Vehicle Licensing and Registration
11.5 Required Registration Fees
No person shall drive, move, or leave standing
upon a highway, or in an off street public parking facility,
any motor vehicle unless it is registered and the appropriate
fees have been paid under the code. [V.C. §4000]
- Registration Fee Collection:
- Registration fees are due at time of retail sale
- The registration has already expired.
- The registration will expire within 30 days
of the date of sale. [V.C. §5902.5]
- The vehicle is from out-of-state.
- A registration certificate and fees are not required when the
registration expires on a vehicle while in a dealer's inventory,
or pending a lien sale. However, registration fees become due
and must be paid within 30 days of the date of sale. [V.C. §4604]
If a vehicle has expired registration when the dealer acquires
it, the dealer should immediately post fees with the DMV to pay
those penalties and prevent the penalties from increasing.
- A dealer may not include, as an added cost to the selling price
of a vehicle, an amount for licensing or transfer of title of
the vehicle, which is not due to the state unless, prior to the
sale, that amount has been paid by a dealer to the state in order
to avoid penalties that would have accrued because of late payment
of the fees. However, a dealer may collect from the second purchaser
of a vehicle a prorated fee based upon the number of months remaining
in the registration year for that vehicle. This is allowed in
circumstances where the vehicle had been previously sold by the
dealer, the sale was subsequently rescinded, and all the fees
that were paid under the Revenue and Taxation Code were returned
by the dealer to the first purchaser of the vehicle.
- Registration Fee:
- The current registration fee for all non-exempt vehicles
and trailer coaches is $46.00. [V.C. 9250].