2007 California Vehicle Code Article 2. Original Registration

CA Codes (veh:4150-4166)

VEHICLE CODE

SECTION 4150-4166




4150.  Application for the original or renewal registration of a
vehicle of a type required to be registered under this code shall be
made by the owner to the department upon the appropriate form
furnished by it and shall contain all of the following:
   (a) The true, full name, business or residence and mailing
address, and driver's license or identification card number, if any,
of the owner, and the true, full name and business or residence or
mailing address of the legal owner, if any.
   (b) The name of the county in which the owner resides.
   (c) A description of the vehicle, including the following data
insofar as they may exist:
   (1) The make, model, and type of body.
   (2) The vehicle identification number or any other identifying
number as may be required by the department.
   (3) The date first sold by a manufacturer, remanufacturer, or
dealer to a consumer.
   (d) Any other information that is reasonably required by the
department to enable it to determine whether the vehicle is lawfully
entitled to registration.



4150.1.  (a) On a form provided by the department, the registered
owner of record, lessee, or the owner's designee shall certify and
report the declared gross or combined gross vehicle weight of any
commercial motor vehicle, singly or in combination, in excess of
10,000 pounds.
   (b) A single form may be used or referenced for multiple vehicles.




4150.2.  Application for the original registration or renewal of the
registration of a motorcycle shall be made by the owner to the
department upon the appropriate form furnished by it, and shall
contain all of the following:
   (a) The true, full name, business or residence and mailing
address, and driver's license or identification card number, if any,
of the owner, and the true, full name and business or residence or
mailing address of the legal owner, if any.
   (b) The name of the county in which the owner resides.
   (c) A description of the motorcycle, including the following data
insofar as they may exist:
   (1) The make and type of body.
   (2) The motor and vehicle identification numbers recorded exactly
as they appear on the engine and frame, respectively, by the
manufacturer, and any other identifying number of the motorcycle as
may be required by the department.
   (3) The date first sold by a manufacturer, remanufacturer, or
dealer to a consumer.
   (d) Any other information that is reasonably required by the
department to enable it to determine whether the vehicle is lawfully
entitled to registration.
   (e) The department shall maintain a cross-index file of motor and
vehicle identification numbers registered with it.



4150.5.  Ownership of title to a vehicle subject to registration may
be held by two (or more) coowners as provided in Section 682 of the
Civil Code, except that:
   (a) A vehicle may be registered in the names of two (or more)
persons as coowners in the alternative by the use of the word "or."
A vehicle so registered in the alternative shall be deemed to be held
in joint tenancy.  Each coowner shall be deemed to have granted to
the other coowners the absolute right to dispose of the title and
interest in the vehicle.  Upon the death of a coowner the interest of
the decedent shall pass to the survivor as though title or interest
in the vehicle was held in joint tenancy unless a contrary intention
is set forth in writing upon the application for registration.
   (b) A vehicle may be registered in the names of two (or more)
persons as coowners in the alternative by the use of the word "or"
and if declared in writing upon the application for registration by
the applicants to be community property, or tenancy in common, shall
grant to each coowner the absolute power to transfer the title or
interest of the other coowners only during the lifetime of such
coowners.
   (c) A vehicle may be registered in the names of two (or more)
persons as coowners in the conjunctive by the use of the word "and"
and shall thereafter require the signature of each coowner or his
personal representative to transfer title to the vehicle, except
where title to the vehicle is set forth in joint tenancy, the
signature of each coowner or his personal representative shall be
required only during the lifetime of the coowners, and upon death of
a coowner title shall pass to the surviving coowner.
   (d) The department may adopt suitable abbreviations to appear upon
the certificate of registration and certificate of ownership to
designate the manner in which title to the vehicle is held if set
forth by the coowners upon the application for registration.



4150.7.  (a) Ownership of title to a vehicle subject to registration
may be held in beneficiary form that includes a direction to
transfer ownership of the vehicle to a designated beneficiary on the
death of the owner if both of the following requirements are
satisfied:
   (1) Only one owner is designated.
   (2) Only one TOD beneficiary is designated.
   (b) A certificate of ownership issued in beneficiary form shall
include, after the name of the owner, the words "transfer on death to"
or the abbreviation "TOD" followed by the name of the beneficiary.
   (c) During the lifetime of the owner, the signature or consent of
the beneficiary is not required for any transaction relating to the
vehicle for which a certificate of ownership in beneficiary form has
been issued.
   (d) The fee for registering ownership of a vehicle in a
beneficiary form is ten dollars ().



4151.  The department shall not accept an application for the
original registration of a vehicle in this State unless the vehicle
at the time of application is within this State unless the provisions
of Section 4152 are complied with.


