On the Road: Car been parked on your street for years? Here’s what to do
By Amy Bentley
Q: Hemet resident Anne Kraft wrote to report that there are two cars parked in her neighborhood that have been there for more than two years. Both cars still have out-of-state license plates. She asked where she could report them.
A: If those cars have been parked in a Hemet neighborhood for two years with out-of-state plates, their owners could be breaking state law.
By law, vehicle owners who move to California must register their out-of-state vehicles within 20 days of the date they accept employment or establish residency in California, Department of Motor Vehicles spokesman Artemio Armenta said. There is an exception, though, for nonresident military personnel who do not need to register their cars in California.
The state loses millions of dollars each year in revenue from California residents who unlawfully register their vehicles in other states or countries, or who don’t register when they move here, the California Highway Patrol reports.
The CHP says the top three reasons people don’t register their cars once they move to California are:
1. They aren’t aware of California’s registration laws
2. They want to avoid paying the new registration fees and taxes
3. They can’t comply with local air pollution control laws.
The CHP’s “CHEATERS” program can be used to report information for vehicles registered out-of-state if it’s believed the vehicles should be registered in California. The online form is at https://www.chp.ca.gov/notify-chp/cheaters-out-of-state-(out-of-state-registration-violators).
Those without internet access or who prefer not to report suspected cheaters online can contact their local CHP office. Tell the officer the vehicle’s make, model and color; the license number and where it is registered; where the vehicle is located (city and street); and when it was seen there.
Kraft’s nearest CHP offices are in Temecula or Riverside. The Temecula CHP office is at 951-506-2000; Riverside’s office is at 951-637-8000.
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