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What are the rules regarding car registration/insurance/etc. when moving to a new state?

I've lived in Oregon my whole life and I'm currently moving to Vancouver, WA for at least 6 months. I have honestly no idea what I'm supposed to do as far as my license and car registration goes. What are the rules for that? 

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  • 1 month ago

    The rules are very simple.  Once you move to a new jurisdiction (state, territory, province, etc.), you have __ days to switch all of the above to the new jurisdiction.  Driver's licence, plates / registration, insurance, the whole dammed thing.

    I left the number blank because it varies by jurisdiction, and because I didn't feel like looking up the rules for WA.  But there is one, and it's clearly listed somewhere on the state's website.  If you can't find it on the DMV website, call their 1-800 number and ask, and they'll tell you.  The deadline is an absolute thing, and they don't make exceptions or accept excuses.  And it's something you really need to know for sure, so don't get your info from online total strangers.  

    NOTE:  That rule applies to people who move to another state, not people who are visiting.  If you say you're visiting Washington state and live in Oregon, you are.  If you say you're now living in Washington, you are.  You decide where your home address is, but you can only have one home address at a time.  

  • ?
    Lv 6
    1 month ago

    Look it up on the Washington DMV website.  Everything you need to know is there.

  • 1 month ago

    When you "move" you have to get a new license and new registration.

    When you just visit, and your permanent home does not change, you just keep your existing license and registration.

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    You go to the WA DMV website and do some researching.

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  • Anton
    Lv 6
    1 month ago

    What matters is residence -- what you call HOME.

    If you are a registered voter in Oregon, that is your home.

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    The LAW in Washington states that if you are a resident - which requires a 6 month time frame -  you are required to get a Washington license.  Your insurance carrier should be advised when you moved.  The rates in the two States are different.

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    If you are only going for 6 months, I would keep the old tag unless you have to renew it before then.  A lot of people do the same thing and wait until their tag is near expiration. You are not going to jail over it.

  • ?
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Gee, if only the Washington DMV had some sort of readily available  site that provides that information... Oh wait, they do.

  • 1 month ago

    If the move is temporary and you will return to your Oregon address.  You don't have to do anything about car registration and insurance.  Just file a change of address card with the USPS.

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