DoI have to have my car registered if it is non-working and sits in my driveway under a carport?

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DoI have to have my car registered if it is non-working and sits in my driveway under a carport?

My neighbors have complained about an abandoned vehicle on my property. Now the police have issued me a citation saying that I need to get my car registered or be fined. I didn’t think my car needed to be registered if it was in my driveway under a carport. Also, I never drive it because it doesn’t run.

Asked on September 16, 2011 under Real Estate Law, Utah

Answers:

FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

Under the laws of all states, all vehicles that are driven on a public roadway are required to be registered and to be in good driving condition per the codes of each state. If the car that you have sititng in your driveway is not being driven on a public roadway and has not been so for a long time, and you have no intent to drive it on the public roadway, you do not need to register it.

This will be you best defense to contest the citation.

In order to stop the complaints about the vehicle by your neighbor, perhaps purchasing a car tarp to cover it from the elements is the solution.

Good luck.


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