Tips to Help New California Residents Register a Vehicle

cailfonia-trafficAfter moving to California, new residents should tackle their vehicle registration before taking time to unpack some of their boxes. Within 10 days of relocating, California State law requires the registration of your out-of-state vehicle. Make sure you’ve secured your vehicle safety inspection and California smog check certificate before heading down to the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) office, as both are necessary for out of state vehicle registrations.

If your vehicle has at least 7,500 miles clocked on the odometer, then inspections and emissions testing may be conducted at any smog test station including a regular smog check and repair center, a smog test only center, or a Gold Shield smog station. If your vehicle is new, it must be 50-State Emissions certified to be registered in California.

With over 120 locations in Southern California, your local Jiffy Lube offers vehicle maintenance including

oil change services to help prepare your vehicle for inspection and ensure exhaust emissions are at acceptable levels. When you’re ready to obtain a safety inspection and emissions testing, Jiffy Lube can do the job; we always provide professional services that are fast, easy, and convenient.

In addition to a state safety inspection and emissions testing, California also requires the following in order to register your vehicle:

  • Current liability insurance
  • Out of state title or vehicle pink slip
  • State of California driver’s license

Jiffy Lube recommends contacting the California DMV to find out if any other documents are required to register your vehicle. Once your vehicle has passed the safety inspection, state emissions testing, and your remaining paperwork is in order, registering your vehicle will be simple. Then, you can focus on emptying the rest of those moving boxes.

For California residents not new to the area, yet needing information on how to register a vehicle, please click on the link, vehicle inspection requirements.

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