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Buying/registering as non US citizen in California

I've read a few other posts regarding buying and registering in California, but still have reservations. My wife and I are hoping to fly to LA from London in May, purchase a couple of Vstars or similar and cruise around the west coast for a couple of months (perhaps standard for some but a long awaited trip of a lifetime for us). We do have an address we can use in California and we had hoped to spend no more than a week, purchasing and registering the newly bought bikes, but we've recently been advised that to get a title document from the DMV, we need a Cali drivers licence and a 4-6 week wait for the fresh registration plates to come through. Really??? Others don't appear to have had a problem, but its a long way to go on the chance of failure. Perhaps its our age, but it would be great to have a little more confidence to know its possible. Any help/comments would be greatly appreciated, there must be somebody out there who has done this recently who could perhaps point us in the right direction.
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Are you welded to registering in California? This is much easier in other states, like Arizona, Nevada and New Mexico.

I have recently done it in AZ, very easy.
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Not really. We're flying into LA, but can travel if it makes life easier. Did you do it with a US licence or are you non resident. Are you aware whether we can do it with a UK licence and did you have to wait to receive the reg plates?
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OP, if you use the search forum you'll find that this question is asked a lot, and that answers are plentiful.

Not trying to be obnoxious about it--just suggesting you try this for more and better answers to your questions.

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Well, I have to admit I'm a little new to this forum stuff, but I have trawled and trawled a load of associated stuff, but I still can't find a definitive answer to my question. Do we need a California drivers licence to get a title for a motorcycle bought in California?, and therefore make it very difficult to do what we want to do. DMV don't make it clear - I would be very grateful if anyone could point me towards the answer if indeed they've seen it.
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i am an australian in nevada, non resident, non citizen on ozzie licence. i bought and registered a car here with no problems.
its only a 4 hour drive to vegas from LA so that could be an option for you.
that can give you a back up plan should California give you any issues.
when you buy the vehicle they give you a one month temp registration permit type thing. and then when all the paperwork (title etc) are ready for pick up. take it dmv and you get plates on the spot. i insured with progressive as they are cheapish and insure foreigners
hope this helps a little bit
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Did you do it with a US licence or are you non resident. Are you aware whether we can do it with a UK licence and did you have to wait to receive the reg plates?
Non Resident - Aussie Licence, got the plates straight away.
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Thanks for all advice, due to contact from forum members, it looks as though we are sorted with local help/expertise.
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