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Sooooo, I just found out we are probably moving, fairly soon, from Colorado to California. I've had my car down in the States for quite a while now, being wishy-washy about what to do with it, but I know I really need to import and register it down here (yeah, I know I should have already done this and am probably breaking all kinds of rules....oops).

So, my question is:

Should I import it and register it in CO, or should I wait and register it in Cali??

In Colorado, I know I have to pay sales tax to register it. I am not sure exactly what this is based on or how much I'll be on the hook for.

I don't know what the rule is in California. But if I have to pay sales tax there too, it seems silly to register it in Colorado for a few months, then pay tax again to register it in Calif.

Thoughts or advice, any of you wise ones??

Similarly, I have still not applied for a driving license. I think in CO I only have to take a written test. Does CA require a test or will my Canadian one be a sufficient trade?

My next major hurdle is my Toyota Loan. I just found out I am not supposed to have the car down there. Oops again. I never knew that....Man, I wish I was not so attached to this car!!! I should just sell it.....

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Concurrent I-130 and AOS

Nov 30 2007 - I enter US as a tourist to spend the ski season with my sweetie and figure out what we both want outta life - we plan on ending up in Canada, but...

Jan 30 2008 - We get married in Vegas! We decide to stay in the US.

Feb 08 2008 - File I-130, I-485, AP and EAD

Feb 11 2008 - Package arrives in Chicago

Feb 19 2008 - Receive NOA 1 for everything except I-485. NOA date Feb 15th

Feb 19 2008 - Touch I-130, AP, EAD

Feb 21 2008 - Receive I-485 NOA 1. NOA Date Feb 15th

Feb 22 2008 - Receive Biometrics notice, dated Feb 20th, for appointment March 11th

Feb 27 2008 - Walk in to Denver field office and have Biometrics taken early as the 11th March I'll be away

Apr 16 2008 - EAD card production ordered

Apr 16 2008 - AP approval sent

Apr 21 2008 - AP received in mail

Apr 21 2008 - EAD card production email received again - strange

Apr 24 2008 - EAD card approval notice sent email

Apr 26 2008 - EAD card received

May 03 2008 - Interview notice received -June 27th

May 22 2008 - Touch on I-485

June 09 2008 - I-130 finally shows up online and shows a touch that day, so does I-485

Jun 27 2008 - Interview - approved, stamped, received card production email. Ya-hoo!!!!

July 10 2008 - Card received

Total time from filing - approval: 4.5 months

MOVED TO SAN DIEGO!!

Lifting of Conditions

June 11 2010 - Package mailed

June 16 2010 - NOA date

July 2 2010 - Bio letter received - July 27th date

July 9 2010 - Early biometrics walk in San Marcos CA

Sept 16 2010 - Card production ordered

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http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/CARS/RULES/IMPORT...ada01192007.htm

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Lastly California has stricter emissions regs than most other states, so you may be able to import the car to the USA, but may be unable to register it in California.

Vehicles Purchased From Out of the Country

California has special requirements for vehicles imported from other countries (including Canada and Mexico). It may be very costly and in some cases impossible to modify these vehicles to meet California emission requirements and/or federal motor vehicle safety standards. For example, vehicles manufactured to be sold in Europe (gray market vehicles) less than two years old are not legal for registration or use in California.

http://www.dmv.ca.gov/pubs/brochures/fast_facts/ffvr29.htm

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http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/CARS/RULES/IMPORT...ada01192007.htm

This gets asked about often: http://www.visajourney.com/forums/index.ph...=128624&hl=

Lastly California has stricter emissions regs than most other states, so you may be able to import the car to the USA, but may be unable to register it in California.

Vehicles Purchased From Out of the Country

California has special requirements for vehicles imported from other countries (including Canada and Mexico). It may be very costly and in some cases impossible to modify these vehicles to meet California emission requirements and/or federal motor vehicle safety standards. For example, vehicles manufactured to be sold in Europe (gray market vehicles) less than two years old are not legal for registration or use in California.

http://www.dmv.ca.gov/pubs/brochures/fast_facts/ffvr29.htm

Thanks YuAndDan,

I think I am all clear on actually importing my car into the US (I know CA is a bit stricter about emissions but my car is very new - but more than 6 mos - so I think it'll be not too costly). My question more relates to actually registering it in that state. Will I have to pay sales tax in California to actually register it? You do in Colorado. So I'd like to avoid that by maybe waiting to officially import my car (I have a year to do that) and not registering at all in Colorado.

I know I should have registered it in CO within 30 days of being there (that's the state law), so I am running a risk waiting a bit longer till we are in CA. I am just not totally clear on what the rule is about registration in each state - the DMV websites are confusing.


Concurrent I-130 and AOS

Nov 30 2007 - I enter US as a tourist to spend the ski season with my sweetie and figure out what we both want outta life - we plan on ending up in Canada, but...

Jan 30 2008 - We get married in Vegas! We decide to stay in the US.

Feb 08 2008 - File I-130, I-485, AP and EAD

Feb 11 2008 - Package arrives in Chicago

Feb 19 2008 - Receive NOA 1 for everything except I-485. NOA date Feb 15th

Feb 19 2008 - Touch I-130, AP, EAD

Feb 21 2008 - Receive I-485 NOA 1. NOA Date Feb 15th

Feb 22 2008 - Receive Biometrics notice, dated Feb 20th, for appointment March 11th

Feb 27 2008 - Walk in to Denver field office and have Biometrics taken early as the 11th March I'll be away

Apr 16 2008 - EAD card production ordered

Apr 16 2008 - AP approval sent

Apr 21 2008 - AP received in mail

Apr 21 2008 - EAD card production email received again - strange

Apr 24 2008 - EAD card approval notice sent email

Apr 26 2008 - EAD card received

May 03 2008 - Interview notice received -June 27th

May 22 2008 - Touch on I-485

June 09 2008 - I-130 finally shows up online and shows a touch that day, so does I-485

Jun 27 2008 - Interview - approved, stamped, received card production email. Ya-hoo!!!!

July 10 2008 - Card received

Total time from filing - approval: 4.5 months

MOVED TO SAN DIEGO!!

Lifting of Conditions

June 11 2010 - Package mailed

June 16 2010 - NOA date

July 2 2010 - Bio letter received - July 27th date

July 9 2010 - Early biometrics walk in San Marcos CA

Sept 16 2010 - Card production ordered

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