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Old 01-17-2013, 12:37 PM
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Originally Posted by cvx5832 View Post
Yes, which is part of the reason I left. If you're a local that's never known anything outside of the state, then a lot of that is passed off as "normal". That applies everywhere though.

To the OP - I can confirm that the tax only applies if the car is purchased within the last year. And I forgot about the registration requirements for "residents". If you fit any of the definitions below of a CA resident, then the car needs to be registered within 20 days :

- Accept gainful employment in California.
- Claim a homeowner's exemption in California.
- Rent or lease a residence in California.
- Intend to live or be located here on a permanent basis (for example, acquire a California driver license, acquire other licenses not ordinarily extended to a nonresident, registered to vote).
- Enroll in an institution of higher learning as a California resident or enroll their dependents in school (K-12).

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Welcome to CA. I've moved quite a few times, each residence with a culture very different from the last. All things considered, CA is a nice place to live, just keep an open mind and form your own opinion.

20 days?! ha! found out my license expires in MN in March, good timing i guess fulling "using" up what i paid for as license fees.
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