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Location: Chester, VA
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I agree with Moeman, fix the registration and get some plates that are in your name and you should be good to go.
Im not sure your reasoning behind letting the registration stay in someone else's name but your supposed to switch it over to your name when you purchase/title a vehicle, at least thats the way it is in VA.
The registration "runs out" and needs renewed annually yes, but it also needs switched over to the new owners name when the vehicle is transferred. That way the vehicle is REGISTERED TO YOU. That proves ownership and responsibility for the vehicle. That's probably why they thought it was stolen.
You pay taxes on your personal property, and that is what the registration is partially for, if you bought it from someone and it still had "time before it expired" then you still have to switch it over and pay taxes from the time you took ownership, and the person selling it would be reimbursed for the time that they did not have it. So technically, by not registering it it your name at the time of purchase, you are forcing the person that sold it to you to pay taxes on it still, until it gets transferred into your name and on paper, it still looks like it is their bike and not yours.
I think Moeman has it right, if you get it registered in your name asap, you should be good to go... No issues, and i also agree in saying that unless you have something in writing, i wouldn't give the cops my bike for days, especially for something that would only take a few minutes to get some numbers.