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Car Registration in California

All drivers will be requested to update their personal information and current state of the vehicle at every moment, this process will save time and effort when dealing with any issue that may arise. This is mandatory by the State of California for all citizens that register their vehicle at the DMV. Depending on the type of vehicle registration the driver needs, a fee will have to be paid in order to complete the process.

Next you will find all the required documentation to register your vehicle at the DMV. Please bear in mind that all of this information is the one required for regular vehicles and motorcycles. In the case you need to register a vessel or a special vehicle, please visit the official DMV website to be sure you have all the paperwork you need for your kind of vehicle.

New registration in California

If you have bought a new vehicle at the dealership, (if they have the authorization to proceed with) they can make half of the Registration procedure for you . If that is not your case, you will have to do the Registration yourself.

When applying for the new registration, make sure you count with:

    The Certificate of Title must be signed up for both parts (The seller and by yourself)

    Title transfer fees receipt

In the case you bought a new Vehicle, you will have to bring a Application for Title or Registration (REG 343) form.

In the case you have bought an used Vehicle, the California Certificate of Title will be requested (if the vehicle is registered in another State, an out-of-state title will be necessary).

Before making your appointment, please check the DMV portal to verify the necessary paperwork, as depending on the different kind of vehicle you want to register, some other legal forms or certificates will be necessary.

Registration of an used vehicle in California

If you purchased your vehicle from another person you, as the buyer, will have 10 days to register the new vehicle title at the DMV. This transaction is under the name: “Private party purchase Registration”. The seller of the vehicle on the other hand, will have 5 days to notify the transfer of the vehicle’s title to the DMV.

The following paperwork will be necessary to be able to change the ownership of the vehicle:

  • The buyer will have 10 days to register the new vehicle under his/her name at the DMV.
  • On the other hand, the seller of the vehicle will have 5 days to notify the transfer of the vehicle’s title to the DMV.

To be able to change the ownership of the vehicle, the following paperwork will be necessary:

  • The Vehicle’s Title, or as regularly called: “Pink Slip”
  • The Bill of Sale
  • The Vehicle’s record of odometer mileage
  • The Smog certificate of the Vehicle
  • The Applicable fees

This transaction can be made in person making an appointment to the DMV, or by regular mail.

Depending on the kind of vehicle you want to register, there may be different documentation required. Please check the official DMV website to assure you have the correct documentation before making your appointment.

Motorcycles registration in California

When you purchased or have been given any kind of motor-clycled vehicle, it is necessary to register it at the DMV. You will be demanded of the following paperwork to be able to proceed with this:

  • California Certificate of Title of the motorcycle
  • An Insurance Certificate
  • Current California Motorcycle license
  • Applicable fees receipt.

It is worth mentioning that all miniature vehicles (or pocket bikes) are exempt from any registration. This also means that these vehicles cannot be operated in public streets, as they don't comply with the Federal Safety Standards.

All motorized scooters (any vehicle that contains 2 wheels, a motor, handlebars, and a floorboard where you can stand on while riding it) will be allowed to be used in public streets and will not require any registration. All riders must be at least 16 years or older, and be in possession of a valid driver's license. In this case, helmets are mandatory.

Special Vehicles in California

There may be different requirements for special vehicles. In this case, you will need to check the DMV official website in order to register the following vehicles:

All of these vehicles may have different requirements to process with its registration. If this is your case, please check the DMV official website before making your appointment.

Registration renewal in California

When a renewal of your vehicle's registration is needed, you can proceed using the different DMV tools at your disposal: by phone, online, at the kiosk or by regular mail.

To proceed with the renewal of your registration you have to be sure you are in possession of:

  • The license plate number
  • Your VIN (Vehicle identification Number), or the HIN (Hull identification number)
  • The renewal notice with your current address

In the case you already count with this 3, you can use any of the Kiosk stations to complete your self- service renewal.

To be able to complete the “self-service renewal” bear in mind that a series of requirements will be demanded .The renewal of special vehicles or vessels, if there is any infraction or pending issues, you will have to use the online renewal system, as the self-service will not be possible. If you have any doubts, do not hesitate to visit the official DMV website.

The renewal of special vehicles, or if there is a special scenario, you will have to use the online renewal system, as the self-service will not be possible. If you have any doubts, do not hesitate to visit the official DMV website.

Replacement of your registration card in California

You will need to request a replacement of your registration card to the DMV If your card has been lost, damaged or stolen.

To be able to proceed with this transaction you can use the different DMV tools at your disposal:

  • Submit an online application
  • Visit your local DMV office and the Kiosk
  • In person.

The DMV facilitates the payment of the applicable fee by the online tool, or by mail to the address: Department of Motor Vehicles - Registration Operations - PO Box 942869 - Sacramento, California 94269-0001.

Registration fees in California

There are a lot of different factors that can influence this fee figures, like if you have had any infractions or violations to the Federal circulation laws .All registration fees will basically be based on the type of vehicle, its price and the city you are living in, plus the before mentioned if it applies.

You will need to request a replacement of your registration card to the DMV If your card has been lost, damaged or stolen.

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