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Are Car Ads Taking You for a Ride?

Whether you’re buying or leasing, shopping for a car can be fun and exciting. But wading through ads and promotions offered by car dealers also can be stressful. Some advertise unusually low prices, low or no up-front payments, low- or no-interest loans, or low monthly payments. Others promise high trade-in allowances, free or low-cost options, or rebates. And if you’re looking to lease a vehicle, ads for very low — or no payment — at signing may be especially enticing.

But the Federal Trade Commission, the nation’s consumer protection agency, says beware: Not all dealers play by the rules. Details about special offers and promotions may be buried in the fine print, clicks away from online claims, may not be disclosed at all, or may not be disclosed until you get to the showroom or the finance office. But the law requires that if a dealer advertises discounts, prices, or special low payments, the ads must clearly explain the important details of the offers and how a buyer may qualify for them.

To find your best deal, shop around and compare offers from different dealers and financing sources like banks or credit unions. Ask the right questions, and make sure all promises and terms are in writing before you sign on any dotted lines.

Deceptive Car Ads

Here are some claims that may be deceptive — and why:

Vehicles are available at a specific low price or for a specific discount

What may be missing: The low price is after a downpayment, often thousands of dollars, plus other fees, like taxes, licensing and document fees, on approved credit. Other pitches: The discount is only for a pricey, fully-loaded model; or the reduced price or discount offered might depend on qualifications like the buyer being a recent college graduate or having an account at a particular bank.

“Only $99/Month”

What may be missing: The advertised payments are temporary “teaser” payments. Payments for the rest of the loan term are much higher. A variation on this pitch: You will owe a balloon payment — usually thousands of dollars — at the end of the term.

Zero or Low Rate Loans

What may be missing: The low advertised annual percentage rate (APR) may apply only to loans up to a certain amount — which may be a lot less than the purchase price. You will pay a higher APR for loans financing higher amounts. A variation on this pitch: rates may not be stated as “APR,” meaning the advertised rate may not reflect the true “annual” cost of financing, and may exclude certain costs required to be included in the APR.

“$0 Due at Lease Signing”

What may be missing: The fine print indicates that additional fees — sometimes several thousand dollars — are due at lease signing.

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What may be missing: The prize. This is just a tactic to get you into the showroom.

Questions to Ask About Discounts, Low Prices and Special Offers

To find your best deal, ask the right questions. The answers should help you determine whether the special promotions offer genuine value — or are simply smoke and mirrors.

  • Do you have to pay sizeable amounts — say, a downpayment or taxes –— that aren’t included in the advertised low price?
  • Does the advertised discount apply only to certain models of the vehicle? Is it available if you order a car instead of buying one off the lot?
  • Do you need to have certain qualifications to get the advertised discount, low price, or credit terms?
  •  To get the advertised low rate financing:
  • Do you have to repay the loan in a short time period, say 36 months
  • Does the loan need to be for a certain amount? If so, what are the financing terms for loans with higher amounts?
  • Do you have to buy special merchandise, like an extended warranty, a service contract or rustproofing?
  • Will you be charged a higher vehicle price? The price may be lower if you paid cash or supplied your own financing from a bank or credit union.
  • Do the advertised low monthly payments apply for the entire term of the loan? Do they instead increase after only a few months? Is a balloon payment — possibly thousands of dollars — due at the end of the loan?
  • If the ad offers $0 due at lease signing, do you still have to pay something before you drive off the lot — say, fees, taxes, a security deposit, or the first month’s payment?
  • Does the dealer’s prize promotion mean you’ve won something substantial? What is it?

Before you Sign

Once you decide which dealer offers the car you want, be sure all the terms, including the price — and the financing if you get credit through the dealer — are what you agreed to. If you lease from the dealer, check that the terms are what you negotiated, too. Read the documents you get very carefully, especially the credit or lease contract. Be sure you understand the terms before you sign. If the deal isn’t what you negotiated, ask questions. Don’t sign, and don’t leave the dealership with a new vehicle until the terms you and the dealer negotiated are on the contract, and you are clear about your obligation, including all your payments.

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Vehicle Dealer Frequently Asked Questions

Listed below are the most frequently asked questions. This list is not all inclusive nor is it intended to be.

If you have any questions, please contact your local DMV Inspector or call (916) 229-3126.

Where can I obtain application forms?

