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Texas registration issues and steps to navigate them

Discussion in 'Texas' started by dsm363, Nov 15, 2012.

  1. sublimaze1

    sublimaze1 8Dec2012 / Leeroy Jenkins

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    Good to know. Things have changed. In 2008, I brought in a car from South Carolina and was not able to complete the transaction (taxes, registration, plates) until I had the green sheet. I believe I had posted some old information in this thread, so I stand corrected.

    WJ
     
  2. jerry33

    jerry33 S85 - VIN:P05130 - 3/2/13

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    I'm not too worried about that. I drove for a few months without an inspection sticker not all that long ago (I did have a current registration sticker). It was the driving to the inspection station with no plates that I was concerned with.
     
  3. sublimaze1

    sublimaze1 8Dec2012 / Leeroy Jenkins

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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. ????
     
  4. TXjak

    TXjak Owner/Investor/Advocate

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    @stephenpace: How many days prior to delivery did you get the paperwork to register your car?

    JAK
     
  5. stephenpace

    stephenpace VIN S00219

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    I don't remember at this point. A week or two at least.
     
  6. dsm363

    dsm363 Roadster + Sig Model S

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    I can't remember exactly at this point either but think it arrived a week before as well. I don't believe they sent the title right away which I needed so I couldn't go until the day after I got my car.
     
  7. TXjak

    TXjak Owner/Investor/Advocate

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    #27 TXjak, Nov 23, 2012
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    Texas Delivery & Registration Process

    So here's the process following the "finalize" step (as I see it at this point, based on various reports):

    1. Tesla contacts you with VIN and shipment date, advises of balance due.
    2. You pay the balance due.
    3. About a week or two prior to shipment, Tesla sends you some California paperwork to sign.
    4. You return it to Tesla
    5. Prior to shipment (hopefully), Tesla sends you the Certificate of Origin, Texas Application for Title and other paperwork. (If not, see below.)
    6. 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).
    7. Your vehicle is delivered. You attach license plate(s) and go get a state inspection.
    8. 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.

    JAK
     
  8. sublimaze1

    sublimaze1 8Dec2012 / Leeroy Jenkins

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    Thanks TXjak. That summary will do nicely.

    (until Texas goes all Massachusetts on us and starts filing injunctions on registration!)
     
  9. STxTesla

    STxTesla Sig #1278

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    JAK,

    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.
     
  10. stephenpace

    stephenpace VIN S00219

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    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.
     
  11. STxTesla

    STxTesla Sig #1278

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    I hope that I am the next person. Sent my check and final paperwork back to Tesla last weekend.
    I am expecting that I get the car next weekend. I am going to try getting my registration this week.
     
  12. TXjak

    TXjak Owner/Investor/Advocate

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    #32 TXjak, Nov 24, 2012
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    It looks like it is not necessary (see stephenpace's comment). The VIN on the Certificate of Origin seems like it should suffice.

    JAK
     
  13. STxTesla

    STxTesla Sig #1278

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    So...I called the tax office vehicle registration dept. and asked about what I would need to get my plates.
    They said,

    1. Bill of Sale - proof of purchase
    2. Manufacturer Certificate of Origin
    3. Proof of insurance - current insurance card (does not have to list the Tesla yet....I told them that the car has not delivered yet and so I haven't started coverage)
    4. Payment for the taxes due

    I do not recall receiving a Certificate of Origin from Tesla in the final paperwork package. Would that be the same as the MVPA?
     
  14. TXjak

    TXjak Owner/Investor/Advocate

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    #34 TXjak, Nov 26, 2012
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    It looks like it should be in the final packet Tesla sends to you. (This packet was from before the change, but it says there is an "MCO" and a Title Application.)

    If you don't have the MCO, you probably haven't received the final paperwork, IMO.

    JAK
     
  15. NeverEnough

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    Isn't the Bill of Sale given at delivery? It would seem the Bill of Sale being required to receive plates means I can't get the plates before delivery.
     
  16. TXjak

    TXjak Owner/Investor/Advocate

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    My guess is that the final MVPA serves as the Bill of Sale.

    JAK
     
  17. dsm363

    dsm363 Roadster + Sig Model S

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    I believe that is correct.
     
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    TXJak's post suggests we pay the balance before delivery. I thought I had read we hand the check over when the car arrives. Anyone know?
     
  19. Babylonfive

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    Yea, I thought especially for Texas we have to pre-pay.
     
  20. STxTesla

    STxTesla Sig #1278

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    I was told by my DS that they cannot load the car on the delivery truck until the final payment has been made.
     

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