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    Default Title Service CA

    I went to the DMV in CA to get my 1942 WLA registered and titled. They told me I needed to go to the CHP and have them put a new vin # on the frame. That didn't sound right as I've never seen a classic bike with a new tag on the frame. Engine for new cases yes, frame, no. Called CHP, they said that is correct. Went to another DMV, they said that is correct. Before I threw in the towel I called Donna Leek at Professional Registration Service. I had the title in my hands in about 3 weeks. Done! If you're in CA, don't even screw with the DMV. Just call Donna and let her roll.

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    What documentation did you need to provide and does the bike need to be assembled? The reason I ask is because I have a 52 PAN basket I purchased 34 years ago that I don not have a title for and don't believe it was ever registered in CA. The bike is still in boxes but finally planning on building it.

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    Hi,
    I have used various title service companies in the past and I needed very little documentation to prove ownership. Check with the service company you are considering. One issue will be the cost. Expect to pay $1,000.00 or more. If you can get it done for less - great. New York is easier. California might be one of the more difficult states.

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    We have been all over this subject here. Time and time again. No service in the USA can get you a title for your motorcycle. The last loop hole state was Alabama and they closed that four years ago. It's all bullshit! Please hand me a G and I'll promise ya any thing you want to hear. I can't believe for a minute that there is one state out of fifty that doesn't have a lost title program. How the hell do you thing every car dealer does it. It could be call unclaimed property etc but it's there. The state will make ya clear the title. Meaning you will have to publish it in a local newspaper etc. It will take work and time but no service in the USA can do it for you that I'm aware of. Bob L

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    fwiw, this service http://www.motorecyclenow.com/title-service.html obtained me a title for a 1975 motorcycle, last licensed in ND, found by a guy in MN who sold it to me in Colorado. Vermont, as far as i know, is the last state to be a no title state who will issue registration paper and plate. $240 and about a month later i had Vermont registration and plate for the bike. i took it down to the local county clerk's office, they issued a Colorado title, registration and plate for this out of state registered motorcycle. i would think any state including California must honor current legal registration for a bike registered in Vermont. a word from my experience: if your local county clerk does not know Vermont licensing law, they may tell you they can't do it without additional information. at least my county clerk tried that. not true. i called the county clerk from issuing county in Vermont. they were VERY helpful. they emailed me their statute stating what my county clerk needed to know. frm there; no problem.

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    Don't ever let the Ca DMV blue tag your motorcycle!
    #7558 Take me on and you take on the whole trailer park!

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    Steve, this is my point exactly. No one handed you a title. The state police across the country aren't that stupid. They know what states the mills are using. I myself would not be so fast as to appear in say New Jersey or Ohio with a Vermont registration and start playing lets see the motorcycle. I'm not saying you can't pull it off. Just that you can end up with more greaf in certain places. Over the years I just learned to do certain things before putting myself out as a target. First thing is I always build a motorcycle out of what I trying to title. Put that motor in a frame and slap whatever you can together so it looks like a real motorcycle so if ya got to play the show me the motorcycle game ya got yourself covered. Wouldn't be the first time that some deputy decided the parts in boxes were stolen and it was up to you to prove him wrong. Yes every state must honor a Vermont registration but not before putting you though hell if they choose. Like I said, I'm not debating which scheme is best but rather trying to tell you to think it though and cover your ass at the end of the day. Bob L
    FYI: Something I gave thought to after hanging up. I don't think it's a good idea to show up at a DMV in another state with a registration that is three weeks old. The papers still toasty! I'd let it cool for a few months.

    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Swan View Post
    fwiw, this service http://www.motorecyclenow.com/title-service.html obtained me a title for a 1975 motorcycle, last licensed in ND, found by a guy in MN who sold it to me in Colorado. Vermont, as far as i know, is the last state to be a no title state who will issue registration paper and plate. $240 and about a month later i had Vermont registration and plate for the bike. i took it down to the local county clerk's office, they issued a Colorado title, registration and plate for this out of state registered motorcycle. i would think any state including California must honor current legal registration for a bike registered in Vermont. a word from my experience: if your local county clerk does not know Vermont licensing law, they may tell you they can't do it without additional information. at least my county clerk tried that. not true. i called the county clerk from issuing county in Vermont. they were VERY helpful. they emailed me their statute stating what my county clerk needed to know. frm there; no problem.
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    Bob, your point is well taken, i'm glad i don't live in Cal. Colorado can be tough enough on some things.

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    Most CHP verifiers know that pre 1970 H-Ds didn't have a frame number and will verify your without the blue tag. The blue tags ate put on post 1969 machines.
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    Also be sure to visit http://www.caimag.com/forum/

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