Register an R32 in Arizona?

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Re: Register an R32 in Arizona?

Postby mk3design » Mon Jul 27, 2015 10:37 am

Can't find your PM link(maybe because I don't have enough posts?). I'm located in Scottsdale.

I have read your blog, great stuff! It's definitely helped out in understanding the process and what paperwork I'll be needing.


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Re: Register an R32 in Arizona?

Postby spekterg35 » Mon Jul 27, 2015 11:32 am

Has anyone had success getting temp (30 day) tags for these cars? I would like to be able to drive my car home from the port of Long Beach once I pick it up, but the odd vin/chassis number seems like it will be problematic.

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Re: Register an R32 in Arizona?

Postby Wildtraveler » Mon Jul 27, 2015 1:23 pm

I got a 30 day tag this morning. Im not sure what Arizona says but if you take these items you cant be to far off...

1: Original title
2: certified and notary Translated title
3: Bill of sale signed by your self and seller
4: proof of insurance
5: drivers license
6: $5

That is what I had when I went and I had zero problems. Though the lady that helped me has worked with military coming home from over seas and knew the process. I would call them ahead of time and let them know you are coming explaining you situation and ask them what you can expect and what to bring. Hope this helps.

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Re: Register an R32 in Arizona?

Postby spekterg35 » Mon Jul 27, 2015 1:44 pm

Thanks. I will look into it over here. I live in a military town so hopefully they will have the same experience.

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Re: Register an R32 in Arizona?

Postby GSX-R35 » Mon Jul 27, 2015 3:42 pm

spekterg35 wrote:Has anyone had success getting temp (30 day) tags for these cars? I would like to be able to drive my car home from the port of Long Beach once I pick it up, but the odd vin/chassis number seems like it will be problematic.
It shouldn't be a problem - I got one for my car while I was waiting to get the proper registration sorted. If you want to save some hassle, get one from a third-party place - you'll pay more but save a lot of waiting versus the MVD office.

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Re: Register an R32 in Arizona?

Postby GSX-R35 » Mon Jul 27, 2015 3:49 pm

mk3design wrote:Can't find your PM link(maybe because I don't have enough posts?). I'm located in Scottsdale.

I have read your blog, great stuff! It's definitely helped out in understanding the process and what paperwork I'll be needing.
Just sent you a PM myself instead. If you click on the name of whoever you want to send a PM to it takes you to a page where it has a choice to "send a private message" - AFAIK it's not dependent on post count. I know someone in Mesa that can probably help you out with where to go as far as a good MVD office.

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Re: Register an R32 in Arizona?

Postby mk3design » Tue Jul 28, 2015 7:37 pm

Yeah I can't even reply being a new member :/ I have some time until the car lands stateside, once I'm able to respond I will :) Thanks for the help!

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Re: Register an R32 in Arizona?

Postby GSX-R35 » Wed Jul 29, 2015 6:22 pm

mk3design wrote:Yeah I can't even reply being a new member :/ I have some time until the car lands stateside, once I'm able to respond I will :) Thanks for the help!
That's weird that you can't even reply. My friend already said he's happy to help you out. You can email me at 23gtblog(at)gmail.com if you'd like to get his info already.

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Re: Register an R32 in Arizona?

Postby spekterg35 » Tue Oct 20, 2015 4:09 pm

Got my 30 day temp tag! Just a couple short weeks away from picking my car up in CA and bringing it home.

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Re: Register an R32 in Arizona?

Postby GSX-R35 » Tue Oct 20, 2015 7:02 pm

spekterg35 wrote:Got my 30 day temp tag! Just a couple short weeks away from picking my car up in CA and bringing it home.
Be sure and post pics and tell us how it goes :)

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Re: Register an R32 in Arizona?

Postby mk3design » Thu Oct 22, 2015 4:39 pm

Just to update, the DMV on Hayden and Mc Kellips in Scottsdale/Tempe was amazing. No issues at all in registering the car, took me 20 mins in and out. Ask for Joshua, he was super familiar with the process.

