You’ve organized the move, packed boxes, and shipped the car to your new state. Just when you think everything is going well, bam! – the DMV is on your back. You’ve been slapped with penalties for not ticking all the boxes when you shipped your car to a new state.
If you want to know how people go about shipping cars to another state minus the DMV headache, read on.
Whether you’re relocating, buying a car, in the military, are a student shipping a car to or from campus, you need to know how to ship a vehicle across states without penalties from the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). If you’re relocating to another state, it’s a good idea to ship your car.
Why? Because it’s safer and often turns out cheaper than driving it across the country. It leaves your focus where it needs to be – sorting out the rest of the move details.
When you ship your car to another state, you’ll need to tick a few boxes to avoid problems. Let’s look at a quick list to get you moving onto those other important items on your moving to-do list.
You’re not required by law to supply proof of insurance when you ship your vehicle. Most shipping companies will want to see this though. You can present a copy of the insurance certificate if they request proof.
The long-distance auto shipping company will need to prove the car your shipping is actually yours. It makes sense they want to check you have the right to ship it before they go ahead and help you with it.
The shipping company will want some official photo ID to make sure the registration documents really are yours. Make sure the photo ID you present is still valid. A passport or driver’s license will do the job nicely.
You don’t need to show the shipping company a driver’ license with your new address on it. But it’s a good idea need to make an appointment to get a driver’s license for the new state soon after arriving.
This document isn’t something the shipping company will need prior, but it’s one you need to know about if you want to ship a car to another state. The bill of landing is a document the shipping company prepares, and they’ll want you present while they get it ready. You’ll want to check all details are accurate before signing.
Make sure both the driver and company representative sign it too. This document is your evidence in the unlikely event of any damage happening to your car. If the car presents with some damage it didn’t have when you checked it in for shipping, you can use this document to claim compensation.
That’s why it’s so important you check they prepare it correctly and that you make sure every required signature is on it, so it’s valid.
This document is the kicker when it comes to avoiding the DMV headache when you’re shipping cars to another state. Once you ship your car to a new state, transfer the car title to the new location. If you don’t do this you can be hit with penalties.
Some states ask for an emissions test as part of the process. Fill in the title transfer request and give them the existing registration and title. They’ll likely want the insurance certificate and vehicle identification number (VIN) too.
Pay the title transfer fees, and you’re on your way to smooth sailing….down the open road of your new state!
There you go – everything you need to know about shipping cars to another state. As long as you transfer the title to the new state on arrival, you’ll avoid those DMV penalties. So now all that’s left is to find a professional shipping company with an excellent reputation.
Don’t risk your vehicle with a company that doesn’t know what they’re doing. Elevation Transport Service has a whole lot of experience and a solid reputation when it comes to long-distance auto transportation. Get in touch for a free instant quote today!