Thanks for the detailed post Les!
Originally Posted by Les Lampman
So, if Mass has no temp tags what happens there when you buy a new car? Do they have plates on hand so you can drive home immediately?
Mass RMV says:
"If you own a vehicle or trailer and purchase a new vehicle or trailer from a dealer or purchase a used vehicle or trailer from a private party, you may transfer your registration to the newly acquired vehicle. Massachusetts allows a grace period of seven (7) calendar days from the date you dispose of your previous vehicle to register your newly acquired vehicle.
Under this grace period, the following conditions must be met:
* You must be at least 18 years old.
* The newly acquired vehicle or trailer must be of the same type and have the same number of wheels as the previous vehicle or trailer.
* You must carry the transfer documents, which show the registration number to be transferred, in your vehicle.
* You must have lost possession of or disposed of your previous vehicle.
* The registration plates must be attached to the newly acquired vehicle.
Please note, there is no grace period if you do not currently have a registered vehicle or trailer. The RMV does not issue temporary registration plates. "
So, I could probably do it if I had "Auto home" plates to attach, it's a chicken/egg problem. The yard in Illinois just forwarded me the name of a ferry service that charges $1/mile. Not outragous - but more then I want to spend for a 900+ mile trip.