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  • Do I need to pay sales tax in CA if I bought the car out of state?
    You do if the vehicle came to CA within one year of purchase. If you paid sales tax in that other state, you only have to pay the balance of the amount due in CA.
  • My car from out of state is only a few years old, do I need a smog check?"
    Yes, it does. Any smog exemption applies to vehicles currently registered in CA. All vehicles need a smog check, except gasoline powered 1975 year model or older, electric, motorcycles, Diesel powered 1997 year model and older or with a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating of more than 14,000 lbs.
  • My car was previously registered in CA, do I need a smog check and VIN inspection?"
    Yes, if it was registered in another state, and you would like to register in CA again.
  • I am bringing a pick-up from out of state, do I need a weight certificate?"
    Only if your out of state title or registration card does not specify the "shipping," "tare," "WT/Wheels" or "unladen" weight of the vehicle.
  • Where do I get a weight certificate for my pick-up or commercial vehicle?
    For licensed public scales locations in California click here.
  • How do I get a VIN inspection?
    At our office (please make an appointment), or search for VIN verification near your city.
  • What is a VIN inspection?
    It's a physical inspection of the VIN's on your vehicle performed by a licensed VIN verifier (we have 2 licensed VIN verifiers at our office).
  • How long does a VIN inspection take?
    It only takes a few minutes.
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