Can my car be registered in one state and insured in another?

I’m moving from Michigan to Montana. I know my car insurance needs to be changed to Montana, but do I also need to register my car there?

Congrats on your upcoming move!
While it may seem like a hassle, you are going to need to register your car in Montana. All states legally require residents to change their car registration to their new state. In most states, you have 30 days to register your car with the DMV after your move.
There are some exceptions to this, including:
  • Active military members
  • Full-time college students
To register your car in your new state, you likely need the following:
  • Your driver’s license in your new state
  • Your proof of insurance
  • Your car title or lease agreement
  • A safety inspection and smog test certificate
If you’re shopping for car insurance in your new state, let Jerry help you find the cheapest rates. Jerry collects quotes from over 50 insurance providers and sends you options in minutes. Once you find a policy that meets your needs, Jerry will help you with all paperwork and changeover.
Lauren Smith
Answered on Nov 12, 2021
Lauren has written for World Nomads, the Matador Network, Korvia Consulting, and once upon a time Three Fates Games. She graduated from Columbia College of Chicago with a BFA in Creative Writing. After graduating, she moved overseas and lived in South Korea where she spent her free time traveling and going on road trips with friends. She misses the rest stop potatoes and is trying to figure out how to recreate them at home. She's now based outside of Chicago and when she's not writing she spends her free time reading, playing video games, and exploring whenever she can.

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