Vehicle registration is important, but it may be hard to get done right away. You may not know if you can be fined for a car that you aren’t even driving.
Can You Get A Ticket For Expired Tags In Your Driveway?
Cars with expired tags cannot be ticketed on driveways if the driveway is private property, but expired cars can be towed as eyesores under many HOA and city laws. They must be stored or hidden correctly. If a car with expired tags is street parked, or parked in public parking, it can be ticketed.
There are some important things to know about registration and parking in your driveway. You should also know what registration is and how to renew it so that you can avoid a fine when the car isn’t in your driveway.
Getting Tickets/Towed in Driveway
Your driveway is your private property. If your car is unregistered or has expired registration tags but is not being driven and is not parked in a public space, the police can’t do anything about it. You cannot be ticketed or towed for an unregistered car on your property.
Not every state has the same laws about this. Some states may allow the ticketing or towing of cars on your driveway in certain circumstances. It’s good for you to know what the laws are regarding this in your state. The best way for you to avoid getting ticketed is to get your vehicle registered as soon as you can.
Can My Car Be Towed From My Driveway for Expired Tags in California?
In some cities or neighborhoods in Cali, yes, your car can be towed from the driveway if it is expired and can be deemed an “eyesore.” Some cities even allow towing if it isn’t an eyesore and has just expired. Other cities, like LA, do not have this law for private property, even with multiple cars unregistered and visible.
Can My Car Be Towed From My Driveway for Expired Tags in Missouri?
Expired tags alone shouldn’t result in your car being towed in Missouri, but some cities and counties do have laws regarding Derelict and Unlicenced Vehicles. Basically, your car needs to be neat and tidy in your yard, registered or not.
Can You Park a Car With Expired Tags in Your Driveway in Colorado?
Across most of Colorado, you can park the unregistered or expired car in an enclosed space like a garage, but not in the driveway. Many HOA’s and cities will tow the car if they deem it an eyesore.
Can You Park an Unregistered Car in Your Driveway in Texas?
Most of Texas abides by the same eyesore rules as other states. Even if the car is on private property, an unregistered car must be out of sight, covered, or stored in a garage. Additionally, some cities state that only one vehicle per licensed driver is allowed on the property, so be careful.
What Is the Purpose of Vehicle Registration?
Registering your vehicle is required in all states. You will need to register your vehicle when you buy a new car or move to another state.
When you first get a vehicle registered, you will receive a registration certificate and license plate.
Registration expires every 1 to 3 years, depending on the state. The date when the registration expires is on a sticker (tag) on the license plate. Registration is required to be visible at all times, and it needs to be renewed before or very soon after it expires.
If you get pulled over, the police officer will ask for your registration information along with your driver’s license. If your vehicle has expired registration or you can’t provide proof of current registration, you will get an added fine to what you were pulled over for.
Some states require an inspection of the car before it is registered. This is often necessary when a car is older than a certain age because older cars are less likely to be up to modern safety standards.
The government wants to make sure that your car is going to be safe to drive and won’t put you or others in danger. Some states also require an emissions inspection to make sure that cars aren’t emitting more gas than they should be.
Vehicle registration is required so the government can have data about vehicle ownership. This is necessary for a couple of reasons. Registration is proof that you have paid the necessary taxes and fees that go along with owning a car.
The government also keeps track of what kind of car each person drives and their license plate number for criminal investigations.
If a car is seen near the scene of a crime, the police can see who owns that car by running the license plate number.
If someone goes on the run, the police can easily know what kind of car the fugitive might be driving.
What Are the Penalties for Not Being Registered?
The cost of registering a vehicle is different from state to state, and it can often be based on the weight, age, or value of the vehicle.
The cost of registration ranges from about $30 to $100. These fines are necessary and much cheaper than the cost of not having current registration on your vehicle.
There is a difference between driving without registration and driving without proof of registration. Proof of registration means being able to provide the proper paperwork that shows that the car is registered to you. If you are pulled over and you don’t have this with you, you can be fined.
Driving a vehicle that isn’t registered is a more serious offense.
You can face not only a fine but jail time of at least 15 days depending on the state.
If your car has been expired for more than 6 months, it can be towed and impounded. If it has been expired for less than 6 months, you will probably just get a ticket. Make sure to get your vehicle registered before it has been expired for 6 months.
To avoid being fined or imprisoned because you don’t have proof of registration, keep your registration paperwork in the car as much as you can. Keep it in the glove compartment or in the center console. If you get pulled over, you can easily provide the paperwork and avoid a larger fine.
How Do You Renew Your Registration?
To register your vehicle, you will have to go to the DMV. You will fill out paperwork, pay a fee, and receive a registration certificate and license plates to put on the front and back of the car.
You need to register your car once you buy a new one or if you move to another state. Your car is required to be registered in the state you live in.
You will receive new registration paperwork and a new license plate.
Registration doesn’t last forever, and you will need to renew it every one to three years. This can be done in a few different ways depending on the state in which you live.
Some states will allow you to renew your registration online on the DMV website. Other times, you can’t renew it online, but you can by mail, or you may have to go to the DMV in person.
Make sure you are aware of the options for renewing your registration in your state specifically. Try to renew your registration before it expires, otherwise, you can be ticketed for driving that car.