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Is it possible to have your car inspected in a different state? My car is registered in NJ (permanent address) but I haven't been there in over 3 years so I never had the chance to have it inspected there. I tried to have it inspected in RI but they said they can only inspect RI cars. Is there any way for me to get an inspection sticker without going back to NJ?
 

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Re: Out of state inspections... (VictoR6)

I am interested in this as well. Is it even legal to have your car registered in one state if it is mostly operated in another state for a prolonged period of time?
 

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Re: Out of state inspections... (Y2kSI)

the only way it is legal to keep a car registered in a state while living in another is to either be in the military or be going to college so register your car in RI and be done with it. if you are in the military and you need an inspection for base driving privledges then you can get RI to do it but you will need a NJ inspection soon after you enter NJ to be legal there. In cal you need to have your car registered w/i 10 days of taking up residence and yes, they do care and will ticket you for it.
 

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Re: Out of state inspections... (pkagel)

Ugh, I don't have a day off to goto the DMV for several months. Plus, does this mean I have to change insurance carriers? Apparently dealing with the DMV in RI is an all-day affair.
 

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Re: Out of state inspections... (VictoR6)

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Plus, does this mean I have to change insurance carriers? Apparently dealing with the DMV in RI is an all-day affair.

You should be able to keep your same insurance. I would call them and see if it'll be cheaper where you're at now though. I moved a while back and my insurance went WAY down.
 

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Re: Out of state inspections... (Ro-Bear)

Call NJ and see what they require. Tell them why you are living out of state and see what they tell you.
I lived in Utah, but came home to Maryland for an extended stay, wasnt school related or anything like that, I was just in between jobs and came home to live with the family for several months.
During that time my Utah registration came up for renewel which is every year and inspections were required every year. I called Utah and told them i was away from home for an indefinate period ot time and didnt even still hold an address in Utah because I let my apartment go, wasnt going to pay rent for all the months I wasnt there.
They said that I could be released from having the safety inspection done, but had to have it smog inspected where I was, and to just get the paperwork showing it passed and fill out the exemption forms that Utah would send me. I did and got my new stickers.
Just call them and find out. If you have a good reason for not living in NJ then they should have a way to accomadate you. Especially if you can show a permanent address in NJ.
 
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