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Old 01-24-2016, 06:45 PM   #11
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Not necessarily so. Check with YOUR state's requirements concerning a license for operating a bus. PLEASE don't rely on what you hear from others regarding a CDL or endorsements. Get the facts from YOUR state's DMV or State Police.
It does vary depending on where you are, good advice from Capt Squid.
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Old 01-24-2016, 09:07 PM   #12
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Not necessarily so. Check with YOUR state's requirements concerning a license for operating a bus. PLEASE don't rely on what you hear from others regarding a CDL or endorsements. Get the facts from YOUR state's DMV or State Police.
Like I said multiple times in my post, it depends on your state's regulations. If that was unclear regarding the CDL, I apologize. I don't claim to be an expert by any means. All I know is in WI/MN if the vehicle can seat 16 or more passengers one is required to be in possession of a CDL. As CaptSquid said, please check with your local authorities about registration/title/insurance/license requirements. I called two of my local DMVs and one in MN (where I bought the bus) and actually explained what I wanted to do, as well as researched on the DMV websites before I purchased the bus.
P.S. If someone tells you your current insurance will cover a new vehicle/bus purchase that may or may not be true. I called my insurance to check specifically regarding a bus and they said it would not be covered.
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Old 01-24-2016, 09:58 PM   #13
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Roger checking local requirements. In Texas...if it is still registered as a bus (of any size)...you gotta' have a CDL. Switch to RV and nothing more than a regular drivers license is needed.
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Old 01-24-2016, 10:38 PM   #14
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Like I said multiple times in my post, it depends on your state's regulations. If that was unclear regarding the CDL, I apologize. I don't claim to be an expert by any means. All I know is in WI/MN if the vehicle can seat 16 or more passengers one is required to be in possession of a CDL. As CaptSquid said, please check with your local authorities about registration/title/insurance/license requirements. I called two of my local DMVs and one in MN (where I bought the bus) and actually explained what I wanted to do, as well as researched on the DMV websites before I purchased the bus.
P.S. If someone tells you your current insurance will cover a new vehicle/bus purchase that may or may not be true. I called my insurance to check specifically regarding a bus and they said it would not be covered.
That part about the insurance is very crucial. I did the same and was informed that NO I would not be covered.
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Old 02-17-2016, 05:51 PM   #15
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so i just bought my bus on publicsurplus and am picking it up on monday and am driving it from oregon to southern cali. how do i know if it has insurance and or plates before i get there or do auctioned vehicles like this never have any? should i contact oregon dmv and ask about temp plates or whatever or cali dmv? also im assuming ill prob have to call an insurance company, anyone know of any good commercial vehicle insurance companies or will any company work?
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Old 02-17-2016, 06:55 PM   #16
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Public auctions are like all sales lots - no plates. Usually, though, you have a set period of time to move the vehicle with just the bill of sale. As for insurance, start with your own agent.

As for licensing/titling, you MUST contact DMV.
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Old 02-17-2016, 08:26 PM   #17
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va. has transport tags for 5 bucks, well worth it. check your local dmv
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Old 02-18-2016, 05:06 AM   #18
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Nevada has a temp movement permit you can pick up at the DMV I believe they are good for 10 day's .

Depending on your state insurance laws insurance companies must issue at least a liability policy .

They do not however have to give you the very best rates state farm has several so called companies all , owned by them from the premium great rates one to the only way you can get covered is in the state high risk pool most agents will not tell you about the SR "Stated Required minimum coverage " 22 as its called in some areas because state farm or whichever company pays the agents based on how few claims come thru their agency and the underwriters want them to limit risk as much as possible so pay less to agents on high risk policies .
SR 22 is the risk pool that DUI and never had insurance before and I got a ticket and they took my plates until I have proof of insurance types .

Very good friend is a retired agent from State Farm and now has a farm bureau office . That's where I am getting my info He said to contact your state insurance board and ask for the coverage under the mandatory coverage laws .
This may not be true in every state .
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Old 02-18-2016, 12:22 PM   #19
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To my knowledge, all states have some form of temporary or "in transit" tags avail (?).
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va. has transport tags for 5 bucks, well worth it. check your local dmv
I wish Oregon was that cheap. I had to pay $30 for a 10 day tag. I also had to show proof of insurance to get it. They wanted to charge me more since the GVW was 14050#. I said no thanks, just give me the one for under 10k GVW.
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