It doesn’t matter to the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) that your life is busy. Like every other frustrated resident, you are required to keep your vehicle registration and official DMV records up-to-date. And, if you fall short, you can be sure that they won’t let you off the hook. How big a price you’ll have to pay will depend on the time that has elapsed, and what exactly is keeping you from being compliant.

Here are a few examples of common trouble spots that Quick Auto Tags helps customers resolve every day.

Problem 1:

Oh shoot! I just realized that my car registration has expired.

Problem 2:

I remember getting my registration stickers but now I can’t find them.


If your registration stickers have been lost, stolen, mutilated, or have become illegible and you are caught driving without them, you will have to pay a $25 base fine plus penalty assessment (estimated to be 4-5 times the base amount) which could be as much as $100-200. If your registration has been expired for 6 months or longer, the police can impound your car according to section 22651 (o) (1) (A) of the California Vehicle Code.


Get replacement registration sticker and update your registration today at Quick Auto Tags.

Problem 3:

I sold my car two weeks ago, but I still haven’t gone down to the DMV to file the papers for transfer of ownership.


Sellers are liable for their vehicles until they have completed a Notice of Transfer and Release of Liability (NRL), which needs to be done within 5 days of the sale.


Buyers must report change of ownership to the DMV within 10 days of purchase. If they fail to pay the associated transfer fees within 30 days of the sale, they will incur transfer and use tax penalties.


Don’t bother standing in line at the DMV. Quick Auto Tags can help you transfer ownership promptly.

Problem 4:

My brother bought a new car and gave me his old one. I need to register it, but we can’t find the title.


Many DMV transactions require presentation of the vehicle’s California Certificate of Title. If the original has been lost, stolen, mutilated, has become illegible, or was never received, the owner can submit a request for duplicate and pay a minimal fee. However, if a duplicate title has issued within the past 90 days, the owner will also be required have a VIN verification.


Whether you only need an Application for Duplicate Title form (Reg 227) or a VIN verification as well, Quick Auto Tags has the knowledge and experience to get a new title in your hands as soon as possible.

Problem 5:

I’m sorry officer, I know I put my registration in my glove box but for some reason I can’t find it now.


In addition to the reason the officer stopped you in the first place, you may now have to pay an additional penalty for not having your current vehicle registration on-hand.


Lost track of your registration? No problem. The helpful staff at Quick Auto Tags can help you get a duplicate copy right away.

Problem 6:

I need to have some work done on the car I bought in Arizona last month. I don’t want to end up paying a penalty because of a delay in getting it registered.


To avoid being cited for failure to register a vehicle in California, the DMV offers temporary registration options that document the vehicle and ownership status until the vehicle can be registered.


If you are a nonresident, or your vehicle needs to be transported, or worked on before it can be registered, the experts at Quick Auto Tags can help you determine which course of action best fits your needs. And, they can get the job done quickly and painlessly.

Problem 7:

My friend and I are thinking of restoring an old jeep. I don’t know if we will be able to register it because the title says “salvage.”


Although it is possible, reviving a salvage or junk vehicle will take a lot of effort. If you have the patience and wherewithal to get the job done, the DMV also requires several steps and forms to be completed before your project can be registered.


The expert team at Quick Auto Tags understands DMV rules and regulations. They are ready to help you cut through the red tape and get your prized beauty back on the road in no time.

Quick Auto Tags is Solution Central

If you are facing these, or any other California DMV-related difficulties, our team of experts is ready and willing to help. 

Want to learn more? Continue reading on the Ultimate Guide for California Car Owners

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