I just bought a new car in Arizona and I am from out of state but plan on living here what is legal for me to drive this car I have insurance on it but I don't have temp tags or any plates on the car nor registration is the car still legal to drive.
Use this link to learn the Arizona Statutes. Title 28 and Title 13 are good to know if you are an avid scannist.
You need to have the vehicle registered before you drive it on the streets. If you can legally register the vehicle in your home state and you meet the qualifications for out of state resident you can drive it legally.
If you will remain in the state beyond the limits of the statute you will need to register the vehicle NOW in Arizona.
A. "Resident", for the purpose of registration and operation of motor vehicles:
1. Except as provided by paragraph 2, means the following:
(a) A person who, regardless of domicile, remains in this state for an aggregate period of seven months or more during a calendar year.
(b) A person who engages in a trade, profession or occupation in this state or who accepts employment in other than either:
(i) Seasonal agricultural work.
(ii) Temporary seasonal work for a period of not more than three months if the state in which the temporary seasonal worker is permanently domiciled has a similar exception.
(c) A person who places children in a public school without payment of nonresident tuition.
(d) A person who declares that the person is a resident of this state for the purpose of obtaining at resident rates a state license or tuition fees at an educational institution maintained by public monies.
(e) An individual, partnership, company, firm, corporation or association that maintains a main office, a branch office or warehouse facilities in this state and that bases and operates motor vehicles in this state.
(f) An individual, partnership, company, firm, corporation or association that operates motor vehicles in intrastate transportation, for other than seasonal agricultural work.
2. Does not mean:
(a) A nonresident owner of a foreign vehicle that is registered and licensed in a state adjoining this state and that is used in this state for other than the transportation of passengers or property for compensation, if the nonresident owner and vehicle are domiciled in an adjoining state but within twenty-five miles of the border of this state and if the state in which the owner resides and in which the vehicle is registered exempts from payment of registration and weight fees like vehicles from this state, regardless of whether the nonresident owner engages in a trade, profession or occupation in this state or accepts employment.
(b) An out-of-state student enrolled with seven or more semester hours regardless of whether the student engages in a trade, profession or occupation in this state or accepts employment in this state. For the purposes of this paragraph, "out-of-state student" means either:
(i) A person who is enrolled at an educational institution maintained by public monies and who is not classified as an in-state student under section 15-1802.
(ii) A person who is a student at a private educational institution and who would not be classified as an in-state student under section 15-1802 if the student were attending a public educational institution.
(c) A nonresident daily commuter as defined in section 28-2291.
B. In this chapter, unless the context otherwise requires:
1. "Mobile home" means a structure that is transportable in one or more sections, including the plumbing, heating, air conditioning and electrical systems that are contained in the structure, and that, when erected on site, is either of the following:
(a) More than eight body feet in width, thirty-two body feet or more in length and built on a permanent chassis.
(b) Regardless of the size, used as a single family dwelling or for commercial purposes with or without a permanent foundation.
2. "Serial number" means the number placed on the vehicle by its manufacturer or assigned pursuant to section 28-2165.
A. A person shall not operate, move or leave standing on a highway a motor vehicle, trailer or semitrailer unless the motor vehicle, trailer or semitrailer has been registered with the department for the current registration year or is properly registered for the current registration year by the state or country of which the owner or lessee is a resident.
B. A resident shall not operate, move or leave standing on a highway a motor vehicle, trailer or semitrailer that is:
1. Owned by a nonresident and that is primarily under the control of a resident of this state for more than seven months unless the motor vehicle, trailer or semitrailer has been registered with the department for the current registration year.
2. Leased by the resident for more than twenty-nine days unless the motor vehicle, trailer or semitrailer has been registered with the department for the current registration year.
C. This section applies to a trailer or semitrailer without motive power unless the vehicle is disabled or is being towed as an abandoned vehicle at the direction of a law enforcement agency.
D. This section does not apply to:
1. A farm tractor.
2. A trailer used solely in the operation of a farm for transporting the unprocessed fiber or forage products of a farm or any implement of husbandry designed primarily for or used in agricultural operations and only incidentally operated or moved on a highway.
3. A road roller or road machinery, including a power sweeper, that is temporarily operating or moved on the highway.
4. An owner permitted to operate a vehicle under special provisions relating to lienholders, manufacturers, dealers and nonresidents....
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F. A person who violates subsection E of this section is guilty of a class 2 misdemeanor.
The 30-Day General Use Permit is valid for thirty (30) calendar days from the date of purchase. Expired permits must be destroyed. Photocopies are prohibited. You may be cited for the misuse of the 30-Day General Use Permit.