Vehicle Industry Registration Procedures Manual

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Chapter 25: Permits and Decals

Chapter 25 Permits and Decals

25.000 California Fuel Trip Permit

California Fuel Trip (CFT) permits allow out-of-state registered owners to enter and travel into California for four consecutive days without obtaining a license for fuel tax purposes. This permit also allows California registered carriers to reenter California after traveling out of state if they are unlicensed for fuel tax purposes. The CFT must be obtained and completed prior to entering the state.

CFT(s) may be purchased through the following agencies:

  • California Department of Tax and Fee Administration (CDTFA)
    • You may apply for and purchase CFT(s) in person at a CDTFA office or by using their online registration. Online registration is the convenient way to apply and is available 24 hours a day. Most applicants will be able to print their CFT immediately after they submit their application.
  • Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV)
    • You may purchase CFT(s) from some DMV field offices throughout California. Once those printed CFTs are purchased they will not be replenished and only available for purchase online.

If you have questions regarding this program, please contact CDTFA at the following address, telephone number, or email by selecting the link below:

Motor Carrier Office, MIC:65
California Department of Tax and Fee Administration (CDTFA)
PO Box 942879
Sacramento, CA 94279-0065
Telephone 1-800-400-7115 (TTY: 711)

Email Your Tax Questions

Purchase of a four-day Nonresident Commercial Vehicle Trip Permit (REG 41) is not required.

Permit Issuance—You must do the following:

  • Collect a fee for each permit issued. Refer to Appendix 1F for fees.