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What is Vehicle Registration?
Vehicle registration is a legal necessity proving you have paid all the fees and taxes to drive your car on public roads. It is not the same as car insurance.
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Jacoba Bood
Jun 09, 2021
Private Party Vehicle Use Tax: What Is Tax Form RUT-50 in Illinois?
If you’re an Illinois resident with a car acquired via a private party, you should know about the RUT-50 form, a certain tax document required for private car buying.
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Brady Klopfer
Aug 24, 2021
What Is a Motor Vehicle Examination Certificate in Kansas?
Everything you need to know about Kansas’ motor vehicle examination certificate.
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Brady Klopfer
Nov 20, 2020
What Is a Declaration of Eligible Risk in North Carolina?
In North Carolina, residents are required to file a declaration of eligible risk when registering their cars. 
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Marisol Pereira
Nov 19, 2020
Arizona’s Vehicle License Tax (VLT), Explained
The Arizona Vehicle License Tax (VLT) is a part of a registered driver’s yearly fees and is calculated in place of a personal property tax that is charged in other states.
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Jason Tushinski
Aug 26, 2021
How Verify a Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)
Before buying a car, make sure you check out its history. The easiest way to do this is through its vehicle identification number, or VIN.
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Cheryl Knight
Nov 18, 2020
What Is a Sheriff's Inspection Form in Kentucky?
The form essentially states that the vehicle purchased outside the state of Kentucky is "road worthy." Here's how to get one.
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Elan Mcafee
Nov 17, 2020
What Does a State Car Inspection Check for?
State car inspections don't just check for emissions standards, they check for a number of safety issues as well. Here’s the low-down on vehicle inspections
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Jason Unrau
Nov 16, 2020
How to Renew Your Car Registration
Car registration costs and renewal periods vary by state, but you can easily renew your car registration by sending in the right forms and documents.
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Cheryl Knight
Oct 20, 2020
How to Register a Car
To register a car, you need to have the proper documentation. Here's what you'll need.
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Cheryl Knight
Dec 08, 2020
Insurance Requirements for Car Registration
Getting your car officially registered with the DMV requires proof of ownership, ID, and possibly an inspection.
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Conor Fynes
Dec 09, 2020
Tackling Issues with Car Registration Suspension in California
While having your car registration suspended is frustrating, the good news is that clearing the suspension is an easy process in California.
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Mindy Hood
Sep 22, 2020

