Registering a Vehicle From Out of State Checklist
A completed Application for Title or Registration (PDF) (REG 343).
The out-of-state Certificate of Title (required for change of ownership).
The out-of-state registration certificate (usually not required if the Certificate of Title is available).
A vehicle verification by an authorized DMV employee. Bring your vehicle to your local DMV for verification of the vehicle's identification number. For your convenience, we recommend that you schedule an Appointment(s) .
Commercial vehicles, including pickups, may require a weight certificate.
California smog certification.
Fees - the amount due depends on a variety of factors. An exact amount can only be calculated when you submit your application to the department. For an estimate, you may use the Online Vehicle Registration Fee Calculator.
Additional requirements if a transfer of ownership has occurred
Bills of sale to establish a complete chain of ownership.
An odometer mileage disclosure (if your vehicle is less than 10 years old).
Additional information regarding registering a vehicle from out-of-state.