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Old 05-22-2012, 12:14 PM   #31
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Sounds like what you're doing should be allowed by the dmv.
This is what I don't get. I look at the relevant H&SC sections, there it is.
The DMV even has a form (REG 256F) which is a Statement of Facts New, Nonresident, or imported vehicle and right on that form is a new (less than 7500 miles) exemption list and one of the choices there is acquiring a 49-state vehicle when you were a resident in another state and registered it there.

http://www.dmv.ca.gov/forms/reg/reg256f.htm

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As someone else posted, have you tried going to a different dmv office?
That's on my list. I just figured I could make a cogent argument to them and they'd agree. Apparently, everyone there thinks that, once the 'expert' in the office has spoken


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How close to 7500 miles are you? Can you just go on an ironbutt ride and get it in that way?
I'm about 1700 miles short and don't have plates since I was registered in Switzerland for nearly 3 years. (no, the overseas thing isn't an issue)
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Old 05-22-2012, 12:32 PM   #32
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I'm moving to NorCal Monday and bringing my 96 GS along. It has 77k and is registered in Chicago.
I never thought about it, but I shouldn't have a problem, right?
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Old 05-22-2012, 01:15 PM   #33
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I'm moving to NorCal Monday and bringing my 96 GS along. It has 77k and is registered in Chicago.
I never thought about it, but I shouldn't have a problem, right?

No problem. Welcome to California. Pay up sucker.
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Old 05-22-2012, 01:26 PM   #34
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No problem. Welcome to California. Pay up sucker.
Haha, awesome. Can't wait to hit some of those roads out there.
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Old 05-22-2012, 02:33 PM   #35
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Yeah it doesn't add up at all. Try another DMV office. I know it's inconvenient but it's a hell of a lot easier than fighting with an ignorant DMV employee. The way it works in California is that the DMV is always right and the taxpayer is always wrong. The only way to fight it is to find a DMV employee somewhere else who Knows what they are doing and to go in first thing in the morning before they get in a bad mood.
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Old 05-29-2012, 11:38 AM   #36
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Different DMV = different result. Go figure. Went to the Concord DMV and they didn't ask me anything and I didn't have to explain anything. Once they handed me the plates, I ran out of there as fast as I could.
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Old 05-29-2012, 11:48 AM   #37
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Old 05-29-2012, 11:52 AM   #38
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...for what I pay in CA reg/license'/tax and insurance on two bikes I could have own third bike...
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Old 05-29-2012, 05:28 PM   #39
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Different DMV = different result. Go figure. Went to the Concord DMV and they didn't ask me anything and I didn't have to explain anything. Once they handed me the plates, I ran out of there as fast as I could.
How many miles on your bike when you went to the DMV? I usually go to the aaa office by there but I don't think that aaa does motorcycle registration. Do they look aftermarket exhaust ect?
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Old 05-29-2012, 07:28 PM   #40
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Yeah, I know it's crazy but I'm glad it worked out for you. You should go through the complaint process so that your local office receives proper training on how to do it correctly.


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How many miles on your bike when you went to the DMV? I usually go to the aaa office by there but I don't think that aaa does motorcycle registration. Do they look aftermarket exhaust ect?
ODO miles didn't matter for him because he moved here from out of state with his bike.

A California resident bringing in an out of state vehicle, you need 7,500 miles on the ODO -or- a 50-state EPA sticker (it has the magic words "California" and "on-road" on it.)

Most DMV employees don't know an aftermarket exhaust from an exhaust valve, so that's not usually an issue.

AAA does street moto registration but not green/red sticker.
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Old 05-29-2012, 10:24 PM   #41
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Green / red sticker

What do you mean by green red sticker?
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Old 05-29-2012, 10:27 PM   #42
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What do you mean by green red sticker?

AAA doesn't do dirt bikes.
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Old 05-30-2012, 10:30 AM   #43
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What do you mean by green red sticker?
Dirt bikes, ATV's, etc. get a "green sticker" or a "red sticker." Can't be ridden on roads.... off-road only. AAA does not do OHV registration, or that is to say, no green/red stickers at AAA. But they will handle anything with a traditional license plate... cars, street motorcycles, trailers, etc.
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Old 05-30-2012, 02:17 PM   #44
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Yeah, I know it's crazy but I'm glad it worked out for you. You should go through the complaint process so that your local office receives proper training on how to do it correctly.
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I did leave a long description of the issue through their customer service portal. I've also been bashing them for not having an ombudsman.
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Old 05-30-2012, 04:07 PM   #45
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...................................... You should go through the complaint process so that your local office receives proper training on how to do it correctly.

You've got it all wrong! Learn the process. Help the DMV though each step and leave with what you came to get. Works every time! ......and most of the time they thank you for being prepared!
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