All application forms and further licensing information can be downloaded from the

Apply For An Original page.


Who do I contact to get a dealer’s license?

You may obtain the necessary information and application to apply for a dealer’s license from any DMV Inspector in your area,

or see Vehicle Dealer’s License Forms page.

Applications for a used vehicle dealer’s license, or wholesale only dealers license,

will not be accepted by the DMV Inspectors without proof of completion of the Used Vehicle Dealer Education Program

and proof of successfully passing the dealer examination or proof of being licensed as a vehicle dealer within the past 36 months.

For testing appointments and information regarding a dealers license, please call one of the DMV Inspectors in your area.


Where do I file my application?

Application packages for vehicle dealers are submitted to your local DMV Inspector.


Where do I call if I have questions?

If you have general licensing questions you may call (916) 229-3126.


What is an abbreviated application?

An abbreviated application allows applicants, with conviction(s), to discover if a license will be issued or reissued

without incurring the possible unnecessary expenses of obtaining a bond,

establishing a place of business and/or attending a dealer education program.

See Abbreviated Applications page.


What is the New Motor Vehicle Board Function?

The New Motor Vehicle Board (NMVB) operates in a quasi-judicial capacity to resolve disputes (protests)

between franchised new vehicle dealers (vehicle, motorcycle, ATV, and recreational vehicle) and manufacturers.

These disputes typically concern franchise terminations or modifications,

establishments or relocations of a same line-make franchise within the dealer’s relevant market area (10 air miles),

and reimbursement for warranty or franchisor incentive program payments.

The NMVB also hears and considers appeals presented by a new vehicle dealer or manufacturer

after any final decision of the Director of the department that adversely affects the occupational license of the appellant,

such as the suspension or revocation of the license. Vehicle Code sections 507, 3050-3079.

Lastly, there is a Consumer Mediation Services Program that attempts through informal mediation

to resolve disputes between consumers and new vehicle dealers and manufacturers.


Who is the New Motor Vehicle Board?

The New Motor Vehicle Board consists of nine members. Four of the appointed members are new motor vehicle dealers,

engaged in business for a period of not less than five years preceding their appointment.

The remaining five appointed members are public members not affiliated with any licensed dealer.


How long will it take for the department to process my application?

The average time for processing an application may be up to 120 days

to allow the department time for background check and processing of the license.


Does the department issue temporary permits?

Pending the satisfaction of the department that the applicant has met the requirements for the license,

the department may issue a temporary permit for a period not to exceed 120 days while it completes its investigation

and determination of all facts relative to the qualifications of the applicant for the license. CVC Section 11719


What is the license renewal period?

The vehicle dealer license is renewed annually for the first year after receiving the original license;

and then biannually based on the month the original license was issued.

Renewals should be made before the expiration of the license.

If you do not renew your license before it expires, you may renew your license within thirty (30) days

following the expiration date by paying the renewal fee and a penalty equal to 100 percent of the original application fee.

Renewals will not be accepted for licenses that have been expired for more than 30 days. CVC Section 11717(d).


How do I renew my license?

About 90 days before the expiration of your license you should receive a courtesy notice for renewal.

After you complete the courtesy notice, you will need to mail your renewal form and fees to:

Department of Motor Vehicles
Occupational Licensing
P.O. Box 932342 MS L224
Sacramento, CA 94232-3420

If you do not receive a courtesy notice please call (916) 229-3126

or you may download the renewal form from the Renew Your License page.


How do I get additional plates, replacement plates, stickers only, or a duplicate registration card?

You will need to fill out form OL 22 for additional plates,

replacement plates, stickers only, or a duplicate registration card.


What happens to my supplies if I cease doing business?

When licensed dealers cease doing business, or a bond,

cancelled by the Surety Company is not reinstated by the cancellation date,

the dealers shall immediately surrender the business license, special plates, registration cards,

and all report of sale books to the DMV Inspector Office.


What happens if there is a change in ownership?

When a licensed dealer has an ownership change,

all supplies must be surrendered to the Department of Motor Vehicles

and the submission of an original application for license is required.

A new application will require the submission of new fees and a new bond.


How do I make a change to my existing license?

When a licensed dealer changes location, adds a branch office, changes the firm name,

or makes a change in the corporate structure,

the licensee must immediately notify the DMV Inspector,

and submit the appropriate forms and fees for the change.

