In early March, we bought the Journey in Phoenix, AZ. It had a New York title that listed a lien holder so we needed a notarized letter releasing the lien—which the owners had, yea! In New York the previous owner keeps the license plates so we needed Arizona to issue temporary license plates to drive back to Colorado and we had to get to Colorado in 60 days. No sweat, right?
To work this all out, it took
- A call to the Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) in Arizona to see if we could get temporary tags.
- Another call to AZ MVD because two different people verifying the same question always seems to be a good idea.
- A call to the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) in Colorado to make sure we’d have all the paperwork needed to issue a title.
- Another call to CO DMV to verify we really had 60 days to get back home—who wants to drive a rig over Red Mountain Pass, the #2 most dangerous pass in CO in early March? Not us.
- A call to our insurance company, Foremost*, to obtain insurance which is required by Colorado to register a vehicle.
- A bit of paperwork: bill of sale and NY title signed over to us plus the addition of the notorized lien release.
- A trip and 30 minute wait at the MVD in Scottsdale AZ to get temporary tags—where we were told we couldn’t get temporary tags…
What? We verified with two people!
- A consult with an MVD manager and in fact, for $15, 90-day temporary tags are issued to non-residents in AZ! (c:
- A month-and-a-half waiting in Las Cruces, New Mexico for it to stop snowing on Red Mountain Pass in CO (the most direct route to our home base is over this pass).
- A long detour around Red Mountain Pass because the weather forecast was wrong the day we left for home—it snowed on the pass and conditions were icy!
- A call to DMV in Montrose to figure out who did our VIN inpsection: the City or the County.
- A trip to the Montrose City Police Department to prepay for a VIN inspection ($15).
- A visit from a Montrose Police officer to do the VIN inspection. Note: This is a surefire way to peel everyone in the RV park away from their TVs and out walking their dog. (c;
- Lastly, a trip to the DMV in CO to pay taxes and license fee, get a title, and our very lovely CO plates!
Glad to have that done. Was it worth it? You bet. Now it’s back to figuring out where and what we’ll be doing this summer.
* We’ve since dropped Foremost in favor of Geico. We have a couple rock chips in our windshield that we thought we might get repaired and while the Foremost website says that this might be covered by policy—no one we spoke to at Foremost could tell us if our policy actually covered this without submitting a claim and sending out an adjuster to look at rock chips!