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Old 03-16-2024, 09:34 AM
 
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Hello,


Have recently purchased a home in Pittsburgh area as a part-time residence (escape from AZ summer and also to be near PA/OH family). Looking into purchasing a vehicle to leave in PA. Wondering if there is a way to avoid giving up current drivers license in order to register and title a vehicle in PA. Does not look possible from what I see so far. Any ideas?
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Old 03-16-2024, 09:43 AM
 
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dont think its possible. its all online and they will nab you eventually. If TX is your primary residence and hence license - keep it.



there is no law that prevents an out of state resident with a valid out of state residence from keeping a car here. if the car has valid TX registration, and insurance, no one will ever bother you for an inspection. not even if it has an EXPIRED TX inspection...


progressive (and others perhaps) have a 'snowbird exception' for insurance for those that go elsewhere for part year.
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Old 03-16-2024, 09:50 AM
 
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"there is no law that prevents an out of state resident with a valid out of state residence from keeping a car here."


Could you help me confirm this? A link to PA website of some sort?
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Old 03-16-2024, 10:23 AM
 
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dmv.pa.gov


I checked it and there is exactly no language prohibiting this. It is clear that if you MOVE here as a primary, regardless of what you own elsewhere, you have 20 days and you must get a pa d/l etc...just dont. keep your foreign state residency...if you are not trying to hoodwink them and your majority time is down south, they cannot FORCE you to abandon that license/residency


this is the governing phrase:


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All new residents are required to make application for Pennsylvania title and registration of their vehicle(s) within 20 days of establishing residency in Pennsylvania.

there is all sorts of noise on quora or reddit, but I dont trust that as far as I can throw your car.


IIRC when I got my pa inspectors license way back when (which reminds me I need to renew!) that we (pa inspectors) can inspect a foreign car, we just cannot issue a certificate as they are tied to pa registration. Gladly charge you the $50 tho!
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Old 03-16-2024, 11:51 AM
 
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If you have an out of state license and out of state plates who will ever question you. College kids and snow birds do it all the time. If you are buying a used car look for one down south. Salt is not good on cars.
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Old 03-16-2024, 12:29 PM
 
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Agree about keeping the other state as your primary residence, but you should look into PA's definition of "residency" for income tax purposes. Would you be employed while in PA or working remotely for an out of state employer? Residency affects more than car registration. You could end up owing income tax in both states, sort of cancelling out any savings in car registration.

This might be of interest:

https://www.revenue.pa.gov/TaxTypes/...Residency.aspx

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Old 03-16-2024, 12:36 PM
 
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Didn't the OP state AZ? Not sure why people jumped to TX.
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Old 03-16-2024, 01:03 PM
 
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Agree about keeping the other state as your primary residence, but you should look into PA's definition of "residency" for income tax purposes. Would you be employed while in PA or working remotely for an out of state employer? Residency affects more than car registration. You could end up owing income tax in both states, sort of cancelling out any savings in car registration.

This might be of interest:

https://www.revenue.pa.gov/TaxTypes/...Residency.aspx
Thanks for this. I am in a similar situation.
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Old 03-17-2024, 08:14 AM
 
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Thanks to all. Good info.
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Old 03-18-2024, 07:15 AM
 
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You can't get PA plates if you don't have a PA driver's license and you can't get a PA driver's license if you are not a legal resident of PA. PA used to be very lax about license plates and many NY and NJ residents got PA plates to avoid the high costs associated with those out of state plates.
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