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Old 09-25-2017, 07:19 AM   #1
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California PTI trailer plate for 13' Scamp - any drawbacks?

Hello,
I've been reading various threads here about California allowing for PTI plates on a 13' Scamp.

I'm using this form:
https://www.dmv.ca.gov/portal/dmv/?1...ms/reg/reg4017

My Scamp has the yearly tags (not due until June 2018), but I wondered if I should apply for the PTI plates? PTI plates would only be $10 every 5 years here in Calif. This seems like a great deal to me, and I'm wondering if there's anything I'm overlooking?

Thank you in advance for any insight.
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Old 09-25-2017, 08:47 AM   #2
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Nope, go for it, it's a great deal and saves a lot of hassle with renewing.
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Old 09-25-2017, 12:27 PM   #3
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At DMV now. Going on hour 3. Fingers crossed.
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Old 09-25-2017, 01:32 PM   #4
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Woohoo! Got the PTI!
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Old 09-25-2017, 06:27 PM   #5
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Aah, PTI = Permanent Trailer Identification. Many of us thought you were referring to the Pittsburgh Technical Institute.

Some thought: Pardon The Interruption
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Oops, should have been more detailed, you're right it is "Permanent Trailer Identification".

One thing you don't get with PTI is a title unless you request it. I did request it...guess I'm old school liking a title or pink slip as it was called back in the day.
$18 extra dollars, but that's okay.
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Old 09-26-2017, 10:25 AM   #7
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When I bought my trailer used about 5 years ago it had PTI plates. They stayed with the trailer in the transfer and I too got the paper title. So the system seems to work. I did all my paperwork at the auto club much easier than dealing with the never evolving California DMV.
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You want the title, you always want the title! Oregon requires a title for a trailer. IF/when you go to sell, no one in Oregon would buy your trailer without the title... yes, I know there are ways around it, but make it easy on yourself and spend the few bucks now versus hours of headaches later.
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My Scamp has the yearly tags (not due until June 2018), but I wondered if I should apply for the PTI plates? PTI plates would only be $10 every 5 years here in Calif. This seems like a great deal to me, and I'm wondering if there's anything I'm overlooking?
Thank you in advance for any insight.

I have heard through a friends recent experience that the Ca DMV isn't sending out renewals for PTIs anymore. I need to verify that as I have three trailers with PTIs .
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You want the title, you always want the title! Oregon requires a title for a trailer. IF/when you go to sell, no one in Oregon would buy your trailer without the title... yes, I know there are ways around it, but make it easy on yourself and spend the few bucks now versus hours of headaches later.
Oh, I definitely wanted the title and happily paid to have it.
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Old 09-29-2017, 10:02 AM   #11
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I have heard through a friends recent experience that the Ca DMV isn't sending out renewals for PTIs anymore. I need to verify that as I have three trailers with PTIs .
I will be interested to know what you find out.
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We lived in Illinois until Aug of '16. They had a trailer plate that was renewed annually. We would get the reminder in the mail and go down to the DMV and get our 12 month sticker. About one year before we moved to MI, Illinois stopped sending the reminders. It was touted as a cost saving measure. We didn't know about the change, and drove on an expired plate for an additional 6 months. The conspiracy theorist in me thinks the revenue from the tickets you'd get for driving with expired plates would be the real reason.

In Michigan they issue permanent plates for trailers.

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In Michigan they issue permanent plates for trailers.

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I'm curious, are the Michigan plates permanent until new ownership? In Calif., although they're called permanent, I will pay $10 every 5 years. I'm not complaining at all, very happy about it.
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I'm curious, are the Michigan plates permanent until new ownership? In Calif., although they're called permanent, I will pay $10 every 5 years. I'm not complaining at all, very happy about it.
As far as I know, the plates are permanent only for the one who bought them. We sold our 13' and I called DMV to see if I can transfer them to the new trailer. I was told I would need a new permanent plate for the new trailer. The cost for a permanent tag is $75. That is a one time fee. Of course that is on top of the 6% sales tax.

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