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Old 07-31-2008, 03:22 PM
Location: Cape May NJ
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Originally Posted by digitalwoodshop View Post
Not to mention your insurance company could find a reason to NOT pay your claim because you did not update and pay the going rate where your car is "garaged". They feel you are "Cheating them" so they feel no problem not paying.

I lived in CA for 13 years and had a PA Drivers License and Registration but CA Insurance. The Inspection ran out years earlier. The only reason it was legal was that I was in the Military. The day I retired and was still living in San Diego I turned in my PA plate and got a CA plate. But most people don't keep a car for 12 years.... A 83 Mustang that I bought in Honesdale. I had a CA licensed car too. I did have to get a CA DMV ID card that became my license when I retired.

I lived in PA, VA, FL, IL, and CA with that car.

This could cost you thousands...... or nothing..... Do you feel lucky.....

Good Luck

You nailed it! The biggest concern is your auto insurance company finding a reason to not cover a claim for an accident that you might be involved in. Not being licensed to operate in the state where you reside and not having your vehicle licensed and within that state's inspection laws would be that reason.
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Old 07-17-2009, 09:19 AM
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Hello can someone please help me? I bought my car in VA and it already came with inspection done on it. Now I just registered the car in PA - can someone please tell me if I need to do a new inspection in PA even though I have one that came with the car from VA currently valid. Anyone ? Thanks
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Old 07-17-2009, 10:01 AM
Location: Just East of the Southern Portion of the Western Part of PA
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Scrape the sticker off your windshield - it is no longer useful in VA and is not applicable to PA. The sticker has no positive value. The cops wont arrest you for something that isn't there.

This will get you by until you can bring your car up to date in PA.
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Old 07-17-2009, 12:27 PM
Location: Seattle
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I've never heard of anyone getting ticketed for expired inspection on an out of state vehicle.

Yes, they can nail you for expired registration. Yes, they can nail you for not registering your car in time after you move. Yes, you can get denied by the insurance company for not notifying them that you moved. But that is not a ticket for expired inspection on an out of state vehicle.

I was told my a lawyer when I moved from PA to CA that I could not get ticketed in another state for an expired PA inspection, but that said, I had other obligations to register my vehicle. If I ever returned to PA I better get that thing inspected ASAP though. I have since put CA plates on my car.

If you move to PA and register your car in PA, you need to get an inspection in PA. A current out of state inspection will not count as each state has different inspection laws.

As for the person who said they can share the information with the VA DMV, I'm sure that's possible, but state DMVs don't generally share information. For example, if you are a PA resident with a PA driver's license and registration and get a ticket in the state of Texas, it's very unlikely that PA will ever find out about the ticket and assess points on your record (it will occasionally happen but usually not). Consequently, your insurance company usually not find out about the ticket either since they use your PA driving record to determine your ticket history. If you have outstanding parking tickets in California on your PA vehicle, you are really unlikely to get impounded in PA or any other state for parking tickets issued in California. FYI.

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