CANADIAN & MEXICAN STUDENT BRINGING VEHICLES
It is important for Canadian and Mexican BSSM students bringing cars into the United States for the school year to tell the U.S. Customs and Border Protections (CBP) agents at the border crossing that you are NOT importing the vehicle. Emphasize that you will be temporarily registering the vehicle in California as a non-resident student and obtain a proper form from them. Any one of several CBP forms on the vehicle is acceptable to the California DMV (forms #3299, 3311, 3461, 6059, or 7501). Canadian and Mexican vehicles are NOT exempt from the California registration requirement for non-resident student vehicles.
Canadian BSSM students in particular should confirm their Canadian auto insurer will cover them in California or consider obtaining auto insurance in California. We have discovered instances of Canadian BSSM students being involved in collisions while in Redding and their Canadian insurer not fully covering them, as the insurance company was unaware they were living in California as a student.