Vehicle Industry Registration Procedures Manual

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Chapter 1: General Registration Information

1.145 True Full Name (VC §4150)

The true full name(s) of the registered and legal owner(s) are required on registration applications. The true full name is the complete, exact name used on legal documents, (such as, a driver’s license/identification card [DL/ID]), and includes a person’s first name or initial, middle name or initial, and last name. The name must be sufficient to ensure ID of the owner.

An owner presenting an application in person must show their name exactly as it appears on their DL/ID.

Do not key a title (For example: Sister Mary Elizabeth Morris) unless the individual certifies that it is part of their full name in the Name Statement section of a Statement of Facts (REG 256) form submitted with the application.

Company name—is the complete, exact name used on legal documents, and includes any designation such as Inc., LLC, etc. Do not include the name of the person signing for the company.

Vehicles registered to a trust—must show both the name of the trust and the name(s) of all trustees.

  • The wording of the name of the trust may vary and include dates, etc.
  • Abbreviations may be used if approved by the customer.

Example: Johnson Family Trust UTD 062598
                 Mary Lee Johnson Trustee
                 Herman Ray Johnson Trustee

The names of the trustees will not be keyed by DMV but must still appear on the titling documents.