Vehicle Industry Registration Procedures Manual

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Section 26 of 38

Chapter 25: Permits and Decals

25.075 Vehicle Moving Permit (REG 172)(VC §4002)

A Vehicle Moving Permit (REG 172) may be issued at no fee for a period of only one day for movement of a vehicle in accordance with VC §§4002 and 11716. Registration of a vehicle moved or operated under a permit issued by DMV is not required. Auto clubs are authorized to issue REG 172s.

A REG 172 is valid for one day and issued to vehicles that have a valid planned nonoperation (PNO) status on record, be exempt from the PNO law, or have current fees on deposit and will be moved:

  • From the current place of storage to another place of storage.
  • To or from a garage or repair shop for the purpose of repairs or alteration.
  • For the purpose of dismantling or wrecking.
  • From one place to another for the purpose of:
    • Inspection by DMV or the California Highway Patrol (CHP).
    • Assignment or verification of a vehicle identification number (VIN).
    • Inspection of pollution (smog) control devices.
    • Weighing the vehicle.
    • Obtaining brake/light certificates.
  • For construction (incomplete vehicle).
  • By a dealer, distributor, or manufacturer from their place of business to a place where the vehicle will be altered or supplied.
  • By a dealer, distributor, manufacturer, remanufacturer, or transporter from a vessel, railroad depot, or warehouse to a warehouse or salesroom.
  • From an impound yard.

In general, trailer coaches must be registered at all times.

The date chosen must be within 60 days from the issue date. It must be entered on the permit by the applicant, or an authorized DMV, CHP, Auto Club, or Business Partner Automation (BPA) agent, and endorsed by the agent.

REG 172 Exclusions—A REG 172 cannot be issued if:

  • Fees are due.
  • The vehicle registration has expired and the required PNO status is not on file. Refer to Chapter 3 for PNO requirements and exemptions.
  • The vehicle has been impounded and fees are due. However, the REG 172 may be issued after all fees due are paid.

Additional Information Regarding REG 172 Permit Usage—A vehicle moved on a REG 172 in conformance with the restrictions previously does not have to be unladen.


  • A REG 172 may be used to move a boat trailer with a boat stored on it from storage to storage. The permit cannot be used to move a boat trailer when the boat will be picked up en route from storage to storage. This type of operation requires that the trailer be registered.
  • A REG 172 used to move an unregistered truck transporting perishable cargo is a violation of the permit restrictions because perishable cargo would not be stored in an unregistered truck.

A REG 172 may be used to move a crane under the provisions of the permit. However, movement to or from a job site does not constitute storage to storage; a crane must be registered for such movement.

A REG 172 should be issued only to the owner or an agent acting with the owner’s knowledge and consent. The permit must be obtained before the vehicle is moved. Substantiating documents are not necessary.

Lost Permit:

When evidence of a permit is required for a registration application and the permit is lost, the applicant must:

  • Complete a Statement of Facts (REG 256) form giving the:
    • Name of the field office that issued the permit.
    • Approximate date it was issued.
    • Dates on which movement of the vehicle was authorized.

The following must be submitted:

  • The REG 256 attached to the application.

Authorized DMV personnel, Auto Club personnel, a Business Partner Automation (BPA) agent, or a CHP agent may issue a REG 172.

The following are procedures to issue a REG 172:

  • The REG 172 can be issued by verifying the vehicle has a planned nonoperation (PNO) status on record, is exempt from the PNO law or has current registration fees paid on deposit.
  • The vehicle license number (if any), make, model, year, vehicle identification number (VIN) (if none, write “NONE”), and reason for movement must be completed.
  • Inform the applicant of the following:
    • The REG 172 is valid for one day.
    • They must complete the printed name and address sections and sign the REG 172.
    • They must enter the date of movement (in ink) of their choice prior to movement of the vehicle.
    • If the next renewal period or PNO is due within 60 days, fees must be paid before the expiration date. If paid after the expiration date, fees/penalties will be due.
    • Any changes or alterations will void the permit.
    • They will be subject to a possible citation and/or vehicle impoundment if the permit is presented to law enforcement with any of the following:
      The date is blank, the date of operation is more than 60 days from issuance, the vehicle description and/or date of operation are illegible or altered, the vehicle is operated and the fees are not current or a PNO is not on file.
      Example: The customer was issued a REG 172 on 11/22/2011, fees were only paid through 12/31/2011, and the customer chose to move the vehicle on 1/11/2012, after the fees were expired.