Can I register a car in NY and drive it into Canada right away? How?
July 30, 2014 4:03 PM Subscribe
I'm leaving NYC on Friday and driving to Canada for 12 days. I have a rental booked, but also just bought a car out of state and had it delivered to a mechanic. They did a safety inspection and some minor work that will not be completed until Friday, the same day I need to leave. The car does not have temporary out of state tags or license plates but I have an appointment with the DMV on Thursday. If possible, I'd like to drive this vehicle to Canada but am very skeptical of the timeline.
The DMV website says I will receive the plates, registration sticker, registration document and inspection extension sticker 1 to 2 weeks after my DMV appointment. I know you can drive a car with temporary tags over the border, but my question is will I walk away from the DMV on Thursday with everything I need to cross the border, or do is that 1-2 week lag going to screw me? I keep seeing online that I will walk away from the DMV with temporary tags and a 10 day inspection sticker but it seems like that sticker would expire while I'm in Canada, and I'm not sure they'd recognize it anyway. This is what I have ready for my DMV appointment tomorrow:
- Completed form MV-82
- Signed out of state title of the vehicle with no liens. Title has never been transferred before and is transferred over to me.
- Signed bill of sale.
- Signed odometer and damage disclosure form.
- Proof of insurance.
- Completed form DTF-82 (sales tax form).
I'm kind of prepared for the fact that I will most likely need to just take the rental car, but I'm kind of hoping against hope that there's some way to get this all sorted out in 2 days.