The Out of Towners

So recently it was mentioned that I have been using song titles and/or lyrics for my blogs. Yes, it is true but hey, if they are applicable… this is why I have briefly switched to movie titles, in case you ask. A common mistake that some people make is that they assume that if they [...]

So recently it was mentioned that I have been using song titles and/or lyrics for my blogs. Yes, it is true but hey, if they are applicable… this is why I have briefly switched to movie titles, in case you ask.

A common mistake that some people make is that they assume that if they have a valid driver’s license from elsewhere, another state or country, it’s OK to share the road with us Californians. Well, that may be true if you, the out-of-towner, are planning to go back to wherever you came from (and I mean that with all due respect… I would love for you to stay and help us with this deficit problem but…) if you are staying you need a valid California license within ten days of making the decision to become one of us.

I have spoken to many people who call us in a huff because they got a ticket for driving without a license when they have a perfectly good license from one of the other 49 states.

Here’s a bit of information that will help you save some money and lots of aggravation. If you have taken up residence, bought a house, rented an apartment, have a job or decided to enroll in school then you have ten days to get a California license. If you don’t, and many of you don’t… and you get stopped by the local authorities and can’t prove that you were just leaving (more or less) you will be cited for not having a license. This is how the state sees it.

The same applies to registering your vehicle if it happens to have plates from another state. The requirements are the same but you do have 20 days instead of 10… don’t worry, be happy. Oh, here we go again… sorry about that.