During peaceful times you have to keep your BOV properly registered and tagged at all times however when the SHTF this requirement may not actually hold much water. However until that time actually arrives you must now register and tag your bug out vehicle – this is a simple fact of life. Often the subject of vehicle registration comes up when preppers and survivalists gather together for a meeting of minds. Some people quickly begin to ask which states are better and friendlier for registering their carefully built BOV. Myself I prefer my home state of Delaware over some of the other locations around the nation. Some traveling RV residents might decide otherwise. In the end it is really a matter of what you are looking for and the degree of bugging out you may be planning for.
Those states which are usually considered popular for BOV registration are South Dakota, Nevada, Texas, Florida, New Hampshire, Washington and Oregon. Each state listed has its own quota of positive and negative attributes. Unfortunately, there is no single state that appears to be the perfect choice. No one state fits all as they frequently say.
Let’s begin by eliminating them one by one. First after doing considerable research the state of Nevada was scratched from the list. The same results were obtained from Texas, Florida, New Hampshire, Washington and Oregon. I finally decided to select my home state since there are no state sales tax in Delaware, no annual personal property tax on my BOV, and a one time two percent tax levied when the vehicle is first registered or transferred.
Many of my followers are well aware that I use an RV as my bug out vehicle. With this said one of the best benefits that I have discovered within my home state in regards to vehicle registration of my “War-Wagon” RV is the fact that it qualifies to be registered as an antique vehicle. since it was built more than 25 years ago my 1989 Winnebago Minnie Winnie which makes it 26 years old is well qualified. The law in Delaware states that the vehicle or BOV must be in running condition and used as a collector’s item.
In order to register your vehicle as an antique you will first have to have a safety inspection performed at your local DMV inspection station. Once you have completed the quick inspection you will need to actually register the vehicle as an antique. Be sure to take your current title, registration and drivers license with you when you visit the DMV. Like most states you will also be required to present your proof of insurance card when completing this phase of registration.
As in anything in life you will be required to pay a DMV fee to cover registration and titling which was for me around $65 dollars. What this amounts to is that you will pay a one time fee and have your BOV inspected one time only than as long as you own the vehicle you will never pay any additional money or need to have it inspected again. In my case, I would merely need to go or write to the Motor Vehicle Agency Department in order to renew my registration each year. No further inspections are needed nor payment of any kind. All is not perfect here however for your registered antique BOV can only be used for going to and from shows or events. Now if you are going to an antique car show somewhere nothing says you can not go camping or have a bug out exercise at the same time. In my case, I would take my BOV RV to a survivalist get together in Virginia and that would be viewed as acceptable use.
When registering your BOV or RV as an antique vehicle you must be considered a resident of the state. That is one of the things which the DMV checks when you renew your registration as well. How do they check? They use your driver’s license address to determine your residency. In the event that you change your driver’s license to another state you must also change your registration as well. Many people use a mail forwarding service however the Delaware DMV will not accept postal addresses. The joy of this type of vehicle registration is that it can be accomplished by mail as long as all the requirements are met.
Anyone consider registering their BOV in another state other than their own should carefully weigh the pros and cons of each. Do your proper research before making your final decision. If something about the states registration is intolerable for you than by all means consider an alternative state.