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Thread: SPCNS Title in California

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    Default SPCNS Title in California

    I'd like to buy a used 7 which is currently titled in another state. It would be brought into CA and have to be titled and then registered as a SPCNS for smog exemption (under SB100/SB1578). In terms of documentation, I would have a clean out-of-state title and invoices for all the major parts. It seems this has been done before, but I have a few questions about this case in particular:

    1. It is currently unclear if this car was ever registered for road use in the other state (track car). Would this history be an obstacle for SPCNS and road use in CA? i.e. having a title but no history of registration.
    2. It is currently titled as a "2002 CATERHAM" - i.e. it doesn't have a special SPCNS equivalent classification in the other state. Presumably this is not an obstacle to re-classification as SPCNS in CA?
    3. Since the MSO was surrendered to the out-of-state DMV to obtain the title, it's not available for the CA DMV. Presumably an out-of-state title would substitute for the MSO to get SPCNS?
    4. I've read conflicting info on whether the "7,500 mile limit" applies to SPCNS applications. Can you register a used out-of-state kit-car which has <7,500 miles on the clock?

    Thanks so much. I'm trying to contact DMV for their verdict, but getting through to Sacramento on the phone is taking ages.

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    Might try asking at the California Caterham Club http://californiacaterhamclub.com/chat/index.php
    2006 Caterham 7 SVT(sold)

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    Try the factory five forum. There is also a woman who works in the Thousand Oaks DMV office who is purportedly very sharp on the SPCNS process. I heard this through a Cobra kit car forum. There are only a few of us active on the California Caterham Forum. Good luck!

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    Thanks folks!

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