When a person moves to California from another state, and brings their vehicle with them, are they required to register the vehicle in California? Or do they have the option of extending the registration of their vehicle with their home state?
According to pages of the CA DMV:
- New vehicles bought outside California must be registered in CA
- Unregistered vehicles must be registered within a few days of establishing CA residency
- Driving a vehicle with expired registration, whether with CA or another state, is unlawful
However, it is unclear to me what happens with old vehicles. Let's say someone lives in Arizona, buys a car there, registers it with Arizona for several years and has Arizona plates. This person then moves to California and obtains a California Driver's License. Do they have the option to simply extend the AZ registration of their car, while driving the car in CA? Or are they required to get CA plates soon after they become a CA resident (by getting a CA DL)?