Driving across the country with an unregistered car.
April 23, 2009 6:14 PM Subscribe
I'm moving to California and need to drive car there this summer. Difficulty: the car is currently garaged in Pennsylvania, without tags, and uninsured; I reside in New York City with a DC license (but could transfer that to NY license if necessary). Uhaul/shipping the car is out of the question.
posted by kdar to Travel & Transportation (8 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Backstory is in this ask.mefi question
; I moved to NYC two years ago and garaged my car in Pennsylvania after mailing my plates to DC and canceling the insurance. Now, I'm about ready to move to San Francisco, and I'm going to drive my car from NYC to SF along with my cats and my electronics. I will be shipping the rest of my stuff; a uhaul that's able to tow my car costs on par with estimates for moving companies, so I'd rather save the hassle and just drive. The car is running and will have a tune-up before it goes on this trip.
My question is: I need to figure out how to legally register and insure the car for a cross-country trip, when the car is in Pennsylvania, I live in New York City, I hold a DC license, and the car and I will eventually reside in California. I would like to keep this as simple as possible. Do I, in order of preference:
- (Magically, through some process I am not yet aware of) Register and insure the car in California while it is in Pennsylvania;
- Register and insure the car in Pennsylvania (how?), and get my license converted to a PA license through somewhat sketchy means; or
- Register and insure the car in NYC without it being physically present, as that is where I reside, having my DC license converted to an NY licence;
- Something that I haven't thought of.
Everything that I've seen so far deals with driving a car that's already registered across the country. I would just register it in Pennsylvania and re-register in California, but they require that you be a full-time resident there, with a driver's license, to register a car.