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Old 07-17-2013, 11:25 PM   #1
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Question for California LEOs

I just moved to So Cal from Florida under military orders. I am a Florida resident, hold a FL license, and my car is titled and tagged in FL. Am I required to do anything to make my car California legal if I am only here temporarily under orders? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
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Old 07-17-2013, 11:48 PM   #2
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Nope you should be ok. I know a few military guys who did the same and left their cars registered in Florida. The only problem you may run into is if you get pulled over repeatedly. Then they may make you change your license and register your vehicle here. There are a ton of people who live here part of the year so as long as you don't attract to much attention you should be ok.
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If you are under military orders you are not required to change your license or registration. Civilians have 30 days to change.
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Old 07-18-2013, 04:38 AM   #4
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You will have to get a smog check to get base stickers, but let the shop know it is ONLY for base stickers and they shouldn't give you any grief over your mods.

Where you are here in Temecula, take it over to Consult-A-Tech at
28671 Calle Cortez and talk to Tim or his wife Carrie. They will take care of ya without any drama. Just tell then Rick with the Camaro sent ya.

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Old 07-18-2013, 05:56 AM   #5
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If you are under military orders you are not required to change your license or registration. Civilians have 30 days to change.
Yep, this is exactly right. While in the military you are a resident of your home of record, which for you it sounds like is Florida. You aren't required to change anything with license/registration, but you definitely should update your insurance policy.

Source: I am prior military, USN.
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Old 07-18-2013, 10:11 AM   #6
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You will have to get a smog check to get base stickers, but let the shop know it is ONLY for base stickers and they shouldn't give you any grief over your mods.

Where you are here in Temecula, take it over to Consult-A-Tech at
28671 Calle Cortez and talk to Tim or his wife Carrie. They will take care of ya without any drama. Just tell then Rick with the Camaro sent ya.

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Awesome, thank you. I have my stickers from Florida, but I won't be required to go on base for a few years. My full time job is to be a student at SDSU for now. Pretty sweet gig.
I am working on buying a house in Harveston right now. Planning to move in within the next 2 weeks or so. Where abouts are you?
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Yep, this is exactly right. While in the military you are a resident of your home of record, which for you it sounds like is Florida. You aren't required to change anything with license/registration, but you definitely should update your insurance policy.

Source: I am prior military, USN.
Already changed my policy. Surprisingly enough, it's much cheaper here than Pensacola.
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Old 07-18-2013, 12:06 PM   #8
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Since you mentioned you will be at a university...

When I started at my university all the people with out of state plates got tickets about 30 days in.

This was in 1981 and I am not a LEO.
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Since you mentioned you will be at a university...

When I started at my university all the people with out of state plates got tickets about 30 days in.

This was in 1981 and I am not a LEO.

I won't be using my Camaro as a daily driver because of the gas, so that won't be an issue. I'll be using a beater that is registered in Ca to commute to school. Either way, I'm still on Active duty, so it shouldn't be an issue anyway.
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Awesome, thank you. I have my stickers from Florida, but I won't be required to go on base for a few years. My full time job is to be a student at SDSU for now. Pretty sweet gig.
I am working on buying a house in Harveston right now. Planning to move in within the next 2 weeks or so. Where abouts are you?
all i studied at sdsu is beer and blondes...goodluck
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Awesome, thank you. I have my stickers from Florida, but I won't be required to go on base for a few years. My full time job is to be a student at SDSU for now. Pretty sweet gig.
I am working on buying a house in Harveston right now. Planning to move in within the next 2 weeks or so. Where abouts are you?
I'm up in Menifee but work in Temecula.

Which program did you make it into MECP, STA21, etc? I've been out for almost 5 years so I'm sure they have change a thing or two. lol


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Old 07-19-2013, 01:14 PM   #12
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I'm up in Menifee but work in Temecula.

Which program did you make it into MECP, STA21, etc? I've been out for almost 5 years so I'm sure they have change a thing or two. lol


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MECP. Not much has changed with regards to Officer Programs. They recently changed the required commitment from 10 years to 8, but that's about it.
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Old 07-19-2013, 11:50 PM   #13
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Congrats. A buddy of mine went into the nursing program and said screw it and was able to switch it up and became a Dr. He should be putting Cdr on this year.


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Old 07-20-2013, 12:11 AM   #14
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Thanks. That's actually my ultimate goal. I'm 15 years in now so I have another 15 years to make it happen. Would definitely be cool to retire with a DR in front of my name.
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Old 07-20-2013, 10:28 AM   #15
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Too much school for me. I finally finished my BA and am seriously considering calling it quits. I watched my wife go through grad school for 2 PhDs and I think I deserve one of them just for putting up with it. lol


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Old 07-20-2013, 09:20 PM   #16
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Yeah man, it gets stressful. I finished my BA a few years ago and wanted to just stop there as well. This opportunity is too good to pass up though, so I'm gonna continue on and get as much education out of the Navy as possible while I'm in. It'll all be worth it when the time comes to retire.
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