I think the sb100 follows the car. But the safest thing to do is just call the DMV & ask.
Is it still as hard to get the sb100 "exemption"?
Doug no I don't think so. A friend of mine went through the SB100 process last year & had little trouble. Fewer people are building "kit cars" these days. There are so many fewer companies making them. The ones that are available now certainly don't fall under the old VW based economical banner. Fewer people seem to know how to even work on cars these day too. If you go to car events, besides the import "drifter" crowd of young people. Most of the owners are old farts like me (50+)LOL Only the empty nester/retirees have the time/money & knowledge to build cars. So no I don't think the SB100 limit is much of a problem anymore. However that being said. That's why I've been looking for a body or modifying a Lotus Europa I had. Also I bought a Triumph Spitfire to put my Devin body one. Just to avoid any hassle in getting an SB100 & expense too. They want all the receipts & figure up what it cost you. Then tax/fee you based on that. So it can be quite a chunk on top of what you payed out to build the car.
"Full faith and credit ought to be given in each state to the public acts, records, and judicial proceedings, of every other state; and the legislature shall, by general laws, prescribe the manner in which such acts, records, and proceedings, shall be proved, and the effect which judgments, obtained in one state, shall have in another."
I believe they have to honor your states registration.
The important question to ask is do you have to pay the use tax again. Also it might even be possible that SB100 is a one shot deal. It is meant to register a newly completed self built car for the first time.
Now it's a given that Calif will register a car coming in from a different state. The question is do you still enjoy the smog exemption requirements after bringing it back to California.
Sooooooooooooooooo.....call the DMV and let us know what you find out.
I'll check into it and report back. Situation is that I may be moving out of state for a job, but probably not permanently, so if it turns out to put my hard earned SB100 status at risk, I'll just leave the car in CA.
I am virtually certain that once a car leaves the state, the SB100 is gone. The process for bringing a car in from another state is a little different than the typical "SB100" hoop-jumping, but not much.
From those that have applied in the last few years, it appears that there is much less demand for SB100 exemptions, and numbers have been available even at the end of the year.
You cannot do "SB100" on a car that has already been titled. SB100 is a process for creating a title, VIN and registration process for a FIRST TIME JUST COMPLETED SELF BUILT CAR. It cannot have EVER be titled before.
The question is once a car has been done with the SB100 process in California and subsequently moved to another state and re registered and/or titled there can it return to California and enjoy the benefits of SB100 status after reregistering back in California again.
BUT.....................it does look like it may be possible to reinstate a prior SB100 car.
From the Calif DMV website;
Some nonresident vehicle registration applicants
may be issued an SPCNS certificate of
sequence when the out-of-state title identifies
the vehicle make as SPCNS, homemade,
assembled, etc. and the vehicle meets the
SPCNS definition per CVC §580.
Haven't checked back here in a while, but that quote from the CA DMV would appear to answer my question.
Not that DMV is known for being logical, but it would only make sense. I do remember on a regular car that I moved from CA to WA and back to CA a number of years ago, when I went to re-register on return 5 years later, they still had all the details of the car on their system.