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How to Get a California Assigned Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)

How to Get a California Assigned Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) – California Highway Patrol (CHP) VIN Verification

As a California resident, you are required to register your vehicle with DMV.

If the vehicle is newly purchased or if it needs an updated registration in California, then obtaining a VIN (California Assigned Vehicle Identification Number) for that car is necessary.

California has the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). Other states might call it something different, like the Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV), Motor Vehicles Division (MVD), Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (HSMV), Driver Services Department (DSD), Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV), Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA), Driver and Vehicle Services (DVS), Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV), Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC), Department of Licensing (DOL), Department of Driver Services (DDS), Department of Public Safety (DPS), or Department of Transportation (DOT).

 

New California VIN Number Registration Process

In order to register a vehicle in California, you will need the following:

1. The vehicle’s title or proof of ownership

2. A smog certificate (if the vehicle is required to have one)

3. Proof of insurance

4. The completed application for registration form

5. The appropriate fees (which vary depending on the type of vehicle being registered)

Application Process:

To apply for a VIN number in California, you will need to complete an application form and submit it to the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). Once your application has been processed, you will be assigned a VIN number which will be printed on a new registration certificate that will be mailed to you.

Fees:

The fee for registering a vehicle in California varies depending on the type of vehicle being registered. For example, the fee for registering a passenger car is $46, while the fee for registering a motorcycle is $36.

 

What Documents Do I Need to Obtain a California Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)?

A bill of sale, registration or title from the previous owner. The document must include the date of purchase, seller’s name and address, and buyer’s name.

Photo ID: A valid driver’s license, passport or other government-issued photo identification.

Completed application form: The California VIN Application (REG 31). This form must be completed with the vehicle information, including make, model, year and body type.

 

California Vehicle Registration Processing Times

The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) assigns VINs to vehicles as they are registered. The time it takes to receive a VIN can vary depending on the workload of the DMV office where you register your vehicle. However, most people should expect to receive their VIN within 10 days of registering their vehicle.

How to check the status of your application:

If you have not received your VIN within 10 days of registering your vehicle, you can check the status of your application by calling the DMV at 1-800-777-0133.

What to do if your application is taking longer than expected:

If you have not received your VIN within 10 days of registering your vehicle and you have checked the status of your application, please contact the DMV at 1-800-777-0133 for further assistance.

 

Do I Need a Smog Inspection Before I Get a CA VIN?

In order to get a California Vehicle Identification Number (VIN), you will need to have your vehicle undergo a smog inspection. This is required in order to ensure that your vehicle meets the state’s emissions standards.

There are a few exceptions to this rule, however. If your vehicle is less than four years old, or if it is powered by an alternative fuel source (such as electricity or natural gas), then you are exempt from the smog inspection requirement.

How to get a smog inspection:

If you need to get a smog inspection, there are a few things you’ll need to do. First, find a certified smog station – these can be found by searching online or in the yellow pages. Next, make sure that your vehicle is ready for the inspection – this means making sure it is clean and in good working condition. Finally, bring all of the required documents with you when you go for your inspection – these include your driver’s license and registration paperwork.

Exceptions:

As mentioned above, there are a few exceptions to the smog inspection requirement for getting a VIN in California. If your vehicle is less than four years old or if it uses an alternative fuel source, then you will not need to get a smog inspection.

 

What Are the Registration Fees For a California VIN?

The fee for registering a California VIN is $46. This fee is payable to the DMV when you register your vehicle.

How to pay:

You can pay the registration fee for a California VIN online, by mail, or in person at a DMV office.

 

Who Can Do A California VIN Verification?

The following people can verify a VIN in California:

-A licensed California DMV employee

-A California Highway Patrol officer

-A peace officer from another state who is authorized by the DMV

-An authorized agent of the DMV who is appointed by the DMV to do verifications. The agent must have a letter from the DMV authorizing them to do VIN verifications.

Process:

The process for getting a VIN verification in California is as follows:

1) Take your vehicle to one of the above listed individuals. If you are going to a CHP office, you must call ahead to make an appointment.

2) The person doing the verification will need to see your vehicle and its current registration certificate. They will also need to see your driver’s license or ID card. If you are not the registered owner of the vehicle, you will need to show proof that you have permission from the registered owner to get the verification done. This can be in the form of a signed letter or power of attorney form.

3) The person doing the verification will inspect your vehicle and fill out a Verification of Vehicle Identification Number (REG 31) form. This form will list information about your vehicle, including the VIN. The form will also list the name and address of the person who did the verification.

4) You will need to take the completed form to a California DMV office within 30 days. You will need to surrender your current registration certificate when you get your new one.

5) There is no fee for a VIN verification in California.

 

What Documents Should You Bring to a CHP VIN Verification Inspection to Obtain CA DMV Form 31?

1. The vehicle registration certificate or renewal notice.

2. A valid photo ID for the registered owner.

3. The completed and signed DMV Form 31 (VIN Verification).

4. If the vehicle is being brought in from out of state, you will need to bring proof of California insurance, such as an insurance card, binder, or declaration page.

 

California License Plates, Decals, & Placards

1. You must have a California drivers license or ID card.

2. You must have proof of insurance for the vehicle you want to register.

3. You must have the vehicle’s smog certification (if applicable).

4. Complete an Application for Registration (REG 397) form and submit it to a DMV office along with the required fees.

5. If you are a new resident, you must also submit proof of California residency, such as a utility bill or rental agreement.

How to get a decal:

1. Complete an Application for Registration (REG 397) form and submit it to a DMV office along with the required fees and proof of insurance for the vehicle you want to register..

2 If you are registering your vehicle in person, you may also be asked to provide additional documentation, such as proof of residency or a smog certification (if applicable).

 

Buying or Possessing a Vehicle in California with an Altered VIN (Vehicle Code Section 10803) – Potential Tampering Charges

1. If the CHP catches you with an altered VIN, they will confiscate your vehicle and may arrest you.

2. If you are arrested, you will be charged with a misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail and/or a $1,000 fine.

3. If convicted, your driver’s license may be suspended for up to two years.

4. You may also have to pay restitution to the rightful owner of the vehicle if it is determined that you knowingly altered the VIN on a stolen car.

Examples:

1. You buy a car from a private party and later discover that the VIN has been tampered with. In this case, you would be considered an innocent victim of fraud and would not face any penalties under California law.

2. You purchase a car from a dealership and later alter the VIN yourself in an attempt to avoid paying registration fees or smog check requirements. In this case, you would be guilty of altering the VIN and would face potential penalties under California law.”

 

Conclusion

Getting a VIN is a simple process that can be completed online or by mail. Be sure to have all the required documentation before beginning the process. Once you have your VIN, you can use it to find out important information about your car.