This is referred to as a Formal Entry (7501 Entry) and includes the following:
Import Requirements: To import a vehicle into the US, it must be compliant to USDOT (US Department of Transportation) and EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) standards. Regardless of the year of the vehicle, USDOT Form HS-7 and EPA Form 3520 must be completed and filed upon entry along with the applicable entry paperwork and forms required for a commercial entry and by a commercial carrier when crossing the border.
Formal Entry: It will take up to four (4) weeks for US Customs to process FORM 7501. The completed form will be mailed to the importer’s address. If you change addresses different than on your customs paperwork before receiving FORM 7501, please contact your broker as soon as possible and provide your new delivery address. Note: US Customs will not research inquiries prior to three (3) weeks upon date of crossing the border.
Registering: You will not be able to title and register your vehicle with the DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles) until you have received FORM 7501.
Once you receive FORM 7501, bring the 7501, Canadian title, bill-of-sale (if applicable) to the DMV. Importer will be responsible for title, registration fees and applicable local taxes.
This is referred to as a 3299 ENTRY and includes the following:
a. Canadian vehicle that will be in the United States (US) 12 months or less.
E.g. snowbirds, less than 1 year work visa, or students. These vehicles cannot be titled, sold or traded in the US. They must return to Canada to change ownership.
b. US title vehicle returning to the US. (must provide copy of US title or registration)