Special Interstate Registrations (SPI)

Special Interstate Registrations (SPI)

A Special Interstate Registration (SPI) is for a vehicle that is titled and registered in another state, and is owned by a non-resident who conducts business between his/her home state and Arizona. An Arizona title will not be issued to the owner/operator, and they will retain their out-of-state registration. Vehicles must meet Arizona’s requirements for registration, and an SPI will not be issued to a vehicle which is eligible to be titled in the state of Arizona.

The following circumstances are eligible for an SPI:

  • •  A non-resident who conducts business between his/her home state and Arizona.
  • •  An applicant who owns or uses a vehicle that is titled and registered out-of-state, and who has established concurrent residency, and uses the vehicle in Arizona.
  • •  A vehicle titled in another state and routinely operated in Arizona by a resident who is not the owner of the vehicle.
  • •  An applicant who is registering a leased vehicle.

In addition to all other registration requirements, the applicant must submit satisfactory evidence that the vehicle is currently titled in another state. When an out-of-state resident owns the vehicle, the applicant must present a notarized power of attorney from the out-of-state owner, authorizing the applicant to register the vehicle in Arizona.

The names that appear on the SPI record will exactly match the names that appear on the out-of-state registration document. When the out-of-state registration document lists a lessee that is not the current lessee, the out-of-state title must be submitted to Arizona MVD. An Arizona title in the name of the lessor will be issued, and the current lessee will be indicated as the registrant (at the option of the lessor). The Lessor Authorization Form (form # 40-0207) will be required in order to indicate the lessee as the registrant.

For the purposes of issuing an SPI, the following clarifications have been made by MVD:

  • •  A non-resident who conducts business between their home state and Arizona must have a current registration for their out-of-state vehicle.
  • Example: The applicant owns or uses a vehicle that is titled and registered out-of-state, who has established concurrent residency and uses the vehicle in Arizona.
  • •  The vehicle will carry current registration in both states.
  • •  When in Arizona, the vehicle will display the Arizona license plate assigned to it.
  • •  When in their home state, the vehicle will display the license plates issued to it by that state.
  • •  A vehicle titled in another state and routinely operated in Arizona by a resident who is not the owner of the vehicle.
  • Example: The applicant is a student going to ASU, paying resident tuition. The vehicle is owned by their parents who live in Utah.
  • •  An Arizona registration and a power of attorney are needed.
  • •  A leased vehicle which the owner presents an out-of-state title has moved to arizona
  • Example: The applicant(s)
  • •  Names and legal status cannot be changed
  • •  If both the lesseee and lessor names appear on the out-of-state registration, a completed Lessor Affidavit must be included with the application.
  • •  The lessee may complete the form with a power of attorney from the lessor. This allows the lessee to renew the vehicle without another power of attorney.
  • •  If the lessor’s name is the only name on the out-of-state registration, the SPI will be processed in the lessor’s name only.
  • •  The lessee must have a notarized power of attorney from the lessor to perform the original SPI transaction.
  • •  The lessee will need a power of attorney to process a renewal of the SPI registration.