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Need to register your car because it's been junked, salvaged, or any other reason? Or is your car from out-of-state? Either way, you are going to need to register your vehicle, and the best way to do that is fill out the REG 343 Application for Title or Registration.
Follow these steps if you’re a new California resident, or if you purchased a vehicle outside of California and are bringing it here to be registered.
To get started, you need to fill out the Application for Title or Registration (Form REG 343). If you drive a commercial vehicle, you will also need to complete a Declaration of Gross Vehicle Weight/Combined Gross Vehicle Weight (Form REG 4008). Trailers must be registered using the Permanent Trailer Identification (PTI) Application Certification (Form REG 4017).
In addition to the forms listed above, you will also need to bring:
Once you have the materials listed in Step 1 and 2, submit everything to your local DMV office. A DMV employee will give your vehicle a physical inspection and a VIN verification.
After you’ve been approved, you’ll receive a California registration certificate, license plates, and registration stickers.
Please note that if you bought your vehicle from a private seller, you have 10 days to register it. You’ll need to go to the DMV to do this. Be sure to bring:
Did you lose or misplace your car title? You can easily get a new one with the California Department of Motor Vehicles.
Complete the Application for Duplicate Title Form (Form REG 227).
If submitting by mail, send the application and payment to:
Department of Motor Vehicles
Vehicle Registration Operations
P.O. Box 942869
Sacramento, CA 94269
If you choose to apply in person at your local DMV, remember to bring the $21 fee as well as your California driver license.