My question involves vehicle registration or title in the state of: Illinois/Colorado/some third state?
I have a Colorado driver's license/real ID. I would like to purchase a used minivan in Illinois for my use in Illinois. I do not intend for it to ever see Colorado. The Illinois DMV says I cannot register a vehicle in Illinois without an Illinois driver's license. The Colorado DMV says I cannot register a vehicle in Colorado that currently has an out-of-state title until it is inspected by the Colorado State Patrol, in Colorado.
Are the people I spoke with at the Illinois and Colorado DMVs correct in their assertions?
Are there any states that do allow non-residents to register vehicles without the vehicle being present in that state? Would I be breaking any Illinois, Colorado, federal, etc. laws by registering the vehicle in a third state (one I and my vehicle will never visit)?
Any other suggestions for how to get around this bureaucratic conundrum? Surely there must be some way to own cars in two different states. I know lots of people have multiple homes, live and work in different states, buy cars for dependents in other states, etc. What am I missing here?
Thank you in advance for any assistance you can provide.