I am traveling by auto entirely within the US. No passport, didn't bring SS card, title or other papers.
Emergency eldercare extended my visit, and both my registration and driver's license expired. I want to return home in the next 2 weeks.
I can't renew my registration online because this is an emisson test year. It's paid up, they are just holding my tags. I am not near any other state that does emissions tests.
I can't renew my driver's license online because this is my year to come in for a vision check/new photo. I will pass.
Should I get DL and reg here?
On the driver's license, bad news: this state wants proof of a) SSN and b) "right to remain in the US", I didn't bring it. Good news: I am in their system, since I had a driver's license here years ago.
On the registration, this state wants title (it's at home) and proof of in-state insurance (I would have to buy that from another insurer at painful cost). This car is not in their system.
I am willing to fly back to my home state (I can) but that will only handle the license, I'd still have to fly back and "drive the gauntlet" with a car with expired tags.
Paying a haulaway company to trailer the car home would be unaffordable and unjustifiable for this car.
I am worried about
- Jail, lawyers, having my car impounded, prohibitive $1000 fines (I can risk a few $100 wrist-slap fines.)
- getting caught in a paperwork catch-22.
- breaking my healthcare, which is currently provided by my home state. I am healthy, and am willing to risk having no healthcare for the journey.
- breaking my excellent, high-limit auto insurance. On principle I refuse to drive without top insurance.
- breaking anything an employer would need to hire me.
So I am trying to get a sense of the risks of going as-is, versus the complications of attempting the paperwork jungle. For instance it would be insane to spend 3 months grinding paperwork if the downside risk is a $100 fine.
How do I get my car and myself home sanely?