Registration & Titling

Articles in the Registration & Titling category cover info on vehicle services, first-time registration, vehicle registration renewal, title transfers and change of ownership, smog and emissions testing and more for various vehicles (cars, trucks, motorcycles, ATVs, RVs, etc.).

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ATV Title and Registration Requirements

by Nadia Ibanez on

Going off the road? Don’t go off the grid. Even if you love getting out of Dodge on an all-terrain vehicle (ATV), you probably shouldn’t dodge your state’s title and registration requirements. Almost all states require ATV owners to title and register their vehicles. Read on for more information on the unique twists and turns […]

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What Qualifies as a Motorcycle? by Kat Saks on

Whether you zip around town on a scooter or roar down the road on a hog, you should know how the state characterizes your ride. Learn more about what qualifies as a motorcycle and what doesn’t. For state-specific details, you can also refer to the motorcycle manual published by your local motor vehicle agency. You […]

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Follow These Tips to Junk or Salvage a Vehicle by Alicia Sparks on

A junked vehicle, also called a salvage vehicle, is one so damaged, it makes more financial sense to sell its parts than to try to repair it and apply for a salvage title. Typically, people junk vehicles with the help of a junk or scrap yard, but some folks like to take a more DIY […]

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What to Do if Your Car Fails an Emissions Test by Nadia Ibanez on

Depending where you call home, you may be required to take your vehicle in for a smog check. Pass and you’ll be given a certificate, allowing you to register the vehicle. Fail and you’ll need to make the necessary repairs (out of your pocket) in order to make your vehicle smog-compliant.   Failing the Emissions […]

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How and Where to Get Your Vehicle Emissions Checked by Melissa Crumish on

Reside in a state or area that requires smog check certification for vehicle registration? If yes, you need to visit a state-approved emissions test station. Any ol’ car mechanic won’t do. Find a Smog Test Station Most states, cities, and regions that require emissions test certification provide handy emissions-specific websites (a select few states merge […]

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How to Replace a Lost Smog Certificate by Melissa Crumish on

Proof of passing an emissions test is important. Some Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) offices require a smog test certificate (sometimes called a Vehicle Inspection Report) for vehicle matters like: Vehicle registration Registration renewal Lost registration replacement Title transfers If you wait to register until you find the emissions test certificate, you risk waiting too […]

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