Filing an Affidavit is for a very specific scenario: This is an option when it is TOO LATE or TOO EARLY to file for a non-operation (non-op) status on your vehicle. The non-op can only be filed 70 days before or 90 days after the expiration date– so what do you do when you are out of the window AND you don’t want to continue paying for insurance for a vehicle that is not being used? You file an ANU.
Having auto insurance that meets the California limits of liability is a legal requirement if you are operating a vehicle in California. When you remove the insurance from a registered vehicle your insurance carrier notifies the DMV electronically that it no longer has insurance. The DMV in turn notifies you by mail of their intent to suspend your vehicle registration. If after roughly 3-4 weeks you do not get insurance on your vehicle, the DMV will suspend your registration and charges a $14 reinstatement fee. A suspended registration stops you from being able to get stickers or registration on your vehicle until you obtain insurance on your vehicle again. You can avoid getting suspended by filing a Affidavit(ANU).
There are a couple of reasons why you may need to file the Affidavit:
Let’s take a moment to look at the definition of affidavit: “a sworn statement in writing made especially under oath or on affirmation”. You’re telling the DMV that you are affirming that the vehicle will NOT be in use.
Filing an affidavit tells the DMV two things:
Here are the conditions to be able to file an Affidavit.
Note: Option 1 by far is the best, because you get a confirmation you can print/save for your records after you submit the ANU. You must have your license plate number and the vehicle identification number.
It is strongly advised that you be close to a printer so you can print the Affidavit confirmation or have software that lets you capture the confirmation on your computer and save it on your computer. The Department of Motor Vehicles has a way for individuals to recover the proof that an affidavit was filed, HOWEVER, it is a pain in the butt to obtain & it takes months.
If you don’t qualify for an ANU, here’s a few notes:
Other things to take note about the ANU:
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