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Re: Register an R32 in Arizona?

Postby GSX-R35 » Fri Oct 23, 2015 7:07 am

mk3design wrote:Just to update, the DMV on Hayden and Mc Kellips in Scottsdale/Tempe was amazing. No issues at all in registering the car, took me 20 mins in and out. Ask for Joshua, he was super familiar with the process.
That's good to know. Hopefully this means word's getting around to the various MVDs and people will have an easier time from now on.

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Re: Register an R32 in Arizona?

Postby fn_gtr » Mon Nov 09, 2015 12:34 am

mk3design wrote:Just to update, the DMV on Hayden and Mc Kellips in Scottsdale/Tempe was amazing. No issues at all in registering the car, took me 20 mins in and out. Ask for Joshua, he was super familiar with the process.
The one on McKellips & McClintock? I'm not seeing one on Hayden but I need to go get mine registered this week so that would be amazing if they made it easy. Did they need to do an inspection still? What paperwork did you need to take?

Edit: I'm an idiot, forgot Hayden was north of 202, McClintock is south.

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Re: Register an R32 in Arizona?

Postby rudenate » Tue Nov 10, 2015 10:50 pm

I wasn't able to get a 30 day tag without emissions or an AZ title. They also wouldn't give me a title transfer without a level 2 inspection even though the car already had a Virginia title. Just got the 30 day tag today now that I got the title transferred over as the car hasn't passed emissions yet... Just glad to be driving it legally now.

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Re: Register an R32 in Arizona?

Postby fn_gtr » Tue Nov 10, 2015 11:29 pm

rudenate wrote:I wasn't able to get a 30 day tag without emissions or an AZ title. They also wouldn't give me a title transfer without a level 2 inspection even though the car already had a Virginia title. Just got the 30 day tag today now that I got the title transferred over as the car hasn't passed emissions yet... Just glad to be driving it legally now.
We meet again lol. First reddit now here... I've got my 30 day tags but need to go Thursday to get it fully registered.

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Re: Register an R32 in Arizona?

Postby dunnman99 » Thu Dec 10, 2015 11:50 am

Hello All,

New here. I am stationed out in Australia and I just got my fully compliant 1997 R33 V-spec with 62K km on it. I intend on bringing it back to the USA with me. It will have a full english title, english compliancy VIN plate replacement. And it will be over 25 years old when I plan on bringing it back. I am looking long term to get another V-spec and store it here with minimal use until I head back. Due to everything being in english (title, registration, compliance, emissions-Australian, inspections) will this make it any easier to bring it back as a 25 year old antique?

Thank you

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Re: Register an R32 in Arizona?

Postby GSX-R35 » Thu Dec 10, 2015 8:52 pm

dunnman99 wrote:Hello All,

New here. I am stationed out in Australia and I just got my fully compliant 1997 R33 V-spec with 62K km on it. I intend on bringing it back to the USA with me. It will have a full english title, english compliancy VIN plate replacement. And it will be over 25 years old when I plan on bringing it back. I am looking long term to get another V-spec and store it here with minimal use until I head back. Due to everything being in english (title, registration, compliance, emissions-Australian, inspections) will this make it any easier to bring it back as a 25 year old antique?

Thank you
The only papers that the Feds and state DMV usually want to see is the title and whatever proof of ownership you have (bill of sale, foreign reg in your name, etc). Foreign emissions doesn't matter because 25-year old imports are emissions exempt at the Federal level and states that require emissions will require you to retest once it's in the state. Foreign inspection paperwork doesn't matter either because they do their own inspections on entry and usually at registration. Having it in English is good but with Japanese market cars only the Export Certificate requires translation anyway so it's not a big difference. By the time you're legal to bring your R33 in it should be fairly easy since by 2022 a ton of earlier Skylines will have been imported by then and the path will have been well trodden by other people.

