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Old 12-18-2017, 09:35 PM
Location: Halethorphe, MD
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I'm an Iowa resident currently on an extended vacation on the East Coast. I recently purchased a vehicle and am in a conundrum as to how to the legality of registering it. While I hold an Iowa DL I spend roughly half the year on the East Coast. I do not plan to bring the vehicle to Iowa; it will be used solely at my secondary residence. Is it a violation to purchase tags & plates upon my return to Iowa, or simply a grey area? I wish to remain in full compliance with ordinances.
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Old 12-19-2017, 10:44 AM
Location: Des Moines Metro
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I would phone or visit the Iowa DMV online:


I would also check the rules at your secondary residence. In some states, if you are working there over 30 days (as opposed to going to school), they want you to buy tags and plates. That may or may not be enforced, but it's something to be aware of.

If it were me, I would also look into the income tax rules. If you are claiming one state as a primary residence for tax purposes, then it stands to reason that your vehicle and DL should also be from that state, but I'm not an attorney or DMV employee.
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