Air Force

October 19, 2012

Vehicle registration options while assigned to March

by Capt. Matthew Mackey
452 AMW staff judge advocate

California law ordinarily requires that a person register their vehicle in California within 20 days, ‘after gainful employment is accepted or residency is established in this state,’ according to California Vehicle Code § 6700. However, C.V.C. § 6701, provides a specific exception for active-duty military members, when the following conditions are met:

  1. The out-of-state license plates are valid and current.
  2. The vehicle registration and license plates were issued in the name of the military member or his or her spouse.
  3. The out-of-state license plates and registration were issued by the state where the member was last assigned, or the state where the member claims permanent residence.
  4. The vehicle or driver of the vehicle is properly insured.

Please note that this exception does not apply to vehicles that are used for commercial purposes — so, if you or your spouse has a business requiring the use of a vehicle, that vehicle must be registered in California.

Instead of registering or renewing your vehicle out-of-state, it may be more convenient to register your vehicle in California. Active-duty military members who register their vehicles in California are exempted from paying a portion of the normal registration fees. California vehicle registration has two components: a flat rate fee based primarily on the class of vehicle (which military members must pay if registering in California) and the vehicle licensing fee, which is essentially an annual property tax based on the value of your vehicle (which members are exempted from paying).

Keep in mind that even with the VLF exemption, your annual California registration fees may run between $50 and $125. To receive the VLF exemption, a California DMV form REG 5045 must be included with your registration application.

When deciding whether to register your vehicle in California, it is important to consider that your state of permanent legal residence may interpret this as an indication that you want to change your state of permanent legal residence to California — which could lead to unintended state income tax consequences. In other words, if you are a permanent legal resident of a state with no income tax, you may not want to register your vehicle in California.

Finally, if you are buying a new vehicle and will be registering it in California, in addition to California registration fees, you will also be required to pay California sales tax.

For more information on when and where you can get legal assistance at March, contact your respective legal office:

For Category ‘A’ reservists contact 951- 655-4454, located at 875 Adams Blvd., Bldg. 115.

Guard members contact 951-655-2308, located at 1620 Graeber St. Bldg. 2270.

Active duty members, contact 951-655-4479, located at 875 Adams Blvd., Bldg. 115.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Russell S. McMillan

March Key Spouse Program kicks off initial training

U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Russell S. McMillan Valerie Fioretta, key spouse facilitator and director of the Airman and Family Readiness Center, March Air Reserve Base, explains an exercise to participants during an init...
 
 

‘Tis the season for holiday health

The holidays are a great opportunity to enjoy time with family and friends, celebrate life, to be grateful, and reflect on what’s important. They are also a time to appreciate the gift of health. Here are some holiday tips to support your efforts for health and safety this season. Wash your hands often. Keeping hands...
 
 

California DMV to unveil Veteran driver license, ID card

Late next year, California’s nearly two million Veterans will have the chance to get a special Veteran marking on their California driver license or ID card. The word “VETERAN” on their card will indicate they have served in the United States Armed Forces. The Veteran designation will cost an additional $5. To get the new...
 

 

Safety Tips for this holiday season

It’s that time of year once again, and the March ARB Fire Prevention wants to ensure your safety during the holiday season. It is our pleasure to share the following safety tips to help you enjoy the holiday season. Only flame-proof decorations are authorized for use on March ARB. Special decorations or temporary arrangements for...
 
 

CAL FIRE warns of home heating dangers during winter storms

As a major winter storm prepares to hit California, CAL FIRE is reminding residents to take steps to heat their homes safely. While the cooler weather and rain is a welcomed event during a time of severe drought in California, it also means that many will need to turn on home heating sources to keep...
 
 

Gen. Hyten: Future of AF is air, space, cyberspace integration

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The commander of Air Force Space Command talked about the fundamental relationship between space operations and everyday life – not only for the military, but for the American people – during a breakfast at the Capitol Hill Club, Dec. 5. Gen. John E. Hyten, the AFSPC commander, explained the complexities of global...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin