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Old 09-14-2008, 12:11 PM   #1
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2007 BMW registration from NV to CA

Does anybody know if there will be a problem buying a used BMW with 3500 miles in Nevada and registering it in California?
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Old 09-14-2008, 12:31 PM   #2
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Nah

You'll pay whatever taxes they feel like charging you for a used vehicle, and you'll have to do what every CA deems for inspection. other then that, it shouldn't be too much of a hassle.

Bought vehicles out of state a few times here on the east coast, and its been the same thing.
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Old 09-14-2008, 01:10 PM   #3
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I believe you have to have 7500 miles on a used vehicle to bring it into California if you are a current resident of the State, unless the vehicle is CA emissions approved.
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Old 09-14-2008, 01:26 PM   #4
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With less than 7500 miles you'll likely get hassled by DMV unless you can clearly show that it is a 50-state bike. From what I've heard it is luck of the draw. If you can point to the 50-state designation on the bike frame, you might be ok. Just depends on if you get the person on a good or bad day...
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Old 09-14-2008, 02:28 PM   #5
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Laugh

This isn't a flame on anyone in particular, but, how many times do we need to beat this dead horse?

ALL late model BMWs are 50 state legal. This makes registration a breeze as none of the 7500 mile rules apply.

Do your homework nonetheless. Know EXACTLY where all the emissions and VIN tags are BEFORE you ever get to the DMV. Fill out the paperwork BEFORE you go.

Wash the bike BEFORE you go. Be patient, kind, and accommodating. There is no crap shoot in the dark. Make their job easy, be polite, and know the facts before you get there.

Here's the web page so you can do your homework BEFORE you get there -

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I registered a used 2007 BMW R1200GS Adventure with 1800 miles on it. I was, literally, in AND out in less than one hour with all paperwork, inspections, and registration DONE!!! There is no mystery, no magic, and no crap shoot, and no need to have to go to the CHP for an inspection IF you do your homework BEFORE you get there AND you are decent and polite.

Taxes will need to be paid based on what your purchase price listed on the paperwork you filled out BEFORE you got to the DMV says. Make sure it matches your bill of sale.
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Old 09-14-2008, 05:25 PM   #6
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Bring it in via the East Coast...

Sounds like you need a 4000 mi road trip just to be sure!
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Old 09-14-2008, 05:37 PM   #7
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Sounds like you need a 4000 mi road trip just to be sure!


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Old 09-14-2008, 05:58 PM   #8
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Make absolutely, positively sure that the vin # matches the title EXACTLY.

I'll bet you need to have it at least inspected to verify that in the bike's new state of residence. And if it doesn't match, you've got a long-distance problem.
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Old 09-14-2008, 06:42 PM   #9
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Old 09-15-2008, 09:12 AM   #10
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You will have to have it inspected. Mak sure you have the stock pipe on it. When I had my inspection they were looking for a non-stock pipe.
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Old 09-15-2008, 12:21 PM   #11
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You will have to have it inspected. Mak sure you have the stock pipe on it. When I had my inspection they were looking for a non-stock pipe.
What they are looking for is the California emissions clarification. You can take a vehicle to the DMV Verification window without an exhaust if you want. The vehicle doesn't even have to run or be complete, doesn't even need wheels. You can trailer a vehicle and have it verified on the trailer, it doesn't need lights horn steering nothing. If you want to register a vehicle and all the DOT EPA Emissions 'stickers' are in order you are OK. You don't even need the emissions equipment JUST THE STICKER. The DMV verifier checks the engine number (on a motorcycle-never a car) and matches it to the engine number on the title you have. Then he checks the VIN number on the frame (car OR motorcycle) and matches it to the VIN number on the tilte you have. Depending on the year of the vehicle he will then check the mileage and emissions stickers. They will not check the vehicle for road worthiness or ANY equipment for that matter. The rules are quite simple, look them up, copy them, know them, quote them, show them. It has no bearing on the verifiers attitude that day, know the rules and use them to your advantage. You simply CANNOT register a 49 state smog version vehicle in California until it is at 7500 miles or above (or I beleive but do your own research-it is of a certain age). You can replace the speedo with a digital one or another one (if you are so inclined). Do your research and buy your vehicles accordingly or be prepared to do some 'modifications' to come in compliance.
Your mileage may vary. I used to do this stuff for a living but retired in Feb 2004 so am not completely up to date.

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Old 09-15-2008, 05:09 PM   #12
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Thank you everyone for your help!!
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Old 09-15-2008, 08:53 PM   #13
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One last comment, make sure it still has the evaporative canister on it. Some owners remove the canister which will cause it to fail the CA emissions.
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Old 09-15-2008, 11:01 PM   #14
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I bought my HP2 in New Mexico and registered it in CA.

Take tittle and Bill of Sale to DMV. Tell them you are registering an out of state vehicle when you make your appointment.

When your at DMV they'll do the paperwork, take your money and then an inspector will examine the bike for the 50 state emissions sticker and to verify the VIN number.

After the inspection you'll get your plates and temp registration. New title and registration follows in the mail.

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Old 09-16-2008, 01:24 PM   #15
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One last comment, make sure it still has the evaporative canister on it. Some owners remove the canister which will cause it to fail the CA emissions.

No. Read the above comments regarding inspection of equipment/road worthiness. Mine did NOT have it and there was no problem whatsoever.

Additionally, CA does not currently do emissions tests on motorcycles.
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