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Refund Programs

Refunds can be requested for vehicle/vessel registration, driver license, identification card, special certificate, financial responsibility, and other fees and/or penalties collected by the DMV. Refund is due when fees were paid in error or were not required to be paid to the DMV as stated in Vehicle Code §42231 and/or Revenue and Taxation Code §10901.


Online Request for Refund

Currently, the Online Request for Refund Application is limited to two types of refund requests:

  • Refund of vehicle/vessel license fees charged for late payment and you know that payment was made on time.
  • Refund of a reissue fee because an action that required the fee has been dismissed and the dismissal has been reported to DMV by the court.

Click here Simple Refunds to access the online refund application.


Woosley

The DMV is engaged in a specific refund program referred to as "Woosley."

Click this link "Woosley" to access information specific to "Woosley" and the Application for Refund form.


Other Refund Requests

If you conclude that "Online Request for Refund" or "Woosley" above does not apply to you, you may wish to download an Application for Refund and submit by mail or in person.

Click this link "Application for Refund" for additional information and to download the Application for Refund form.


Woosley

The DMV is engaged in a specific refund program referred to as "Woosley."

Click this link "Woosley" to access information specific to "Woosley" and the Application for Refund form.


Service Fee Refunds

DMV uses a third party vendor to process credit/debit card payments. Please be informed that the third party vendor charges a service fee for these types of payments. The third party vendor provides a service fee refund only up to 180 days from the date of the original transaction. When a DMV transaction refund is requested within 180 days from the original transaction date and the request is approved by the department, the full service fee will be refunded by the vendor. The service fee may not be refunded by the vendor, pursuant to the vendor’s refund policy, if the DMV refund request is submitted after 180 days of the original transaction date.”

 
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