California Vehicle Registration
If you are buying a car out of state or you are new to California you will need to apply for California Vehicle Registration to register car in California. The CA DMV lingo for this type of vehicle registration transaction is called a Non Resident Vehicle Transaction. From talking to thousands of clients through the 20 years in the vehicle registration industry, most people become very anxious when they have to register car in California for the firs time. Horror stories have been told though the years, that buying a car from out of state and applying for California Vehicle Registration is a nightmare. This is actually not true and it is a very simple process to apply for California Vehicle Registration and register car in California.
Buying A Car From Out of State
If you would like to purchase a car from another state and you reside in California, you have every right to do so as long as it meets the California DMV’s requirements to register car in California and obtain California Vehicle Registration. In this section we will out line the requirements so you can do your do diligence prior to importing the vehicle in to California.
The California DMV basically classifies any vehicle that does not have the capacity to carry a load and automobile. Vehicles included in this category include sedans, hatchbacks, Suv’s, Convertibles, school buses, and motorhomes. You will need the following items to apply for California Vehicle Registration so you can register car in California.
A. Certificate of Title from the Previous State
B. Application for Title (Registration Form 343)
C. VIN Verification Form (Registration Form 31)
D. Smog Check (Within 90 days of entry to California) 1975 model year and earlier are exempt from the Smog Check Program.
E.Please check to make sure the under hood emissions label indicates the motor vehicle complies with California Emissions Standards. If it does not, the vehicle must be older than 2 model years and have ore than 7500 miles on the odometer and the vehicle you can still register car in California.
The easiest way to complete this process is by going to The Tag Shop DMV San Diego. The Tag Shop is one the only vehicle registration service provider who specializes in out of state registration.. Our facility is equipped with a Smog Check Inspection Station so you can register car in California in less than 30 minutes. This process usually takes hours and multiple visits at the San Diego DMV Field Office. If you would like to go the local field office to complete your Non Resident Vehicle transaction, we have listed the address of the local field office below.
3960 Normal St
San Diego, Ca 92103
Commercial Vehicle Registration
A commercial vehicle in California is basically defined as any vehicle the has the capacity to carry a load. Vehicles defined in this category include pickup trucks, Semi Trucks, Passenger Vehicle for Business purposes, Van(Without Seats), and specialty trucks. If you want to register car in California that is a commercial vehicle the following items will be required.
A. Vehicle tile from the previous state
B. Application for Title (Vehicle Registration Form 343)
C. VIN Verification (Vehicle Registration Form 31)
D. Smog Certificate (From a California certified smog inspection station) Smog Station Finder
E. Weight Certificate (From a California Public Weigh Master) Weigh Station Locator
D. Gross/Combined Weight Declaration (Vehicle Registration Form 4008)
Notes: If the vehicle is 1975 or older a smog inspection is not required – Vehicle which weigh more than 10,000lbs unladen do not need a weight certificate, the weight can be estimated. Diesel trucks with a GVWR of more than 14000lbs are exempt from the smog check program. Diesel pickups 1998 and older are exempt from the the smog check inspection.
The Tag Shop DMV San Diego
The Tag Shop can register any commercial vehicle in the State of California. We have plates and stickers on hand so you are in out when you register car in California. If you are buying a car from out of state feel free to call The Tag Shop anytime to discuss your vehicle purchase so you can be prepared when you register car in California.