Background: I bought a new car in the US in 2019. I moved from the US to Canada in 2020 and completed the export and import procedures needed to register the car in Canada. So currently, the car is registered in Quebec, and I have Quebec plates.
I am moving back to the US this summer to start another job in California, and I want to import my car to the US. From what I have gathered from internet searches, I will need the following documentation:
- Canadian title/registration (I have the Quebec registration)
- Bill of sale (Note the bill of sale is from the US)
- Temporary U.S. transit permit or license plate
- DOT form HS-7 (https://www.nhtsa.gov/sites/nhtsa.gov/files/documents/hs7_rv9-tag.pdf)
- EPA form 3520 (https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2021-02/documents/form3520-1-2021-01-secured-enabled.pdf)
- Cash or credit card to pay import duty
- Are these all of the documents I will need to import the car?
- Do I need the temporary U.S. transit permit or license plate if I am driving directly to my destination (after necessary stops for rest)? If so, where do I get the temporary U.S. transit permit or license plate? I am driving the car from Montreal to California, and will first stop in Indiana. If I do need the temporary license plate, should I get it from Indiana? Edit. No I will not need this.
- Is there anything at the border that I will need to do other than present the above documents and pay the import duty? For example, are there any inspections that will need to take place at the border or prior to me brining the car back to the states?
Edit. After the two answers below, it looks like I will not need a temporary U.S. transit permit or license plate and that there will be no import duty.
I am still interested to know if there are any inspections that need to happen before I travel to the border or at the border.
Thank you in advance for your help!