Originally Posted by Ladyofthelakes
We are just starting the process of buying an RV from Toronto Canada. The owners offered to bring it to Buffalo NY b/c we are going to be in that area and they preferred to bring it there, not Detroit AND b/c we do not have passports or enhanced drivers licenses.
Running into problem with Michigan DMV, they can't help me.
What is the process for this conundrum!
I know all about the importing process, did the research on that, but registering it temporarily in NY, ? is that what we do.
Got 2 weeks to sort this all out.
All you experienced people out there! what do I need to do
Let me begin by saying that I've brought a number of Bigfoot
Trailers from Canada into the U.S. (WA State). But, it doesn't matter what state you're bringing the trailer into, the process is the same.
In order to register the trailer in the U.S., it will have to have cleared U.S. border customs. They, in turn, will want a Bill of Sale, Canadian title
showing transfer of ownership, and proof that the trailer in question meets U.S. standards. Proof of meeting U.S. standards can be accomplished by showing them the silver (3" x 6") sticker that is on the outside, forward port side of the trailer. Ensuring the sticker is there and that it is legible is of utmost importance!
Since you, as the buyer, are going to have to clear it thru customs, I would suggest you meet the sellers at the custom's office at the border.
As far as driving it across NY/MI, you will have documentation (from customs) that you just purchased the trailer; you'll be fine if stopped IMHO.