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Old 10-18-2012, 08:37 PM
 
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I'm moving back to CA from Texas. My car is originally from CA and was registered and titled there. I have the pink slip. I have TX plates and registration but I never bothered titling it here. When I move back, what kind of issues will I have, if any? Well, there are always issues with the CA DMV. I still got to deal with them for two years after moving! Anyways, will this be a pain in the ass? Oh, also, the car is titled in my soon to be ex wife's name but it is now my car. I'd really like to avoid paying for a Texas title only to turn around and retitle and register it in CA.

Can have her sign the pink slip over to me and do a family vehicle transfer, I think it was a $25 fee, and then put it in my name once I'm back in CA? The car is paid off and I need to check the registration as it may be only in her name.

Also, will I have to take the written drivers test again? As much as I hate Texas, the process of transferring everything was very simple.

Thanks.

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Old 10-18-2012, 09:08 PM
 
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Good luck. You might want to just call the DMV.
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Old 10-18-2012, 09:14 PM
 
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Good luck. You might want to just call the DMV.
I'll see if I can spare 2 hours on hold and then deal with four people who don't know. Lol yeah, I'm planning on calling them but hey, city-data is 24/7!
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Old 10-18-2012, 09:30 PM
 
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I'll see if I can spare 2 hours on hold and then deal with four people who don't know. Lol yeah, I'm planning on calling them but hey, city-data is 24/7!
And when you finally get there in person they still won't know.
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Old 10-18-2012, 10:13 PM
 
Location: Carmichael, CA
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So California title is valid, in wife's name, and you have a Texas registration-only. Correct?

Have her sign over the title to you, fill out a Statement of Facts concerning the family transfer, and take in the title, Statement of Facts, Texas registration. Fees due are $15 transfer and upcoming registration fees for California. Honestly not sure if you'd have to have the vehicle verified again or not--I'm thinking not.

Make an appointment for both the registration and the driver's license. Maybe someone else here can answer the DL question.

If you want to call and check on this, the new system allows you to leave your name and number and someone will call you back--no more sitting on hold.
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Old 10-18-2012, 11:43 PM
 
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There's a thread on here that might answer your questions regarding what to do when you return to California and need to get a driver's license. Looks like you need to take the written exam, eye test, get a picture taken and pay a $31.00 fee. Good luck dealing with the DMV! It helps tremendously if you schedule an appointment in advance. You can do that online at the DMV website: California Department of Motor Vehicles

//www.city-data.com/forum/calif...who-moved.html
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Old 10-19-2012, 04:52 AM
 
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So California title is valid, in wife's name, and you have a Texas registration-only. Correct?

Have her sign over the title to you, fill out a Statement of Facts concerning the family transfer, and take in the title, Statement of Facts, Texas registration. Fees due are $15 transfer and upcoming registration fees for California. Honestly not sure if you'd have to have the vehicle verified again or not--I'm thinking not.

Make an appointment for both the registration and the driver's license. Maybe someone else here can answer the DL question.

If you want to call and check on this, the new system allows you to leave your name and number and someone will call you back--no more sitting on hold.
Excellent. Thank you for this info.

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There's a thread on here that might answer your questions regarding what to do when you return to California and need to get a driver's license. Looks like you need to take the written exam, eye test, get a picture taken and pay a $31.00 fee. Good luck dealing with the DMV! It helps tremendously if you schedule an appointment in advance. You can do that online at the DMV website: California Department of Motor Vehicles

//www.city-data.com/forum/calif...who-moved.html
Thank you.

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And when you finally get there in person they still won't know.
And they'll be grumpy. Are they still furloughed on Fridays?
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Old 10-19-2012, 06:13 AM
 
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And they'll be grumpy. Are they still furloughed on Fridays?
Don't know. Retired and left the state over three years ago. Here the licensing and registration process was quick, easy and cheap; pleasant even since the sites are small, efficient contract offices just like our rural post offices.
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Old 10-19-2012, 07:54 PM
 
Location: Carmichael, CA
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And they'll be grumpy. Are they still furloughed on Fridays?
Still furloughed, but they are now "self-directed" so DMV is again open 5 days a week and most people are there every day. Furlough days are spread out through the month.
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Old 10-20-2012, 01:03 AM
 
Location: Conejo Valley, CA
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I would probably do the title work in Texas and not worry about saving a few bucks. Getting the California title from an out-of-state title is trivial and costs $15. Besides the title issue, this should be straightforward. When I came back to California after ~6 years, I was still in the system and they just reissued me a license. No tests, just a new picture and they invalidated by other license. For the car, they will just confirm that it is certified for CA and you will have to get a smog test.

You should be able to get this done in ~1 hour at the DMV... And I imagine you'll be more grumpy than the workers...
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