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We took my wife's car in for it's required annual inspection yesterday. We were unable to find the current registration paperwork, so we said we would print a new one at home and bring by later. So, imagine my surprise when I logged into the state website to discover that the car hasn't been registered for the last year. I'm usually pretty good about handling bills and paperwork as they come in, but a report through quicken verified that, indeed, we hadn't ever paid for the registration last year. Did we never receive the reminder notice? Did we misplace it? No idea. A year or so ago, Pennsylvania stopped sending out the little registration stickers to put on the license plate that indicate the car is registered. So it never even crossed our mind that the car registration had elapsed. And apparently last year, we had the inspection done just before the new registration was required.

But, anyway it's now registered (for 2 years - a little cheaper if we keep it for 2 years) and the garage completed the inspection. Surprisingly, nothing in the process that suggests that we owe back fees or a fine for non-compliance. So, we actually saved money by not having the car registered last year. I wouldn't recommend this, though, as getting stopped could have been costly, and doing this intentionally would not exactly be legal/ethical.

I should probably make a list of all of those annual/multi-year things to review regularly, and/or put on my calendar.

Off the top of my head:

Driver's license (every 4 years)
Passport (every 10 years)
car registration (1-2 years)
taxes - Federal, State, Local, Property(x3) (annual)
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Texas still sends out stickers for the front window with the month/date in BIG letters. Of course, you've got to look at it every now and then. They do send out registration notices. Just sent mine in - you've got to get a car inspection first, and send in copy of insurance card, too. And $76 a year.

Inspection cost $25 and the inspection station checks the lights/turn signals, brakes, and plugs into the OBD port and has the car tell them if it is still meeting pollution requirements.

Took all of about 25 minutes the last time.

Drivers licenses here are good for 5 years or so....you can usually renew on line unless you have a bunch of tickets then you got to show up in person.

New cars go 2 years before the first inspection.


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We took my wife's car in for it's required annual inspection yesterday.

We've got a weird deal here in Texas. My registration is due in March. The state of Texas mails you a reminder that it's due and you receive this notice in January. So you have to keep this little letter for a couple of months on your desk hoping you won't forget it until you get your vehicle inspected. The tricky part is you can't renew until you get inspected and you can't get inspected until after March 1st.

Here's another weird deal (only in Texas). They want to know if you would like a reminder emailed to you next year. You say yes. So a couple of weeks later they send you an email that your license plate renewal is due. This email is really a reminder that 2019 is due not 2020. Wait a minute I just paid that a couple of days ago.

Any way at least I didn't have to go down to the DMV. Now that's a whole nuther story especially in Houston.

Regards,

ImAGolfer (retired '03)
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Ima Golfer: "We've got a weird deal here in Texas. My registration is due in March. The state of Texas mails you a reminder that it's due and you receive this notice in January. So you have to keep this little letter for a couple of months on your desk hoping you won't forget it until you get your vehicle inspected. The tricky part is you can't renew until you get inspected and you can't get inspected until after March 1st."


Actually, NO.....you need to get the vehicle inspected starting 90 days before the due date. If the due date is April, you can get your car inspected in Feb and March.....any time before 90 days. About the time the letter comes.

You didn't read the letter that comes with the renewal.

Also, since the inspection report goes into the state database, all you have to do is send in your 'proof of insurance' , check, and sign the form.

Just did that on the second car.

No one need to go anywhere near the DMV office, although the one here is easy to get to, and usually a five minute wait for things like this. It goes through your 'county assessor office'.

Drivers license test , car registration from out of state, title transfer requires going to the DMV zoo five miles away and likely waiting 30-90 minutes. No fun. On a real bad day, maybe 2 hours.

Every 10 years, you got to get new license plates for your car in TX whether you need them or not. Most of the time, mine are in fine shape. They come in the mail.


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No inspections or pollution control requirements in Wyoming, but there is an annual registration fee based on the value of the car.

Wyomingtim
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I should probably make a list of all of those annual/multi-year things to review regularly, and/or put on my calendar.

A good idea

Unlike your state, California has a significant penalty for not paying your registration. If you receive a state refund the state will take any overdue registration from the refund.
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I should probably make a list of all of those annual/multi-year things to review regularly, and/or put on my calendar.

I keep a yellow sticky note at the back of my calendar that lists all of those things that need to be renewed. So I track driver's licenses, car registrations, and DH's professional licenses. Some of these are good for multiple years, so in the year that they are due, I put a reminder in about a month before.

This has helped tremendously.
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