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Old 12-18-2009, 09:55 PM   #1
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Temporary License

We finally took the plunge and bought an '07 in NY state from a private owner. What do I need for license, etc to tow it from NY to Arkansas, where it will be licensed. I can't license it beforehand as sale is contingent on our inspections.
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Old 12-18-2009, 10:10 PM   #2
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Welcome to the forums.

New York, like most states will issue you a temporary permit to transport a trailer. More information here:
NYS DMV - Vehicle Registration and Certificate of Title
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Old 12-18-2009, 11:24 PM   #3
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Richard,
That was in info I needed!
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Old 12-19-2009, 02:22 PM   #4
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Live on the wild side and just through any plate on there. I know it is wrong but I figure the chances of me getting pulled over is not that high. It is a risk but it adds excitement to the ride.

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Old 12-19-2009, 03:38 PM   #5
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I did the same as Nick - my PO was kind enough to offer his plate, and I drove the rig from NM to VA. I think it is unlikely that you'll get stopped.

I also let the purchaser of my old rig to take it home to OH using my tag. He had no issues either.

I think if I had been stopped, I'd just be respectful and deny any knowledge that I needed to have a license to get my new rig home.

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Old 12-19-2009, 04:57 PM   #6
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But if you do get stopped, then what? Let it sit by the road until you can work it out?

Check with the state where you have residency as well as NY about how to get a plate to bring it home. I know that raises complications, but it's the proper way. I would think you'd need to be a resident to get a temp. plate, but I haven't checked. You are basically a transporter in a sense and that may the plate you need. It all depends on the state laws. I think in some states you can tow a motor vehicle without a plate, but I don't know that would apply to trailers.

You also need insurance and that may require the vehicle is registered and has a lawful plate. If the selling party lets you use his plate and you don't have insurance (or even if you do), he may share liability.

I know people do all sorts of things to tow a vehicle or drive it home (such as taking a plate off a vehicle they own) because it gets to be a pain otherwise, but there are risks involved.

And, Bob, we stopped in Eureka Springs once and it's a pretty cool town.

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Old 12-19-2009, 07:34 PM   #7
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Our PO let us drive home 500 miles with their plate, when I got home I mailed it back to them.
We called our Ins co on the way home and told them to take over the insurance.
We were going to just drive home without any plates, just a bill of sale in case we were stopped.
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But if you do get stopped, then what? Let it sit by the road until you can work it out?

Check with the state where you have residency as well as NY about how to get a plate to bring it home. I know that raises complications, but it's the proper way. I would think you'd need to be a resident to get a temp. plate, but I haven't checked. You are basically a transporter in a sense and that may the plate you need. It all depends on the state laws. I think in some states you can tow a motor vehicle without a plate, but I don't know that would apply to trailers.
This is good advice. I've found that there is a wide variation from state to state as to what is required. When I bought my truck in MA I was told they had no such thing as a temporary plate. The dealer loaned me a Dealer's Plate (with a $500 refundable deposit on a credit card) to get it as far at NY state, where I got a temporary plate. It made no difference to NY that I was not a resident. Ontario told me that they would only issue a temporary plate within a certain number of days of the purchase - I can't remember how many days, but it wasn't long - maybe 6 or 10 days.
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Old 12-19-2009, 10:54 PM   #9
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Welcome aboard..

I picked up a boat and trailer in Mountain Home Ark. back in October.

I would go to your Motor Vehicle Dept first, give them the VIN number and see if they can help 'ya out. I know from experience it will be a lot easier.
Cost us 2 bucks for a transport tag and took 5 min.

When I went to NC last year to pick up the Burb, NYS would not issue a temp tag to bring it back, no such thing in NY. Had to use a dealer plate.

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Old 12-19-2009, 11:23 PM   #10
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Thanks for all the advice!
I'll try the legal way first, but don't want to make numerous trips to talk to someone about improper paperwork,
Backup plan will be to take my "permanent trailer" plate off of my cargo trailer. It just makes me nervous, even if I have ins. papers, title and bill of sale.
Maybe I should be more concerned about the weather!!

Thanks again, this is a great group!!

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Where/When, in NY are you headed?

Here in WNY most of our snow has melted along Lake Erie. 20mi south in ski country, not so much. But that could change in 20min.

As I said we had no problem at all getting a transport plate in Arkansas when we were there in October.

I have never been to a NY DMV and gotten out in less than an hour and a half.
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Transport permits are cheap and will cover you. If the old plate was on the trailer I would leave it, but putting on a plate that does not belong to the trailer is asking for trouble. The most important document you will need though is a Bill of Sale which will show you just bought the trailer. I would also check with your insurance company to make sure you are covered for any liability connected with the transport.
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