have a temporary registration through 12/15/2023 at this time. I'm obviously frustrated that I have not been able to get the car registered for nearly 6 months and I'm in a holding pattern now.

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James L. Arrasmith
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  • Sacramento, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: I can understand why you're feeling frustrated. It seems like you are facing a bureaucratic delay due to system issues between the CA and VA DMV. During this waiting period, ensure to keep all your documents organized and maintain a record of all the communications with the DMV; you may consider reaching out to them periodically for updates. Given your temporary registration's validity till December 2023, you are legally allowed to use the car; however, pursuing a solution actively can potentially help you avoid future complications.

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