Originally Posted by car54
I know a guy that kept his out-of-state tags for the entire 8 years he lived here. Never got caught.
There's so many military personnel around here who can legally maintain out-of-state tags, that the cops don't get too worked up about it. If they stopped every out-of-state car...there would be no time for anything else.
However if they stop you for something else, they'll probably ask how long you've been around here. You might want to practice your response so you'll be able to keep a straight face if/when that happens!
I think you can keep out of state tags, you just need to register the car with the county you are in for property tax purposes.
They may not check, until a neighbor reports you.
My wife and I had an issue once with the county. You are supposed to register if the car is parked in the county for more than 30 days, which we knew. My wife (at the time fiance'), brought with her a car that her parents owned. She received a notice from the police that she needed to register with the county. So, she went to the county building with the car's registration so that she could register it with the county. We went round and round with the lady behind the desk.
County: "This isn't in your name".
Wife: "I know, it is my parents' car, I am driving it. I received a notice that I need to register for a county sticker".
County: "But you can't because it isn't in your name. Your parents need to do it."
Wife: "But they aren't here. They are 7 hours away."
County: "What are you waiting for? Why don't you transfer the registration?"
Wife: "Because it isn't my car. It belongs to them. I can't just take it. I am only using it. They are in PA."
County: "How long has it been in the county?"
County: "Then it needs to have a county sticker."
Wife: "I know that's why I am here."
County: "But it isn't registered in your name."
This went on and is actually kind of funny in a stupid way. They wanted a sticker on it, but the person who was driving it couldn't do it because she didn't own it and the owners didn't live here. Eventually she got so flustered that she just registered it in my wife's name with the county. As long as they got their $, they didn't care in the end.