Tags, registration and vehicle sales

If you ever register your vehicle before selling, you cannot get a refund of your registration fees from the Department of Motor Vehicles. That was one of the topics discussed in this week's "Ask George" transportation column put out by the state agency. Instead, include the cost of the registration in the cost of the vehicle or negotiate for the buyer to reimburse you of your registration costs. The only time the DMV issues a refund for registration is when the fee is:
  • Excessive
  • Assessed in error
  • Not legally due under California Vehicle Code Section 42231.
For more information on refunds, see www.dmv.ca.gov/pubs/brochures/fast_facts/ffvr15.htm.
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