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Hello, I'm a Canadian student in the US. I have 1.5 years of school left in the US. I want to purchase a car in the US. How do I get a license plate for the car? Do I get them in Canada or in the US?
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Step3 break.. You get the plates at the DMV in America depending on what state you live in. Why wouldn't you just take public transportation or rent a car if its only "1.5 years?" Honestly you don't seem to know what your doing, no offense, and getting a car, insurance and all of that is a nightmare. Do you have a license??
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I have a canadian drivers license. I'll look into renting a car. Renting a car in Canada with insurance can be upwards of $600 per week. That's $2400 a month and simply not logical.

I already looked at getting insurance at Progressive in the US and that doesn't seem to be a problem.
Also, I spoke to my friend who moved to the US from Canada. After I purchase a car from a US dealer, I have 30 days to go to the DMV and get a license plate for my car. That doesn't sound like a nightmare.
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I have a canadian drivers license. I'll look into renting a car. Renting a car in Canada with insurance can be upwards of $600 per week. That's $2400 a month and simply not logical.

I already looked at getting insurance at Progressive in the US and that doesn't seem to be a problem.
Also, I spoke to my friend who moved to the US from Canada. After I purchase a car from a US dealer, I have 30 days to go to the DMV and get a license plate for my car. That doesn't sound like a nightmare.
What type of visa are you on?

If you have a SSN, you may be able to accomplish all this.
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I have a canadian drivers license. I'll look into renting a car. Renting a car in Canada with insurance can be upwards of $600 per week. That's $2400 a month and simply not logical.

I already looked at getting insurance at Progressive in the US and that doesn't seem to be a problem.
Also, I spoke to my friend who moved to the US from Canada. After I purchase a car from a US dealer, I have 30 days to go to the DMV and get a license plate for my car. That doesn't sound like a nightmare.

To get a plate in US you need to register your vehicle with the dmv. you need a drivers license and vehicle ownership proof along with insurance. All three are a must for getting you plates. But yea process is fairly easy if you have the requirements.

Go to dmv website of the state your getting the vehicle. It has all the requirement.
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well, its easier to go to Canada, buy a car, and take it across border.

But if you so choose too. Go to DMV and ask

To get a Drivers License, no matter if you have one in Canada, you will need to take a drivers test. After pass they will give you a state license.

Buying a car, you will need to buy it outright. Since you can't afford 2400 a month, I'm assuming you don't have 24 000 then. You will not get financing for a car since you have no credit and no Canadian bank will give you money since the repo man won't come across border lines to take the car. So, unless you buy a 500 dollar car then the BUS or Taxi or Walk is the way you will go.

Don't worry about insurance until you have a car.
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Hello, I'm a Canadian student in the US. I have 1.5 years of school left in the US. I want to purchase a car in the US. How do I get a license plate for the car? Do I get them in Canada or in the US?
Here is another alternative if you dont hve us ssn or anything,
Lease a car from canada, it should b around 100-200/ month plus insurance,
Then drive it overhere.. For 1.5 years..!!
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I never said I can't afford the $2400. I said it's illogical to spend $2400/month on a rental (which would probably be a mid size sedan). Just an FYI...a Maserati can be leased for around $2000 a month to give you an idea of how expensive rental cars are when compared to a luxury vehicle such as a Maserati.

Now that I've done my research if you have a Canadian Drivers license you have 2 cases. Case 1: the state that you go to may just exchange your Canadian drivers license for a US state drivers license OR Case 2: They may ask that you do your drivers test again. This all depends on the state that you decide to live in when you go into the DMV.

Canadian car insurance is valid in the USA when visiting (like for a weekend or a few weeks). If you plan to stay as a student or for whatever reason it is valid from anywhere between 6 months to 10 months all depending on the insurance company.

Progressive insurance is willing to insure Canadian registered cars with canadian license plates in the US. They confirmed this when I called them. However if you decide to go back to Canada to stay you are no longer covered, unless it's for a brief visit.

Thank you to some of the people who replied to this post like one_destiny, Phoen1x, patelMD. To the others, some of you are just rude and ill informed.





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well, its easier to go to Canada, buy a car, and take it across border.

But if you so choose too. Go to DMV and ask

To get a Drivers License, no matter if you have one in Canada, you will need to take a drivers test. After pass they will give you a state license.

Buying a car, you will need to buy it outright. Since you can't afford 2400 a month, I'm assuming you don't have 24 000 then. You will not get financing for a car since you have no credit and no Canadian bank will give you money since the repo man won't come across border lines to take the car. So, unless you buy a 500 dollar car then the BUS or Taxi or Walk is the way you will go.

Don't worry about insurance until you have a car.
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