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I have been thinking ... if California sends the car with that small sticker in the front window, why not take the data, put it on a license-plate sized firm paper (well made, computer printer, etc.) and slap it on the back. You get pulled, you produce the actual California document that supports the temp tag. I would doubt that there are any osifers (officers) here who have too much knowledge of California temporary registration plates. ????
@stephenpace: How many days prior to delivery did you get the paperwork to register your car?
I don't remember at this point. A week or two at least.
So here's the process following the "finalize" step (as I see it at this point, based on various reports):
- Tesla contacts you with VIN and shipment date, advises of balance due.
- You pay the balance due.
- About a week or two prior to shipment, Tesla sends you some California paperwork to sign.
- You return it to Tesla
- Prior to shipment (hopefully), Tesla sends you the Certificate of Origin, Texas Application for Title and other paperwork. (If not, see below.)
- You file the Application for Title with your County Tax Office, pay the sales tax, show proof of insurance and get your registration sticker and license plates (temp or otherwise).
- Your vehicle is delivered. You attach license plate(s) and go get a state inspection.
- You receive your Texas Title in the mail sometime later.
Note: If you get the car before you get the Texas paperwork to register it, you can get temporary tags at the DMV for $25 to allow you to drive the car for up to 30 days.
Last edited by TXjak; 01-09-2013 at 08:34 PM. Reason: Added two steps for extra Calif. docs and what to do if paperwork is late.
It is my understanding that you have to obtain a Green Sheet from the inspection station, which I believe is just an affirmation that the VIN# that you are subsequently going to submit to the DMV is accurate. I am not positive that this step is necessary as I am still awaiting on finalizing my insurance coverage before going through the registration process. If the Green Sheet is really a part of the process that would mean that you have to take your car to the inspection station for the VIN# verification prior to going to the DMV. I would like to get everything settled before my car arrives. Hopefully the Green Sheet step is not necessary and that Tesla's Final MVPA is suitable for registration with the DMV.
"These go to eleven..."
Guess the next person to do it will tell us. I didn't have it, though. I got the plates without the car and got it inspected the day after I received it since I received it late in the day.
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