Register a bike Arizona help?

Discussion in 'West – California, the desert southwest and whatev' started by ciedema, Nov 28, 2012.

  1. ciedema

    ciedema мотоциклист

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    Hi All,

    I am currently touring the US and I have a BC (Canada) registered 990. The registration expires on Dec 9 and it has been suggested to me that the best way to go is to permanently import it into the US and register it in Arizona. I am an Australian citizen currently on a Tourist Visa to the US.

    I am wondering if

    a) Anyone has done this and the steps involved
    b) If some has an address I can use to register it.
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  2. Jeff aka BOLT

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    AZ has a simple process. But if you don't have famiiy in AZ it's probably not a great idea. Offering a false address on state docs does carry the weight of purgery in some states.

    On the flip side, they do allow a mailing address to just about anywhere for renewals.
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  3. lamotovita

    lamotovita Ageing Adventurer

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    You may be able to buy an Arizona trip permit thats good for 60 or 90 days.
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  4. mergatroyd

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    Assuming you are in the state, your best bet is probably a "third party provider." I have found them to be far more efficient than the MVD offices, plus they should answer your questions over the phone. there is a "service fee" added to the cost of the transaction, but it's worth it to me (something like $20 for a vehicle registration).

    If you are out of state... I suspect it will be more difficult.

    It would also appear there is some other paperwork you may need to acquire from Customs
    https://help.cbp.gov/app/answers/de...d-vehicle,-car-or-motorcycle-in-the-u.s.-with

    And according to HUBB, you should get a letter from the EPA... details: http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/hubb/trip-transport/customs-problems-in-anchorage-51292

    There is also the EPA rules: http://www.epa.gov/otaq/imports/canadian.htm

    I would also stay out of Maricopa County (where Phoenix is) because they are the only county in the entire country to have emissions testing for motorcycles.
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  5. sandwash

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    Ya I was in Cali,I had AZ send my reg to Yucca Valley.There was NO way I was going to reg my stuff in Cali..33$(two year) was WAY better then to go through all Cali's BS.Back in AZ I reg my bike bike for 5 years(2017 sticker) for 66$
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  6. ciedema

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    Thanks all for the replies.

    The customs paperwork seems pretty straight forward and the EPA testing should be okay also, the bike is current complaint I haven't done any mods to emission system, it even has the right stickers on it.

    sandwash - how did you get the AZ Dot to send the rego out of state?
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  7. mergatroyd

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    I don't live in that part of the state, but I have read some horror stories of stock bikes in good repair not passing. But stickers are good.

    Where are you right now? in my searching, it seemed that some other states were equally or nearly as painless...
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  8. ciedema

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    We are in Missouri at the moment, heading to California on Route 66.
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  9. mergatroyd

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    These two are on your route in order of appearance:

    <table><tbody><tr><td style="vertical-align:text-top;text-align:left;width:225px;">ARIZONA LOAN SOLUTIONS MOTOR VEHICLE CENTER
    4401 N HWY 89 STE 1
    FLAGSTAFF , AZ 86004
    Phone: (928) 527-3757
    </td><td style="white-space:nowrap;vertical-align:text-top;text-align:left;">
    Map & directions</td></tr><tr><td style="vertical-align:text-top;text-align:left;width:225px;">FOOTEWORK AUTO LICENSE& TITLE SERVICE
    820 W ROUTE 66
    WILLIAMS , AZ 86046
    Phone: (928) 635-2006
    </td><td style="white-space:nowrap;vertical-align:text-top;text-align:left;">
    Map & directions</td></tr></tbody></table>
    I would call them...
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    Thanks!
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    Northern AZ does not require SMOG testing. :rofl

    If you need a place to crash PM me or we can just get a beer if I am available.
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  12. DSM8

    DSM8 Where fun goes to die....

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    That is the one I used, with very good results. They are not as political as some of the other DMV's if that makes any sense.
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  13. ciedema

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    Thanks all! drdfblackm - I will be in touch!
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  14. ravenranger

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    I'm in Tucson (southern part of state) but feel free to PM me if you need an address.

    Arizona will even let folks put an out of state address on their driver's license to licensing the bike shouldn't be too bad!

    BTW, if you're in the state in March, come on over and join a whole bunch of dual-sport folks at the DualSportDesertDaze event (www.dualsportdesertdaze.com).

    Official ADV thread is here:

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=844407


    March 14-17, 2013 down in the Dragoon Mountains of Southern Arizona.
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  15. Jeff aka BOLT

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    Even in the phoenix area there is no smog testing requirement unless the bike is old. 6 years.
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  16. ciedema

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    Hey thanks for that - I hope to still be in the US then. I can always ride over from where ever I am.
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  17. ciedema

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    Now that I have done this I though I would update the thread for others to see.

    This is a ridiculously easy process (compared to anything Australia anyway)

    • Brought insurance online (used Progressive) and printed the temp insurance ID document.
    • Filled in the EPA 3520-1 and DOT HS-7
    • Went to the customs office at the Phoenix Airport, filled in another form, the engine capacity meant no duty was payable.
    • Went the MVD, you can't use an agency as it must be inspected for the relevant EPA and DOT stickers, VIN and Engine numbers. As they wanted to see the VIN and Engine nos, good idea to know where they are - for me this meant pulling some stuff off the bike (fairing and sidestand).
    • Then just went inside to get the rest of the paperwork and plate. Two years was $364. They weren't interested in the customs paperwork at all, so I think probably could have avoided that aswell.
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  18. seabee1

    seabee1 we build, we fight

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    Tell you what. I'll make you a deal. Just sign the bike over to me, and I'll register it for you! :evil
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