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Old 01-30-2012, 12:42 PM
 
Location: Placentia, Orange County, CA
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We moved to OC from Chicago a couple weeks ago. My Illinois plates expired 12/31/11 so I decided I'd better high tail it to the DMV and get it registered. The registration process is a bit odd as they consider all pick up trucks as commercial vehicles. Not only do you have to have a mandatory inspection (I guess because the vehicle's from out of state), smog certification (which I find annoying since my truck is a 2011 and I don't even have 6K miles on it) and it has to be weighed at a public scale!

I checked around on the web and I'm not the only one flummoxed by the weigh in. It's a Toyota Tacoma regular cab pick up. The DMV did give me a list of places that are certified to weigh it and I called a few to see what they charged. The prices went from as little as $7.00 all the way past $50 (!). Lucky for me there is a public scale about 3 blocks from where I live in North OC and it only cost $10. I was in and out in under 2 minutes. Direct message me if you want to know the name and phone number; I don't want to get slapped for advertising as this is just a recommendation.

And yes, doubters, it is indeed cheaper to register my Tacoma in California than it was in Chicago, Illinois.
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Old 01-30-2012, 12:47 PM
 
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it's an out of state vehical then as long as it meets upto the fedral smog requirements then your fine they CAN NOT make you smog it to commieforinas smog standards. the rest im unsure of be safe
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Old 01-30-2012, 04:27 PM
 
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Actually then can. Ca standards. Are higher than federal ones. Ever hear of state's rights?


Have never heard of the every truck being commercial. We are on our third silver ado. Never had to get it weighed...the weight is posted on the sales stuff plus can be looked up.
Unless. DMV wrote new laws lately.
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Old 01-30-2012, 04:47 PM
 
Location: Placentia, Orange County, CA
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Have never heard of the every truck being commercial. We are on our third silver ado. Never had to get it weighed...the weight is posted on the sales stuff plus can be looked up.
Unless. DMV wrote new laws lately.
May only have to do with out of state trucks (?). The forum I stumbled upon was filled with out of staters trying to register pick ups in California. The original thread was dated sometime in 2005 or 6; I guess the law's been around awhile.
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Old 01-30-2012, 04:49 PM
 
Location: GLAMA
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Every pickup, including the 1968 Ranchero I once owned (which is nothing but a station wagon with the back part of the roof missing) has to have commercial plates. It's been that way for decades.
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Old 01-30-2012, 08:48 PM
 
Location: Huntington Beach, CA
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I own a 2007 Ford Ranger. Standard (non-commercial) Tags.
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Old 01-30-2012, 08:59 PM
 
Location: GLAMA
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When did it change?
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Old 01-30-2012, 09:02 PM
 
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We have had 3 pickups. Never had commercial tags. Don't know tho if registration costs more. Think it goes by weight of truck.
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Old 01-30-2012, 11:12 PM
 
Location: South of Northern California
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When we moved here, we had to have the truck weighed as a commercial vehicle as well, though the plates are regular ones. Must be something they do with an out-of-state vehicle being registered the first time.
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Old 01-31-2012, 01:00 PM
 
Location: Santa Monica, CA
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Must be something they do with an out-of-state vehicle being registered the first time.
It's probably something that the weigh stations and emission testing facilites lobbied hard for. Like in exchange for exempting new vehicles purchased in state for 5 years require all out of state vehicles to get emission tested/weighed.
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