Is car title change required when borrowing car from family in a different state?

Groupon FHFk88
Jun 18 13 Comments

My brother has a second car that he's not using which is at our parents place in Ohio and I'm thinking of borrowing it in CA for a year or so. Will I need a title change on the car ownership documents or will a note from my brother saying he has lent it to me suffice? I'm still paying off my education loans and want to keep costs low hence looking to save by borrowing a car instead of buying. Appreciate any advice.

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  • Salesforce baby J
    Changing title means it’s your car now, it’s not borrowing. I am not in CA but as far as I known it’s only a problem in car is in your name and registered in deferent state than you driver license. If you get pulled over, just say you brother let you borrow a car for couple weeks until you get your own (couple weeks), it’s his car and if he lives in some other state there is no reason car should be registers in CA
    Jun 18 3
    • Salesforce baby J
      Just make sure you have insurance
      Jun 18
    • Groupon FHFk88
      OP
      Can the car still be in his name and be registered in CA with me? I will have insurance but I'm not sure if it is required to have the title in my name if I'm driving it around here.
      Jun 18
    • Salesforce baby J
      Car can be in his name (title) but registered in your name (plates) but I am not sure how it will work cross states.
      Jun 18
  • Lyft / Eng n00b0
    Unless you need to register it in CA for some reason there's no need to change the title. Been driving an old car my parents didn't need with an out of state plate and with only them on the title for more than a year now with no problem.
    Jun 18 3
    • Groupon FHFk88
      OP
      Oh wow! I heard people got pulled over and fined for not registering with a CA plate. Are you saying it's okay to do so? I totally wouldn't mind that since it's a headache to get the plates changed, titles changed, etc.
      Jun 18
    • Lyft / Eng n00b0
      You're technically supposed to do so within like 60 days of residency or something, but I've never been pulled over for it. There's a late fee if you register after the 60 days. Though I'm not sure how they prove you haven't just moved or aren't a tourist.

      I don't think they'll pull you over just for having an OOS plate, but might make getting pulled over for something else awkward if you have to pretend you're a tourist.
      Jun 18
    • Groupon FHFk88
      OP
      Yeah I'm not sure anyone can trace if you're visiting or living here...well a CA license might give it away but what you say makes sense. Thanks man!!
      Jun 18
  • Groupon OldVirus
    If you’re pulled over with out of state plates then You can always just say that you live in both Ohio and Cali. If you’re trying to keep cost down then that is your best option.
    Jun 18 2
    • Tesla tTfQ61
      If you have a CA drivers license then that won’t work. CA is kind of nutty like that. Spend the $300 and get it done. Cheaper than the fine.
      Jun 18
    • Groupon FHFk88
      OP
      Is the $300 for the title change fees?
      Jun 18
  • Oath Atinlay2
    Some (most) states have rules against this. Do your research. I’m betting CA will want it’s tax money.
    Jun 18 1
    • Groupon FHFk88
      OP
      Okay. Yeah that was my guess too.
      Jun 18