One thing to be wary of though is to check the state emissions requirements where you're going. Some states will only do emissions testing via OBD-II and require it on cars newer than 1996. Since the R33 doesn't have OBD-II you probably won't be able to register it in a state that requires it. If you're coming here to Arizona then you'll need a sniffer test in Phoenix and Tucson metro but no OBD-II unless the law changes.

If you need to know more about the import and registration process you can read my primer here:

http://23gt.blogspot.com/2015/04/buying ... 1-one.html

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Re: Register an R32 in Arizona?

Postby Figueroa95620 » Sat Feb 27, 2016 11:52 am

GSX-r35 I am currently in Yuma and I am trying to buy a skyline from a friend who legally imported his skyline. Before I finalize the purchase I was wondering if I could get a list of al you exactly needed to register your skyline in Yuma. As well if we could get together in person to discuss the process.

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Re: Register an R32 in Arizona?

Postby GSX-R35 » Sat Feb 27, 2016 5:24 pm

Figueroa95620 wrote:GSX-r35 I am currently in Yuma and I am trying to buy a skyline from a friend who legally imported his skyline. Before I finalize the purchase I was wondering if I could get a list of al you exactly needed to register your skyline in Yuma. As well if we could get together in person to discuss the process.
In order to register my R32 I needed:

1. Export Certificate
2. Translation of #1
3. Bill of Sale
4. DOT Form HS-7
5. EPA Form 3520-1
6. Level II inspection form - I was asked to do the inspection by the supervisor before they could proceed

The paperwork involved is explained in my blog post here:

http://23gt.blogspot.com/2015/05/buying ... apers.html

And tips on the process are here:

http://23gt.blogspot.com/2015/05/buying ... ivers.html

I sent you a PM about how to contact me.

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Re: Register an R32 in Arizona?

Postby emeza39 » Tue Sep 25, 2018 4:30 pm

Hello, Everyone

I am a new member to your forum. I currently live an reside in CA and as you may know owning a jdm legend is pretty much impossible in California legally. However I have family that live is AZ and I want to purchase a skyline, soarer, or JZX90 25 years or older. Please have patience with me as I live in another state and I am unaware of the AZ laws. What do I need to register a 25 year or older jdm car in Phoenix? Will it require a smog check every 2 years as CA? Someone please help

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Re: Register an R32 in Arizona?

Postby AZhitman » Wed Sep 26, 2018 9:44 pm

Hey Emeza!

Welcome aboard. I'm in AZ, so I can help. Cars over 25 in AZ have a couple options. I have several classics here, and your BEST bet is to insure the car as a Special Interest or Collectible (I use Hagerty) and there's no emissions requirements thereafter (IF you reside in AZ).

If it's your only car, that'll be a challenge. However, there's no reason a properly-running JDM classic won't pass emissions.

With all that said, here's the problem: You live in CA. Registering a car in AZ won't fly with the Gestapo in CA. I'm sure you can skirt the law for a while, but at some point, they're gonna crack down and require you to register it in the state you live in (your insurance company can also rat you out, and if you have a claim, they can counter that you were being shady and deny the claim).

Best bet? Get the hell out of that state, and away from their nutcase laws.

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Re: Register an R32 in Arizona?

Postby emeza39 » Thu Oct 04, 2018 12:56 pm

Thank you for your very quick reply. I just seen your response, yes I did a lot of research and you are right. The only other option is registering the car in an area exempt from emissions testing as you guys wonderfully have in AZ (as i do plan on modifying the car ;) ). But as you said it all is still very risky but registering the car in AZ is still one of the few options I have. I love California but this is by far the biggest con of living here our Air Resource Board, they screw us car guys in CA. People think regulation is good but too much of it as my case just sucks. I mean technically we can register a grey market 25 year old car but it has to get tested by a lab for emissions and that cost between $5,000 and $10,000 and even then your car will have to be tested every 2 years for smog so that means no modifying it. So it all comes down whether to take the risk or not. Well again thanks again for your knowledge and honestly this whole situation has seriously been making me think to move to another state


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