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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Surrendering License Plates: When to Hand Over Your Tags

by Melissa Crumish on

When to Surrender Your License Plates Depending on the laws of your state, there are several scenarios that mandate surrendering your vehicle’s license plates or tags: Relocation to a new state. Transferring vehicle ownership. No longer carrying auto insurance. New license plate design. Placing the vehicle in storage or taking it off the road for […]

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Changing Vehicle Ownership: Why Title Transfers Matter by Kat Saks on

Whether you’ve sold or given away your vehicle – or bought or been given a new car – there’s a process to switching vehicle ownership. Namely, you have to transfer the title. Before you drive off, make sure your transaction is official by completing your state’s title transfer requirements. Title Transfer Basics The title is […]

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Replace Registration Renewal Card by Melissa Crumish on

When the Car Registration Renewal Card Goes Missing Take heart: There are worse things you could lose. Unlike, say, a lost driver’s license, replacing a lost car registration renewal card requires nothing more than a phone call to your local Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) or other motor vehicle agency office. But more on that […]

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Title Transfer Requirements: Fees, Paperwork, Inspections by Alicia Sparks on

  The DMV requires a title transfer whenever the owner’s name changes or a vehicle changes hands. The latter includes: Buying or selling a vehicle, whether you work with a private individual or dealership. Paying off your loan. Giving a vehicle as a gift or donating it to charity. Transferring ownership to a family member. […]

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Benefits of Smog Checks and Vehicle Emissions Testing by Kat Saks on

Have you ever caught sight of smog? If you’ve spent any time in a city, chances are, you have. Get the scoop on what smog is and how you can help combat it with regular vehicle emissions testing. What Is Smog? Modern day smog is a visible type of air pollution that appears as a thick, […]

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