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Type of Change Required Forms Fees
Officer change OL 15OL 29, Copy of Corporate Minutes or Statement of Officers stamped by the Secretary of States Office, and Fingerprint Live Scan receipt $70
Name change OL 21OL 124, Certificate of Appointment, Corporate Minutes, Bond Rider $70
Address change OL 21OL 124OL 902, copy of lease or rental agreement $70
Add a branch OL 21OL 124OL 902, copy of lease or rental agreement $70$225 for New Motor Vehicle Board (if applicable)

Note: OL124 is needed only if new cars, new motorcycles, new ATV’s, new recreational trailers, or new motor homes are being sold.


Are there any signs I must post?

Yes. Along with the “Established Place of Business” Sign,

you will need the following posted on the premises:

“…in a space conspicuous to the public in each and every location,

the license issued by the department to the dealer and to each salesman employed by that dealer” CVC section 11709(a)

Every dealer who displays or offers one or more used vehicles for sale at retail shall post a notice

not less than 8 inches high and 10 inches wide, in a place conspicuous to the public, which states the following:

“The prospective purchaser of a vehicle may,

at his or her own expense and with the approval of the dealer,

have the vehicle inspected by an independent third party either on or off these premises.” CVC section 11709

Additionally, every dealer shall conspicuously display a notice not less than eight inches high and 10 inches wide,
in each sales office and sales cubicle of a dealer’s established place of business
where written terms of specific sale or lease transactions are discussed with prospective purchasers or lessees,
and in each room of a dealer’s established place of business where sale and lease contracts are regularly executed,
which states the following:

“There Is No Cooling-Off Period Unless You Obtain A Contract Cancellation Option.”

California law does not provide for a “Cooling-off” or cancellation period for vehicle lease or purchase contracts.

Therefore, you cannot later cancel such a contract simply because you change your mind,

decide the vehicle cost too much, or wish you had acquired a different vehicle.

After you sign a motor vehicle purchase or lease contract,

it may only be canceled with the agreement of the seller or lessor for legal cause, such as fraud.

However, California law does require a seller to offer a 2 day contract cancellation option

on used vehicles with a purchase price of less than $40,000,

subject to certain statutory conditions.

This contract cancellation option requirement does not apply to the sale of a motorcycle or an off-highway motor vehicle

subject to identification under California law.

See the vehicle contract cancellation option agreement for details. CVC section 11709


For what purpose may special plates be used?

Refer to California Code of Regulations, Title 13 Motor Vehicles Division 1, Chapter 1, Article 3.3.


How do I report a possible unlicensed dealer?

Whenever a licensed dealer has grounds to suspect that a person or persons are engaging in the buying and selling of vehicles as outlined in CVC Section 285 ,

without having first obtained a license from the Department of Motor Vehicles,

the dealer or their authorized representative should file a written complaint

with the local Department of Motor Vehicles Investigative Service Office.


Who do I call for registration questions?

If you have a question relating to registration processing please call the Registration Unit at 1 (800) 777-0133.

You may also contact your local Department of Motor Vehicles Field Office , Registration Section.


Are there exclusions for a dealer license?

Yes. The exclusions for a vehicle dealer license are listed in CVC Section 286.


What is the Used Vehicle Dealer Education Program?

The California Vehicle Code requires certain applicants to successfully complete a

Used Vehicle Dealer Education Program.

The purpose is to ensure that applicants for used vehicle dealer licenses are aware of the laws and regulations

governing the operation of a used vehicle dealership in California.


What is a Used Vehicle Dealer Education Program Provider?

Used Vehicle Dealer Education Program Provider

 is a private vendor who has been authorized by the DMV

to instruct potential applicants for a used vehicle dealer license

on laws and regulations governing the operation of a used vehicle dealership in California.


Who is required to successfully complete a Used Vehicle Dealer Education Program course?

The following applicants must comply with the education and testing requirements:

  • Sole owner
  • All partners who manage the business
  • A corporate officer who manages the business
  • Limited liability company managing partners

Who is NOT required to successfully complete a Used Vehicle Dealer Education Program Provider course?

