Can My Condo Association Ask For My Car’s Registration?

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D.F. from New Haven County writes:

Dear Mister Condo,

Does my condo association have the right to ask for a copy of my car registration? They want the license plate number which is ok, but I don’t think they should have the right to a copy of my car registration. Thanks.

Mister Condo replies:

D.F., yes, your condo association is well within their rights to request a copy of your registration as long as the condo’s by-laws require that all vehicles on the property be registered. There are a couple of reasons for this. The association wants to make sure that all vehicles are registered and insured so as to limit the association’s liability in the event of a mishap. Also, unregistered vehicles can become real eyesores as they are likely to be left uncared for and parked on association grounds for long periods of time. Happy motoring!

4 thoughts on “Can My Condo Association Ask For My Car’s Registration?

  1. Can my HOA force me to change my registration to the address in the association in order to park in the common areas? My car is legally registered and insurance in the state.

    1. S.N., take a look at the governing documents and see what they say about vehicles that are parked on the common grounds. If the rules already state that the only cars that may be parked on association grounds are those registered to unit owners listing the association as their residence then you would have to comply. However, I can tell you that it is unlikely for an association to have such a requirement. Typically, they require all vehicles to be registered and insured as this protects the association. I imagine this is a very difficult provision for the association to enforce. Are all owners required to submit copies of their registrations? How else would they know? Check out your documents and see what they say. All the best!

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