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Old August 19th, 2016, 10:21 AM
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Getting an imported Defender home

Hi all,


I was trying to register a Defender that is coming in next week, but the NY dmv says that I have to have the customs papers before I can register it and there is nothing they can do regarding temporary plates etc. They told me to have it transported on a flatbed home which would be a small fortune.


My question is, are there any other ways to get it home without breaking the law? I've heard that you can drive it for up to a month without registration, but I don't know if that's true? Any suggestions at all? Thanks!!
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Old August 19th, 2016, 10:25 AM
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UHaul flatbed trailer?
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Old August 19th, 2016, 10:27 AM
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Hi all,


I was trying to register a Defender that is coming in next week, but the NY dmv says that I have to have the customs papers before I can register it and there is nothing they can do regarding temporary plates etc. They told me to have it transported on a flatbed home which would be a small fortune.


My question is, are there any other ways to get it home without breaking the law? I've heard that you can drive it for up to a month without registration, but I don't know if that's true? Any suggestions at all? Thanks!!
Put insurance on it and run the foreign tags. Doug says you're good for 30 days on foriegn tags, I never found the law/regulation stating this. It's gonna be a couple hundred to get it towed to you, which is expensive. Even if you got a ticket for driving without registration, they are usually like $150-200, but the cop would probably be very confused about the situation anyway. I drove around for 3 weeks on QLD tags in CT before registering.
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Old August 19th, 2016, 10:37 AM
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I agree with John. I drove two trucks on my French plates from Newark to NW CT. Just get it insured on a US policy. If you get pulled over you are registered (though in a different Country) and insured, so they can't get you for those.
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Old August 19th, 2016, 10:45 AM
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I went through this a few weeks ago. Tow companies wanted $450 to flatbed it the 1.5 hours home. I borrowed a friends 'dealer plate' and drove it home from the port. I already had insurance on it. My truck didn't come with foreign plates, at least by the time I got my hands on it.

I was tempted to just put 'In Transit' in the window, but I felt like getting the truck all the way here was already such a process, why risk anything now.
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Old August 19th, 2016, 10:45 AM
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https://dmv.ny.gov/registration/regi...-state-vehicle

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if you are a resident of New York and you get a vehicle from another state which you will be driving on New York State roadways, you must register the vehicle here within 30 days
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Old August 19th, 2016, 10:58 AM
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I believe this link is more applicable:
https://dmv.ny.gov/registration/regi...ported-vehicle
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Old August 19th, 2016, 11:26 AM
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That is so weird. In Oregon you can get a trip permit for any vehicle you want. You just need to provide insurance info. They say permits are valid on Oregon roads from other states. I'm sure that's true in NY too. Maybe you could just pick one up from another state. You can get one from Oregon by mail. You just provide a copy of the insurance, your driver's license, and a check for the fee. Write a short letter like, "I'm moving to Oregon and I need a trip permit for my non-registered vehicle." They allow you two within a 12-month period.
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Old August 19th, 2016, 11:32 AM
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Put insurance on it and drive on the plates it has for 30 days in Texas, as everybody has said. You can't do nothing with DMV till you got the papers and inspection.
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Old August 19th, 2016, 11:40 AM
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I have a great relationship with my agent. I would call her and explain the whole ordeal and see if she could find a way to have me covered. I doubt the state is going to have a big problem with lack of plates. They are much more concerned about insured vehicles on the road.
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Old August 19th, 2016, 11:53 AM
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Hi all,


I was trying to register a Defender that is coming in next week, but the NY dmv says that I have to have the customs papers before I can register it and there is nothing they can do regarding temporary plates etc. They told me to have it transported on a flatbed home which would be a small fortune.


My question is, are there any other ways to get it home without breaking the law? I've heard that you can drive it for up to a month without registration, but I don't know if that's true? Any suggestions at all? Thanks!!
New York In-Transit Permit

https://dmv.ny.gov/registration/tran...y-registration

And, here is a link to the In-Transit application form:

https://dmv.ny.gov/forms/mv82itp.pdf
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Old August 19th, 2016, 11:58 AM
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Old August 23rd, 2016, 11:41 AM
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Thanks everybody for the replies! I confirmed that it still has the foreign tags on it, but I will look into getting the temporary transit permit as well. Thanks again!
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Old August 23rd, 2016, 12:47 PM
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I drove mine (infrequently) in and around NYC for about a month on French plates before NYS tags came. It was properly insured before a list member collected it from the port of Newark for me. That was early this year.

For what it is worth, I used a title service to handle my registration and title. I never even had to go to the DMV. PM me if you want detail;. I may have posted them previously.
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Old August 23rd, 2016, 03:23 PM
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I drove mine across the country (Baltimore to Seattle) on South African plates. Was passed by numerous cops and was never stopped. Just have insurance and AAA.
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