  • An applicant for a new vehicle dealer’s license or any employee of that dealer.
  • A person who holds a valid license as an automobile dismantler, an employee of that dismantler,
  • or an applicant for an automobile dismantler’s license.
  • An applicant for a motorcycle only dealer’s license or any employee of that dealer.
  • An applicant for a trailer only dealer’s license or any employee of that dealer.
  • An applicant for an all-terrain only dealer’s license or any employee of that dealer.

What will it cost me to attend a Used Vehicle Dealer Education Program course?

Each provider sets its own cost.

Contact the Used Vehicle Dealer Education Program Providers listed for the exact amount.


Where can I find a Used Vehicle Dealer Education Program Provider Course?

The DMV has approved the Used Vehicle Dealer Education Program Providers listed.

You may contact the program provider for information on courses in your area.

Other program providers may be approved in the future.


Where do I go after I successfully complete the Used Vehicle Dealer Education Program course?

After successfully completing the course you will be issued a completion certificate.

You must schedule an appointment with a DMV Inspector in your area to take the test.

The test consists of 40 questions and must be passed with at least 70% accuracy.

You must present your completion certificate, issued by the Used Vehicle Dealer Education Program Provider

and your current California Driver’s License or California Identification Card to take the test.


Is there a charge to take the test?

Yes, you will be charged $16 to take the test.

If you do not pass, you may retake the test after a seven (7) day waiting period.

You will be charged $16 each time the test is taken.


What if I cannot pass the test?

If, after three attempts, you cannot pass the test, you will be referred to the Used Vehicle Dealer Education Program Provider

listed on your completion certificate to determine if additional training is needed.


What is Live Scan and who is affected by it?

Select this link: Live Scan Fingerprinting Information Sheet.

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1. Auto dealer bonds reinforce industry regulations.

 

Since they’re required before auto dealers can apply for their licenses, auto dealer bonds fall into the license and permit surety category. Government agencies that regulate a wide array of industries establish license and permit bond requirements as a way to ensure working professionals follow industry regulations. Surety bonds are also legally binding contracts, so failing to follow industry regulations is much more than just breaking a rule or two; it’s breaking a contract. When surety contracts are broken, bonded professionals face penalties such as fines, license revocation, and even legal action.

 

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Internet: www.dealerclass.com
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Internet: www.goldenstateeducation.com
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Internet: www.dealerlessons.com
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Internet: www.dealereducation.com
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Phone: 1-888-694-1444
Internet: www.cofferdealereducation.com
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Internet: www.dealerssupport.com
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Internet: www.onlineautodealered.com
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CHAPTER 1. DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLES
ARTICLE 3.3. SPECIAL PLATES

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§ 201.00. Use of Special Plates Issued to a Dealer, Manufacturer, Remanufacturer, or Distributor.

(a) Special plates referenced in this section may only be used on vehicles that a dealer, manufacturer, remanufacturer, or distributor owns or lawfully possesses.

(b) The following individuals may operate a vehicle with special plates for any purpose:

(1) An individual who is the sole owner, a general partner, a manager of a limited liability company, or a corporate officer or director of a dealer, manufacturer, remanufacturer, or distributor, provided that individual is actively engaged in the management and control of the business operations of the dealer, manufacturer, remanufacturer, or distributor;

(2) A general manager, or business manager, or sales manager who is actively engaged in the management and control of the business operations of the dealer, manufacturer, remanufacturer, or distributor when no other individual meets the criteria in (1) above;

(3) An individual employed by a manufacturer or distributor and licensed as a representative.

(c) Any licensed driver may operate a vehicle with special plates for any purpose if an individual identified in section (b) is also in the vehicle.

(1) An unaccompanied licensed driver, who regularly resides in the immediate household of an individual identified in section (b), may operate a vehicle with special plates solely to pick up or drop off that individual.

(d) A licensed driver who is an employee of a dealer, manufacturer, remanufacturer or distributor may drive a vehicle with special plates when that employee is acting within the course and scope of his or her employment.

(e) Any licensed driver may operate a vehicle with dealer, manufacturer, remanufacturer, or distributor special plates for special event purposes if the operator carries a letter of authorization from the licensee identifying the vehicle, duration, and location of operation, and person(s) authorized to operate the vehicle.

(f) Any licensed driver, who is a prospective buyer or lessee, may test drive a vehicle with special plates for up to seven days.

(1) A salesperson is not required to be present.

(2) If a salesperson is not present, the operator must carry a letter of authorization from the licensee identifying the vehicle, duration, and person(s) authorized to operate the vehicle.

