What if I did not receive a CA registration renewal notice? California

Registration Renewal Notice

If you never got a vehicle registration renewal notice from the California DMV, call them at 1-800-777-0133. They will tell you:
  • What to pay.
  • How you may renew; mail or in-person DMV registration.
  • The documents you must provide, such as a certificate proving you had your vehicle’s smog and emissions checked.
Keep in mind that only those who got a renewal notice in the mail may register car online; you need the Renewal Identification Number (RIN) assigned to you in the notice.

If you moved and did not notify the DMV, you will also need to file a Change of Address form.

Emissions Testing

Every other year certain counties, or residents of certain zip codes, are required to get a smog check inspection before a car registration. When you call, ask if your vehicle needs emissions testing this year.

HINT: There is also a list of affected counties and zip codes on the CA DMV website.

Late Fees

Not getting a renewal notice is not a valid reason not to renew your car registration. The DMV will charge you late fees ranging from 10 to 160% of the Vehicle License Fee, even if it’s only one day late.

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