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Vehicle Ownership in the Best US State: Montana
You need a presence in a US state in order to own a vehicle in the US.
Use Montana, which doesn't require a US driver's license, doesn't require the vehicle to physically enter Montana, and has sales tax of 0%.
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Don't waste your valuable holiday time figuring out which forms to fill and standing in line.
Let the experts at visitor.us register your vehicle, so you can focus on enjoying your visit.
Hit the road right away, we'll get your documents to you on the road
We'll generate and email you 40-day Montana Temp Tags upon request.
Use these to hit the road while your annual registration is in process.
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Answers to common questions about visitor.us
What is visitor.us?
visitor.us is an auto dealer and vehicle registration services provider focused exclusively on international visitors to the United States.
We help international vehicles to the United States own vehicles as an alternative to renting.
What issues do international visitors face when trying to buy a vehicle in the US?
Buying a vehicle is easy - owning it in your name is the hard part.
Owning a vehicle in the US isn't managed by our national government - it's managed by the US states.
So there's not just one formula for owning a vehicle in the US, there are many - one for each US state.
And some US states are harder than others.
Take Illinois. If you flew into Chicago and wanted to own a vehicle there, you'd have to get an Illinois driver's license. Or Tennessee - if you flew into Nashville, you'd have to provide a utility bill or a bank statement proving that you live in Tennessee in order to own a vehicle there.
All in all, 21 US states require a US driver's license or social security number to own a vehicle, and 14 US states require proof of residency (in that state) to own a vehicle.
Each US state has its own vehicle inspection requirements, its own taxes, and its own fees.
Is there a "best" US state in which to own a vehicle as an international visitor?
Montana is the best state for non-US residents to own a vehicle. Why?
- Montana doesn't require a US driver's license or social security number to own a vehicle,
- Montana doesn't have any vehicle inspection requirements, so you can buy your vehicle anywhere in the US, and it never has to come to Montana to be registered here, and
- Sales tax on vehicles in Montana is 0%. And since sales tax is due where a vehicle is registered, not where it's purchased, owning a vehicle in Montana can be hundreds (or thousands) of dollars cheaper than owning a vehicle in another US state.
How does visitor.us help international visitors own vehicles in the best US state?
Montana requires a presence in Montana to register a vehicle.
Proof of residence (such as a utility bill or bank statement) is required for individuals.
But like every other US state, considers legal entities (such companies) formed within the state as residents.
So visitor.us forms the simplest type of company, a Limited Liability Company (LLC), for each customer.
Your Montana LLC acts as your presence in Montana, and can therefore own a vehicle here.
Your Limited Liability Company is owned 100% by you; visitor.us just acts as your company's administrator (its Registered Agent).
How does visitor.us register my vehicle to my company?
Once we have your Montana Limited Liability Company set up, the process is pretty simple:
- You purchase the best vehicle for your roadtrip,
- You or the seller sends visitor.us the vehicle's prior title (its official ownership document) with a Fedex shipping label that visitor.us generates and emails to you,
- One of the visitor.us team walks into the Montana DMV and registers your vehicle to your Montana LLC, and walks out with Montana license plates, registration document, and title for the vehicle.
How long until I can drive my vehicle?
When you use visitor.us, 40-day Montana temp tags are available upon request.
Temp tags are paper license plates that give a vehicle buyer a grace period between vehicle purchase and vehicle registration.
Montana's temp tags are PDF files. We email them to you, and you print them out, fix them to the rear of your vehicle, and hit the road.
How and when do I receive my license plates, registration, and title?
visitor.us will register your vehicle within 7-10 days of receiving your vehicle's title (properly signed by the previous owner) and we receive your Montana license plates, registration document, and title upon registration.
We will courier (via Fedex) your items to a location convenient to you. That could be to the vehicle's seller or to a friend or family member's house. Or, if you're on the road, we can send your items to a Fedex Office location convenient to your travels, to be held for pickup for up to five business days
What happens at the end of my visit?
Your vehicle is yours to dispose of how you wish - you can sell it, put it into storage for your next visit, or export it for use somewhere else in the world.
If you sell or export your vehicle, and wish to close your Limited Liability Company, simply notify visitor.us, and we'll send an LLC Termination Request for your electronic signature.
visitor.us will terminate your LLC upon your written, signed request at no additional cost, and provide evidence of its completion (Articles of Termination and Certification Letter, provided by the Montana Secretary of State) for your records.
Can I take my vehicle into Canada? Mexico? Central and South America?
Vehicles with a current, valid US registration can travel freely in any country with relations with the United States.
Vehicles crossing into Mexico and other countries in Central and South America require a permission letter if the vehicle is driven by a person other than the registered owner. Template permission letters are available to visitor.us customers upon request.
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