Planned Nonoperation (PNO) means that the vehicle will not be driven, towed, stored, or parked on public roads or highways for the entire registration year.
DMV will accept PNO filings up to 60 days before registration expires or up to 90 days after registration expires.
Before you begin…
Ensure your renewal notice shows your current address; if it does not, update your address first before filing for PNO. (If you do update your address, confirm that the address change has finished processing before filing for PNO. Address change confirmation can be done in the change of address system.)
Have your license plate number and the last 5 digits of your vehicle identification number (VIN) or your vessel/boat hull identification number (HIN) handy.
Be prepared to pay the filing fee. Your renewal notice will indicate the PNO fees based on the date you request the filing. (Note that filing for PNO up to 90 days after registration expiration will include late penalties in addition to the PNO filing fee.)
This online form is also used for registration renewal; customers filing for PNO may leave the smog check and proof of insurance requirements blank.
If at any time the vehicle is operated or parked where it may be subject to citation, then full registration fees and penalties for that year become due.
If you need clarification on anything before beginning the PNO filing process, take a look at our Reporting Vehicle Status Fast Facts.