(g) Employees of a commercial vehicle dealer, manufacturer, remanufacturer, or distributor who must operate a commercial vehicle in the course of their employment, may take a commercial drive test in a commercial vehicle displaying dealer, manufacturer, remanufacturer, or distributor special plates.

(h) A trailer, displaying special plates, may be towed by a vehicle with Vehicle Code authority to operate on the highways.

(i) Any use of special plates issued to a dealer, manufacturer, remanufacturer, or distributor except as specified is prohibited.

Note: Authority cited: Section 1651, Vehicle Code. Reference: Sections 11714, 11715 and 11716, Vehicle Code.

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A “registration service” is a person engaged in the business of processing for the public applications for
registration, transfer of ownership, registration renewals, conducting lien sales, and processing dismantler
documents.
California Vehicle Code (CVC) Section 505.2 and 11400 et seq., and California Code of Regulations (CCR), Title 13, Section 330.00
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Online/Home Study Continuing Education title Bay Area title Northern Area title Central Area title Southern Area title Provider
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Email: E2000perez@yahoo.com
X Best Solutions
Phone: 1-619-546-4064
X X X X X Motorsports Market On-Line Courses, Live Classes and Home Study
Phone: 1-800-980-1967
Internet: www.motorsportsmarket.com
X X X X X Automotive Systems Analysis
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Internet: www.autosystemsanalysis.com
X X X X X TriStar Motors, LLC
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Internet: www.gotplates.com
X X 24-7 Dealer Training Specialists
Phone: 1-951-833-8398
Internet: www.24-7dealerclass.com
X X California Auto Dealer Education
Phone: 1-661-871-3311
Internet: www.cadeclasses.com
X Central Valley Dealers
Licensing Renewal Service
Phone: 1-209-333-0900
Email: chuckwentland@aol.com
X Superior Vehicle Dealer Training Institute
Phone: 1-949-305-8402
Internet: www.superiorbonds.com
X X Inland Empire/Orange County Dealer School
Phone: 1-909-880-1380
Internet: www.bigcardealer.com
X X X Dealer Training Experts of Northern California
Phone: 1-408-910-3876
Internet: www.dealersclass.com
X X X X X Dealer Intel
Phone: 1-415-613-4754
Internet: www.dealerintel.com
X X X X X $85 Dealer Education
Phone: 1-951-541-8390
Internet: www.waynesinsurance.com
X X X X Los Angeles Dealer School
Phone: 1-310-227-6920
Internet: www.dealerclass.com
*X Dealer License Seminars of San Diego
Phone: 1-619-665-6440
Internet: www.dealerseminars.com
X X X X X Golden State Educational Services
Phone: 1-916-395-7004
Internet: www.goldenstateeducation.com
X X Dealer Lessons
Phone: 1-877-772-3332
Internet: www.dealerlessons.com
X X X X X Dealer Education Services
Phone: 1-888-323-0031
Internet: www.dealereducation.com
X X Coffer Dealer Education
Phone: 1-888-694-1444
Internet: www.cofferdealereducation.com
X Cesar Carrascos Dealer Licensing Seminars
Phone: 1-619-474-0477
Internet: www.carrascogroup.com
X Colby Learning Center of San Diego
Phone: 1-619-559-5748
Email: colbylearning@aol.com
X X Dealers Support Group
Phone: 1-818-758-9951
Internet: www.dealerssupport.com
X Online Auto Dealer ED
Phone: 1-877-724-6150
Internet: www.onlineautodealered.com
X California Accredited Dealer Education
Phone: (714) 300-4148
Email:: cadeclass@aol.com

*Prelicensing only
**Continuing Education only

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OL Application Requirement for Registration Service License

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Registration Service Program Handbook


Registration Service License Forms

Note: Forms may be completed before printing.

An application for a registration service license consists of the following forms:

Additional Required Application Package Documents:

  • Photograph(s) of business location, refer to Photograph Procedures.
  • If filing as a corporation, Limited Liability Company or Limited Liability Partnership owned businesses only: A copy of Articles of Incorporation, Corporate Minutes or other document filed with the Secretary of State, which identifies the officers, share holders and managers.
  • Copy of your Business License.
  • Copy of your Fictitious Name Statement
  • Signed copy of lease or rental agreement.

