Vehicle Industry Registration Procedures Manual

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Section 13 of 38

Chapter 12: Nonresident Vehicles

12.155 Repossession of Nonresident Vehicles in California

When a currently registered nonresident vehicle is repossessed in California, the following must be submitted in addition to the usual nonresident registration requirements shown in the Basic Registration Requirements section in this chapter.

A lien release is not required when the lienholder is the same as the repossessor for a Florida title submitted with a Florida Repossession Certificate, a Georgia title submitted with a Georgia repossession certificate, or a Texas title submitted with a Texas repossession affidavit.

  • Evidence of the lienholder’s right to repossess the vehicle. Evidence may be showing as the lienholder on the title or a certified copy of the Conditional Sales Contract or chattel mortgage.
  • Fees from the date of purchase or date of first retail sale by a dealer, without regard to the status of the nonresident registration or date of repossession.