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Old 01-15-2010, 09:59 AM
 
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Hello all,
My car is up for registration this month, and like many out-of-staters, I have sticker shock at the amount I'll have to pony up to the DMV. I currently have California plates and was just sent a registration renewal notice from CA that is significantly less than what I would have to pay to Colorado. What prevents me (or anybody for that matter) from keeping the car registered in their former state? I realize that there is a 90-day "window" to register your car as a new resident, but how would any officer/DMV employee know that you have lived here longer?

Second question - and one that may have been addressed here before - is that the maximum fine for registering a CO vehicle late is $100. What prevents residents from just not registering their car and chancing that they are not pulled over? One of my coworkers said he didnt register his car for 2 years (!) and nothing happened.

Philosophically, I know that this is wrong. I just want to hear other people's experiences on the matter since this whole Colorado "use tax" seems a bit excessive.
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Old 01-15-2010, 10:24 AM
 
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Sticker shock? I just did both my vehicles and it was $160 out the door for both, combined... cheaper than Any other state I've registered them in (GA, AZ, WY), and that was with the title transfer fees included.

As for your questions, I can't answer them because I don't like breaking laws/being a criminal (yes, doing as you're insinuating is committing a crime, thus making you a criminal. Just as speeding makes one a criminal.)
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Old 01-15-2010, 10:38 AM
 
Location: Denver, Colorado U.S.A.
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I worked at the DMV years ago and really, there's no way for them to know exactly what date you moved to CO. I've moved between CO and CA twice now, and it was the same thing in CA, except I believe they only give you two weeks to get CA plates. I think I went in at a month after moving to CA, thinking that was a reasonable time, but got charged extra for it. I could have just lied on the application and said I'd moved to CA two weeks ago, rather than a month. And I haven't noticed any big difference between fees in CO and CA. They both seemed comparable to me.
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Old 01-15-2010, 12:20 PM
 
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I just switched my plates yesterday, months past the deadline and expected a fine since I got my CO driver's license right away. I put it off because I was afraid of how much it was going to be, turned out just over $100 for a 2005 car. The woman didn't mention a thing about being late (in fact the whole experience was about the best DMV experience ever). I think it's going to depend on what county and what person you get behind the counter or desk. I think you could probably get away with it for a long while as long as you kept a Cal license but is it worth it in the long run if you do get caught?
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Old 01-15-2010, 02:55 PM
 
Location: DEN-CO
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I paid a similar amount for a similar car in Larimer County, it was actually cheaper by about $50 what I would have to paid for renewal in utah. I did not have to get exhaust check though, that saved money this year, next year I will have to though.

I would pay it now, you are not using California roads, you are on COLORADO roads.




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I just switched my plates yesterday, months past the deadline and expected a fine since I got my CO driver's license right away. I put it off because I was afraid of how much it was going to be, turned out just over $100 for a 2005 car. The woman didn't mention a thing about being late (in fact the whole experience was about the best DMV experience ever). I think it's going to depend on what county and what person you get behind the counter or desk. I think you could probably get away with it for a long while as long as you kept a Cal license but is it worth it in the long run if you do get caught?
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Old 01-16-2010, 04:53 PM
 
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You should be telling that to the former Coloradoans driving around Northern Virginia with Colorado plates. I'm not saying it's right, but this is done all over, even by people from YOUR state.
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Old 01-16-2010, 06:54 PM
 
Location: Denver, Colorado U.S.A.
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You should be telling that to the former Coloradoans driving around Northern Virginia with Colorado plates. I'm not saying it's right, but this is done all over, even by people from YOUR state.
And isn't VA dirt cheap for car registration? Maybe they don't know! Or maybe they just like our beautiful plates
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Old 01-17-2010, 01:44 PM
 
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I haven't tried to get my Colorado plates yet. Well, I did get my CO license and tried to get my plates on that same day, but I have to get the emissions test first, and honestly I just haven't had time. So, I guess I am breaking the law as well.

Technically, no, they can't tell exactly how long you have been here. When we lived in SC my boyfriend lived there for 4 years with NY plates. Eventually, though, it will catch up with you.

People tend to not like to mind their own business so someone reported him to the DMV and they sent us a very nasty letter and he had to pay the 4 yrs of back taxes because we couldn't prove that he had NOT lived in SC for 4 years. The lease, date you signed up for utilities, etc..there's always a paper trail.

You might as well just suck it up now rather than driving around wondering when you'll get caught.
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Old 01-18-2010, 10:01 PM
 
Location: Golden, CO
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I'm moving from TX to CO. So my understanding is you get your license first, then emission test, then plates? I just renewed TX registration for Jan., and Feb is my inspection, so none of that carries over, right? I move to CO in March.
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Old 01-19-2010, 08:33 AM
 
Location: Colorado
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You have 90 days to get everything. I thought you had to get your driver's license prior to registering you vehicle, but you can register your vehichle without having a CO license (money is money, eh?) in hand.

Yes, your registration, emissions and inspection do not carry from TX to CO. It is actually emissions and VIN inspection for Co, not sure what "inspection" is for TX.
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