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Ok, saythere is someone traveling to Michigan to enjoy our lakes and spend some money.....they are trailering a boat from out of state. A state that does not require trailer plates (Tennesee, Wisc, Minnnesota, etc.).

What is this person supposed to do when they get here? Get a temp registration? Get a Mi trailer plate?

How is this supposed to work?

I have been pulled over before with a Tennesee boat for not having trailer plates. I explained that Tennesee doesnt require them. The officers reply was "Ok, but Michigan does"....He didnt know what I was supposed to do either.

Does anyone else?

For the record the officer let me go, I am just wondering what Michigan is thinking by enforcing their plate laws on an out of state trailer and boat?
 

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It's hard to believe that MI can enforce local registration/licensing laws on someone from out of state, although an uninformed officer might try.
Requesting a supervisor might be the best idea, if the officer doesn't call in to find out how the situation should be handled.
If a citation were issued I doubt that it would stand up in court, and would likely be dismissed, hopefully with just a phone call from an attorney.
 

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once again, don't they have anything better to do? i'm sure after a radio call the local swine could find out what the law states and make a judgement. or hope you get pulled over by a donut shop and he is lured away by the smell
 

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I am under the impression that you are under the rules of your home state. If you don't need a plate in TN, you don't need one while you are visiting Michigan. Just like when I go home to Ohio. On the car I only have one license plate (on the rear) but Ohio requires 2 (front and back) for their residents. I pass 20 State Highway Patrolmen every trip and have yet to be pulled over for not having a front plate in Ohio.

The only thing would be the helmet law. Wonder how they enforce that?
 

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Interesting question. I really have no idea but it doesn't smell right to me. If this were accurate about having to follow the state laws then wouldn't that mean you would have to have a MI drivers license too. I would assume he will get out of this one....
 

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QUOTE(Big Dog @ Oct 13 2009, 08:47 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>It's hard to believe that MI can enforce local registration/licensing laws on someone from out of state, although an uninformed officer might try.

I would find it hard to believe they could not!!!


Is there any paperwork, such as a registration, sticker, or bill of sale?? If so, I would just keep that with you. If there is no paperwork I would visit a SOS and try and get at least a temp plate.
 

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The response from a LEO in Arkansas is as follows:

"If his state does not require a trailer plate, and his license shows to be from said state, then that ticket is bogus and should be dismissed in court...unless state law requires some sort of visitor registration which I doubt.

For instance, Arkansas does not issue a front license plate, in some states that issue both a front and a back, and they insist on giving tickets for no front plate, knowing that more than likely they will not return for the court date and just pay the ticket. Should they show up for the date, most likely it would be thrown out of court.

Yes, it is wrong and it no, it ain't right but that is the way it is."

A phone call from the "victim's" attorney or a LEO friend from his home state may help to resolve the case, if they request the citation be revoked.
 

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QUOTE(Mini @ Oct 13 2009, 09:34 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Please do.

Boat registration is all that is needed in other states that do not require a license plate.

Should be good with just that then. Although expect to be pulled over.
 

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I cant find anything requiring out of state trailers to show a Michigan license plate other than a commerical over the road truck. Then they have to join some other organization (IRC or IRL - International Registration something or another).....

I just called him and told him what you said BigDog. I am going to make some calls tomorrow too.

If anyone finds anything out, either email or PM me or TXT me if you have my number.
 

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QUOTE(Pornodave @ Oct 13 2009, 09:39 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>QUOTE(Mini @ Oct 13 2009, 09:34 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Please do.

Boat registration is all that is needed in other states that do not require a license plate.

Should be good with just that then. Although expect to be pulled over.


The officer was told that boat registration and insurance paper work was in hand and he never asked to see it.....he still wrote the ticket.

You would think seeing WI (as opposed to MC) numbers would be enough....
 

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QUOTE(Big Dog @ Oct 13 2009, 09:35 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>The response from a LEO in Arkansas is as follows:

"If his state does not require a trailer plate, and his license shows to be from said state, then that ticket is bogus and should be dismissed in court...unless state law requires some sort of visitor registration which I doubt.

that is what I understand to be true.
 

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QUOTE(little guy @ Oct 13 2009, 09:47 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>QUOTE(Big Dog @ Oct 13 2009, 09:35 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>The response from a LEO in Arkansas is as follows:

"If his state does not require a trailer plate, and his license shows to be from said state, then that ticket is bogus and should be dismissed in court...unless state law requires some sort of visitor registration which I doubt.

that is what I understand to be true.

I dont think his license has any bearing on it. Its where the trailer is registered, not where he is licensed. If the trailer is registered out of state, then yeah it follows those rules. If there is no proof he better have a plate - regardless of where his DL is from.
 

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WI license, WI plates on the truck, WI boat registration.....

MCSD wrote a money hungry ticket....now do you think he will travel all the way back here (he is leaving at daybreak has to be back to WI) to fight this?
 
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