Additional Items

The following items are also needed as part of the application package.  After you have arranged an appointment with an Occupational Licensing Inspector he or she will conduct the following inspections to ensure your registration service meets the requirements:

“Established Place of Business” Inspection

  • The business location where the books and records pertinent to the type of business are kept designated at the principal place of business by the holder of the applicant for a registration service license.  CCR, Title 13, § 330.00 (d) and 330.48 et seq., and 330.50 et seq.,  and CVC § 320 (c) , 1670, 11406 et seq. and 11407 et seq.

“Sign” Inspection

  • Sign or device shall provide information relating to the licensed entity by its exact firm name as shown in departmental records at the registration service’s place of business.
  • Sign must be permanent in nature, displayed on the office door, building directory, when there is such a directory, and at the principal place of business or any branch office receiving clients which is located in a building housing more than one business.  CCR § 330.24 et seq.

Property Use Verification

  • Business location shall be located in an area approved for the operation of a Registration Service. Contact your local or city property use office to determine the appropriate property use.
  • If applying for a license to conduct business from your residence, you must obtain a home occupation business license from your local city or county business license office.

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Business Records Inspection

Business Records shall include all of the following information:

  • Name, address and license number of registration service
  • Name and address of every employee who performs registration work
  • Name and address of each client for whom registration work was performed
  • Identity of every vehicle by year, make, type, license number, and vehicle identification number on which registration work was performed
  • Amount of registration fees or payments collected for each vehicle on which registration work was performed, including the method of payment to the registration service
  • Amount of registration fees or payments submitted to the department for each vehicle on which registration work was performed, including the date and method of payment of the refund or additional charge by or to the client, the registration service, or the department
  • Amount of any refunds or additional charges on registration fees or payments collected for each vehicle on which registration work was performed, including the date and method of payment of the refunds or additional charge by or to the client, the registration service, or the department.
  • Name, signature, or initials of each employee performing work on each transaction and the date the work was done
  • Cost to each client for the registration work performed on each of the client’s vehicles

In lieu of above information, a registration service may retain a copy of the listing sheet approved by the department for transmitting registration documents to the department


Registration Service Original License Fees

  • $150 Non-refundable application fee
  • $1 Family Support Program fee
  • $70 For each branch location (if any)

The Family Support Program fee is paid on original, renewal, and reinstatement applications.


Processing Transactions:

Before accepting transactions form the public for processing at DMV field offices, you must submit a copy of your permit with a Registration Service Questionnaire, OL 607 and a Field Office Registration Service Employee Listing, OL 607A to the DMV field office manager.

Business Partner Automation Program:

For participation in the Business Partner Automation Program you must submit a copy of your permit with application documents as instructed at the following sitehttp://www.dmv.ca.gov/otherser/bpa/bpa.htm.


Registration Service License Renewal Forms and Fees

Form

Fees

  • $1 Family Support Program fee
  • $15  Renewal application fee
  • $15  Renewal of branch location (each location)

The Family Support Program fee is paid on original, renewal, and reinstatement applications.


Registration Service License Modification Forms and Fees

Forms

 

Fees

  • $70  Name change
  • $70  Address change

Registration Services Exclusions

  • A person performing registration services on a vehicle acquired by that person for his or her own personal use or for use in the regular course of that person’s business.
  • A person who solicits applications for or sells, for compensation, nonresident permits for the operation of vehicles within this state.
  • An employee of one or more dealers or dismantlers, or a combination thereof, who performs registration services for vehicles acquired by, consigned to, or sold by the employing dealers or dismantlers.
  • A motor club, as defined in Section 12142 of the Insurance Code.
  • A person who performs registration services exclusively for vehicles registered pursuant to Article 9.5 (commencing with Section 5301) of Chapter 1 of  Division 3 or Article 4 (commencing with Section 8050) of Chapter 4 of Division 3.
  • A common carrier acting in the regular course of its business in transmitting applications.  CVC Section 505.2

Registration Services Authority

California Vehicle Code. Sections 320 (c), 505.2, and 11400 et al. The California Vehicle Code is available for purchase from the Department of Motor Vehicles.

California Code of Regulations. Title 13, Chapter 1.

Government Code. Section 6157 (a) – (d).


Application Questions and Submission Information

Please refer to the Registration Service Program Handbook.

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