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07 June 2005 @ 10:14 am
Relocation leftovers  
Stuff that I must still do:

1) Change my name on everything back to my maiden name
2) Register my car for New York State
3) Obtain a duplicate title 'cause I lost the original (may or may not be needed)
4) Get my car inspected
5) Buy car insurance for New York State (current PA policy expires at the end of the month)

The only problem with these things is, it seems there's this huge bureaucratic Catch-22 about which of them must be done first. Do I need insurance before I can register, or registration before I can insure, for instance? And the inspection thing is another tricky bit. I wasn't so worried about letting my current sticker expire because there are areas of Pennsylvania where vehicle inspection isn't necessary ("Golly-gee, Officer, I'm from East Bumfuck, PA. Don' need no fancy 'spections there!"). But it seems you need a valid inspection in order to register- even though they make you re-inspect as part of the registration process. WTF?

And if I don't get #1 done first, then someday I'll have to go through the hassle of changing my name on all the car-related stuff. I should be okay so long as I can get my name changed on Social Security quickly enough. I can do that when I have my divorce decree in hand. Been divorced for over a month now, but the decree is still sitting in Pittsburgh. My mom hasn't been out of the house much lately because of foot surgery, but now that she's up and about again for the most part (yay!), she'll be mailing it to me soon.

Today's Conclusion: Bureaucracy blows.
Current Mood: confusedconfused
Current Music: XIII
Purrsia Kat: groggypurrsia on June 7th, 2005 02:40 pm (UTC)
That sucks. I'm glad MI doesn't do those darn inspections lol Yeesh.

Good luck getting it all sorted!

Miusheri: Laramiusheri on June 7th, 2005 02:55 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Purrs!

Wow, the whole state of Michigan doesn't inspect? And people around here were incredulous that parts of PA don't inspect, hehe!
Aikidoka, dreamer, seeker, general purpose geekmanycolored on June 7th, 2005 03:14 pm (UTC)
New Hampshire doesn't require insurance, but it has RIDICULOUS inspection requirements, such as failing the inspection if you have so much as a speck of rust. And it's a real pain if you're in an accident with some uninsured Northwoodser.

I think I like the NY balance better than that anyway!
Purrsia Kat: bwahahapurrsia on June 7th, 2005 04:40 pm (UTC)
Nope. Lived here my whole life and I never even heard of state inspections on cars til I traveled around a bit/met people from other states.

methinks a statewide inspection law here would be political suicide. We are, afterall, home to the motor city, and the gear-head ratio per capita is probably staggering compared to other states. We like our classic cars here, dammit, and I have a feeling many wouldn't pass any kind of emissions inspections for starters. Not stock, anyway. And to tell the average gear head to put something on his classic that's not stock is risky business, my friend.

The downside, of course, is you see some frightening shit on the highways here. Like rattling rust buckets held together by nothing more than metal coat hangers and duct tape. Yikes.

Such is the price of freedom :-p

Aikidoka, dreamer, seeker, general purpose geekmanycolored on June 7th, 2005 02:49 pm (UTC)
My 2 cents, but with inflation the way it is...
You need proof of insurance to register. You can get insurance before you're registered, but you have to add your car when you register (I think.)

NYS inspections run about $30 at Firestone, and the one in Latham is very good (usually you can get a same-day appointment, and they're also open on Saturday and Sunday).

Go to the Troy DMV if at all possible. It's MUCH quicker and nicer than the Albany DMV.
Miusheri: Feliciamiusheri on June 7th, 2005 02:53 pm (UTC)
Re: My 2 cents, but with inflation the way it is...
Thanks! I'll keep this in mind.

Well, I did try to do the inspection a while back- and at least I know that you have to have a NYS registered car before you can get it inspected in NY. ^_^* I really hope I don't have to drive back to PA to get inspected.
Jeremyindigoboi76 on June 7th, 2005 04:23 pm (UTC)
the official policy in NYS is that you need to get reinspectedif you register a car here but if you have a valid sticker in your window they wont ask for more they never do. so my advice is get it inspected before you register
Miusherimiusheri on June 7th, 2005 04:57 pm (UTC)
::nods:: Sounds logical, right? But when has state policy ever been logical? I tried to get my car inspected first, but they wouldn't do the inspection because my car wasn't registered in New York. ::slams head against wall::

Catch-22, I tell ya!

I may have to drive back to PA to get it inspected there before I get the car registered here. Which I won't be all too thrilled about...
Jeremyindigoboi76 on June 7th, 2005 04:59 pm (UTC)
well if you cant get anything done by tonight i have a friend who works at DMV ill talk to him about it let me know around 8
Miusheri: girmiusheri on June 7th, 2005 05:01 pm (UTC)
Thanks- will do! If he can even just tell me what order to do things in, that would rock.
Jeremyindigoboi76 on June 7th, 2005 05:02 pm (UTC)
np hes an online friend so i prob wont see him till later but will send you a post as soon as i hear from him
Chia de Boskchiasmushf on June 8th, 2005 12:31 am (UTC)
BTW, I'm liable to be at Princeton before too terribly long. Just thought I'd mention. :D
Miusherimiusheri on June 8th, 2005 02:11 am (UTC)
Oh, neat! Think you can swing a trip slightly westward? ;)

Keep me apprised, we'll see what happens!
Lisa Maesielisamaesie on June 8th, 2005 03:21 am (UTC)
Jonathan insured his car locally before registering it locally -- in fact, he STILL hasn't registered it locally, because he needed his birth certificate to do so. ::eyeroll:: Anyway. Just information.
Miusherimiusheri on June 8th, 2005 02:06 pm (UTC)
Heh! I'll need my passport to register here, which thankfully I do have. I just think it's weird how your passport is better to have when applying for a driver's license than a driver's license from another state.

Good to know, though- just in case I don't figure out this mess before my current policy expires, I can get another policy!
Lisa Maesielisamaesie on June 8th, 2005 06:29 pm (UTC)
Well, if you have your out of state driver's license, they won't make you retest or anything. Or at least that was what I did.
Miusherimiusheri on June 8th, 2005 06:45 pm (UTC)
::nods:: Yeah, I have that going for me at least! ;) In fact, even if your license is expired, you can still avoid the retest if the expiration is less than a year old.
Jeremyindigoboi76 on June 9th, 2005 05:47 am (UTC)
ok i just talked to my friend at the DMV heres the order you need to do this in:
1. get insurance card
2. get NYS licence they wont register a car here without one
3. register car 9you will get a temp inspection sticker good for 45 days)
4 inspection within 45 days

thats it hope it helps
Miusheri: girmiusheri on June 9th, 2005 02:11 pm (UTC)
Sweet! Thanks! =)
Jeremyindigoboi76 on June 9th, 2005 04:15 pm (UTC)
np good luck