All Questions on Car Registration

How do you register a car in Iowa online?
Does Iowa allow online car registration? I’m moving back home to be closer to my family. I want to register my car online to save time and get it done quicker.
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Phoebe Mah
Sep 24, 2021
How can I change the name on my insurance card after getting married?
I recently got married and took my husband's name. I'm currently updating all of my legal documents, but I've never had to do this with my car insurance before. How can I change the name on my car insurance card?
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Eric Schad
Sep 13, 2021
How can I change the name on my insurance card if I legally changed my name?
I recently changed my legal name and I'm in the process of changing my name on legal documents and bank accounts. However, I'm not sure how to change my name on my insurance card—so what's the process of changing my name with my insurance company?
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Eric Schad
Sep 13, 2021
Will I get a ticket for an unregistered car parked in my driveway?
Can I get ticketed for having an unregistered car? I am working on fixing up an old Camaro and it is currently unregistered and doesn't have insurance. I am working on it in my driveway every weekend and it will be a while before it's roadworthy. Since it won't be going anywhere for awhile, would it need to be registered?
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Shannon Martin
Aug 26, 2021
I am getting parking tickets in the mail that are not mine; what should I do?
Do I have to pay for parking tickets that aren't mine? I have started to get parking tickets in the mail on almost a weekly basis now, but they can't be mine! They have my name and address, but I haven't been to these places. It even says that the registered car is a red sedan, but I drive a green pickup truck. How can I fix this?
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Shannon Martin
Aug 26, 2021
Who is responsible for a parking ticket—the driver, or the owner of the car?
Do I have to pay for this parking ticket? Unbeknownst to me, my daughter took my car downtown last week and received a parking ticket. I only know this because I received a letter from the DMV. Since she was driving, shouldn't she be responsible for paying for this ticket?
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Shannon Martin
Aug 26, 2021
How much trouble will I be in if I don't change the address on my license?
Will I get in trouble for forgetting to change the address on my driver's license? I moved a few years ago and it never occurred to me that I needed to change the address on my license. Nothing has happened so far and I won't have to renew it for three more years. Can I just leave it as is?
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Shannon Martin
Aug 25, 2021
When you move but still live in the same state, do you have to change your address with the DMV?
Why do I have to change my address if I live in the same state? I live in Texas and moved to a new home about eight months ago. I never updated my address because it didn't seem important at the time. Last night, I was at a traffic stop and the officer said he would let me go with a warning but that I needed to change my license right away. Why does it matter that I haven't updated it?
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Shannon Martin
Aug 25, 2021
How much time do I have to change my address in New York?
When do I have to update the address on my driver's license for New York state? I have been here for a little over a month and I assumed the time frame was 60 days. My buddy told me I actually only had 2 weeks, and now I am worried!
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Shannon Martin
Aug 25, 2021
Is it illegal to not change your address on your driver's license when you move?
I tend to move around a lot, about once a year, and I feel like I constantly have to change my driver's license. What happens if I just keep it the same? What benefit is there to changing it?
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Shannon Martin
Aug 25, 2021
Do you need to turn your tags into the DMV when you sell your car?
I want to sell my car, but I'm not exactly sure what to do with my tags and license plates. Do I turn my tags into the dealership when I sell my car?
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Eric Schad
Aug 23, 2021
Do car insurance carriers allow you to change the named insured on your policy?
My mom is giving me her car. She'll be transferring the title to me and said I can just keep her insurance. Am I able to change myself as the named insured since I'm the new owner?
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Emily Maracle
Aug 18, 2021
Can I register a car in Indiana with expired Ohio tags?
I have been living in the state for about seven months but haven't registered my car here yet. I do have an Indiana driver's license.
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Sophie Newman
Aug 18, 2021
How do you register your vehicle if you are living out of your car?
I just upgraded to living in a van. I have been using my parents' address in North Carolina for mail even though I haven't lived there for two years. I'm currently in Arizona. Is there any way I can register the car here without a physical address?
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Sophie Newman
Aug 18, 2021
In which state do you register a van?
I have a Colorado driver's license, but I am planning on going all over the US. Should I keep my van and insurance registered in Colorado? How do nomadic people navigate this?
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Sophie Newman
Aug 18, 2021
Can I register a car in Florida with an out-of-state license?
My state license is still in New York, but I've moved to Florida and want to get my car registered here. Can I still get insurance?
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Sophie Newman
Aug 18, 2021
Is it illegal to insure a car in one state and have it registered in another?
I just moved to Texas for school, but I want to keep my car registered in California. Is that possible?
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Sophie Newman
Aug 18, 2021
What do I do if my ex-husband says I stole a car that's registered to me?
My ex is claiming that I stole his car even though the registration is in my name. What do I do to protect myself?
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Sophie Newman
Aug 09, 2021
Does the name on a vehicle's registration and insurance need to be the same?
I just bought a car and the title hasn't been transferred over yet. I have to get insurance before I can register it in my name. Will I be able to get insurance if the vehicle isn't in my name yet?
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Emily Maracle
Jul 30, 2021
Can I get car insurance on my grandma's car?
My grandma is giving me a car. She doesn't drive anymore, so the car currently doesn't have insurance. Am I able to get car insurance for it?
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Emily Maracle
Jul 30, 2021
What insurance papers do I need to keep with my in Georgia?
How do I need to have in my car to prove I have car insurance in Georgia? I know I need to provide proof of insurance.
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Sophie Newman
Jul 20, 2021
Will I have any issues with the policy if I need to tow my unregistered car?
"Is it possible for me to get a ticket while an unregistered car is being towed? I bought an old beater to practice car repairs; hopefully I can fix it up. It needs to be moved from the owner's house to mine, but I need to call a tow truck since it isn't running. I know an unregistered car shouldn't be on the road."
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Shannon Martin
Jul 28, 2021

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