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Old 05-10-2014, 01:57 PM
 
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ok Thanks for your help Meganne.


Any good websites for good car deals in Iowa? Coming from NJ, I thought at first to buy the car from NJ and have it transferred but now I am thinking that it would be better to maybe buy it in Iowa and have everything registered there.
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Old 05-11-2014, 07:03 PM
 
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I have been googling this question but to no avail. I will be thankful if someone here can help me out. I will most likely be in Iowa for a year or two. If I buy the car in NJ, do I NEED to register the vehicle in Iowa? Are there any pros and cons? Do I also need to get an Iowa state license?
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Old 05-11-2014, 07:18 PM
 
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Vehicle registration is required within 30 days of your having establishing residency in Iowa.
See the link below from Iowadot.gov for more details.
If the link from me doesn't load properly here, try googling "registering a car in Iowa".
Good luck!
Registering a Motor Vehicle in Iowa - Motor Vehicle Division - Iowa DOT
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Old 05-12-2014, 07:12 AM
 
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Note the key words "establishing residency". Frequently this requirement, as established by the state owned colleges, requires an intent to stay. If you were taking a trip to California for 45 days to oversee some business deals, would you register your car there? Clearly not. So the 30 day rule can be a bit confusing.

If you do not intend to make Iowa your permanent home, then most government policies wouldn't care. If your driver's license will not expire while you are there, I wouldn't get a new license either. Ask yourself where you think you are most likely to be in 10 years. You are not expected to KNOW, but if you think "well, if I was gonna guess, I'd say NJ", then you're not becoming an Iowan, you're just living in Iowa for a couple years to be close to the things you temporarily need to access.
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Old 05-12-2014, 08:37 AM
 
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Yeah I am not planning to stay in Cedar Rapids for more than two years. My current license in NJ expires next year. What really are my best options?
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Old 05-12-2014, 03:13 PM
 
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I may have missed it but I don't see a timetable anywhere above for your arrival in Iowa.
If your license is set to expire before you leave New Jersey, by all means renew if beforehand.
If you desire to retain the New Jersey license for the future after your time in Iowa is over but it will expire while you are in Iowa, then also consider renewing it ahead of your move.
Another factor to consider is the comparative ease of obtaining a license in the 2 states. I mention this because here in Georgia the political party that has a total stranglehold on power in the state has totally turned on it's ear the formerly convenient, well-streamlined & easy renewal in-person process. Now the renewal or new license process is an arduous & complete debacle of time wasting frustration that can take hours to complete! That's what happens when a party that is overly dominant gets involved just because it can at a legislative level & engages in micro-management of basic state functions.
Two co-workers have recently had to take off a full half day from work to complete the license renewal process given that the lines on Saturday begin to form before dawn & are unwieldy.
If you can find out that either New Jersey or Iowa has a better process that serves it's residents well, choose that state as the state you will be licensed in.
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Old 05-13-2014, 09:00 AM
 
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Note the key words "establishing residency". Frequently this requirement, as established by the state owned colleges, requires an intent to stay. If you were taking a trip to California for 45 days to oversee some business deals, would you register your car there? Clearly not. So the 30 day rule can be a bit confusing.

If you do not intend to make Iowa your permanent home, then most government policies wouldn't care. If your driver's license will not expire while you are there, I wouldn't get a new license either. Ask yourself where you think you are most likely to be in 10 years. You are not expected to KNOW, but if you think "well, if I was gonna guess, I'd say NJ", then you're not becoming an Iowan, you're just living in Iowa for a couple years to be close to the things you temporarily need to access.
Generally "establishing residency" means a lease/mortgage and employment.

Be aware that while the police may not know how long you have lived in a state with out-of-state plates, but your neighbors will. I have heard more than once of neighbors turning people in for not registering their car correctly.

I have noticed a car in my apartment complex lot with Illinois plates (I am in AZ) and they arrived shortly after I did, so they have been here since December. I could turn them in if I wanted to. (but I have a life LOL)
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Old 05-15-2014, 08:13 PM
 
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I may have missed it but I don't see a timetable anywhere above for your arrival in Iowa.
If your license is set to expire before you leave New Jersey, by all means renew if beforehand.
If you desire to retain the New Jersey license for the future after your time in Iowa is over but it will expire while you are in Iowa, then also consider renewing it ahead of your move.
Another factor to consider is the comparative ease of obtaining a license in the 2 states. I mention this because here in Georgia the political party that has a total stranglehold on power in the state has totally turned on it's ear the formerly convenient, well-streamlined & easy renewal in-person process. Now the renewal or new license process is an arduous & complete debacle of time wasting frustration that can take hours to complete! That's what happens when a party that is overly dominant gets involved just because it can at a legislative level & engages in micro-management of basic state functions.
Two co-workers have recently had to take off a full half day from work to complete the license renewal process given that the lines on Saturday begin to form before dawn & are unwieldy.
If you can find out that either New Jersey or Iowa has a better process that serves it's residents well, choose that state as the state you will be licensed in.
I am arriving in Iowa in exactly two weeks.
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