4152.  (a) The department may accept an application for registration
of a vehicle which is not within this state, but which is to be
registered to a resident of this state, at the time all documents and
fees, as determined by the department in accordance with the
provisions of this division, are submitted to the department.
   (b) Any fees submitted pursuant to subdivision (a) shall not be
subject to refund based upon the fact that the vehicle has not been
and is not within this state.



4152.5.  Except as provided for in subdivision (c) of Section 9553,
when California registration is required of a vehicle last registered
in a foreign jurisdiction, an application for registration shall be
made to the department within 20 days following the date registration
became due.  The application shall be deemed an original
application.



4153.  If the vehicle to be registered is a specially constructed or
remanufactured vehicle, the application shall also state that fact
and contain additional information as may reasonably be required by
the department to enable it properly to register the vehicle.



4154.  The department may not issue or renew the registration of a
farm labor vehicle unless the owner of the vehicle provides
verification to the department that the inspection required by
Section 31401 has been performed.  For these purposes, the department
shall determine what constitutes appropriate verification.



4155.  Registration under this code shall apply to any vehicle owned
by the United States government, the state, or any city, county, or
political subdivision of the state, except in the following
particulars:
   (a) A license plate issued for a vehicle while publicly owned need
not display the year number for which it is issued, but shall
display a distinguishing symbol or letter.
   (b) The registration of the vehicle and the registration card
issued therefor shall not be renewed annually but shall remain valid
until the certificate of ownership is suspended, revoked, or canceled
by the department or upon a transfer of any interest shown in the
certificate of ownership.  If ownership of the vehicle is transferred
to any person, the vehicle shall be reregistered as a privately
owned vehicle and the special license plates shall be surrendered to
the department.
   (c) An identification plate used for special construction,
cemetery, or special mobile equipment need not display a
distinguishing symbol or letter.


4156.  Other provisions of this code notwithstanding, the department
in its discretion may issue a temporary permit to operate a vehicle
when a payment of fees has been accepted in an amount to be
determined by, and paid to the department, by the owner or other
person in lawful possession of such vehicle. The permit shall be
subject to such terms and conditions and shall be valid for such
period of time as the department shall deem appropriate under the
circumstances.


4157.  In the absence of the regularly required supporting evidence
of ownership upon application for registration or transfer of a
vehicle, the department may accept an undertaking or bond which shall
be conditioned to protect the department and all officers and
employees thereof and any subsequent purchaser of the vehicle, any
person acquiring a lien or security interest thereon, or the
successor in interest of such purchaser or person against any loss or
damage on account of any defect in or undisclosed claim upon the
right, title, and interest of the applicant or other person in and to
the vehicle.


4158.  In the event the vehicle is no longer registered in this
state and the currently valid certificate of ownership is surrendered
to the department, the bond or undertaking shall be returned and
surrendered at the end of three years or prior thereto.




4159.  Whenever any person after making application for the
registration of a vehicle required to be registered under this code,
or after obtaining registration either as owner or legal owner, moves
or acquires a new address different from the address shown in the
application or upon the certificate of ownership or registration
card, such person shall, within 10 days thereafter, notify the
department of his old and new address.



4160.  Any registered owner of a vehicle who moves or acquires a new
address different from the address shown upon the registration card
issued for the vehicle shall within 10 days mark out the former
address shown on the face of the card and with pen and ink write or
type the new address on the face of the card immediately below the
former address with the initials of the registered owner.



4161.  (a) Whenever a motor vehicle engine or motor is installed,
except temporarily, in a motor vehicle which is identified on the
ownership and registration certificates by motor or engine number or
by both the motor and frame numbers and subject to registration under
this code, the owner of the motor vehicle shall, within 10 days
thereafter, give notice to the department upon a form furnished by it
containing a description of the motor vehicle engine or motor
installed, including any identifying number thereon and the date of
the installation.  The owner of the motor vehicle shall also submit
to the department with the notice the certificate of ownership and
registration card covering the motor vehicle in which the motor
vehicle engine or motor is installed and evidence of ownership
covering the new or used motor vehicle engine or motor installed and
such other documents as may be required by the department.
   (b) Upon receipt of motor vehicle engine or motor change
notification and other required documents, the department shall
assign a distinguishing vehicle identification number to motor
vehicles, other than motorcycles or motor-driven cycles registered
under a motor number or motor and frame numbers.  When the
distinguishing vehicle identification number is placed on the vehicle
as authorized, the vehicle shall thereafter be identified by the
distinguishing identification number assigned.
   (c) Notwithstanding any other provision of this section or any
other provision of law, whenever an application is made to the
department to register a replacement engine case for any motorcycle,
the department shall request the Department of the California Highway
Patrol to inspect the motorcycle to determine its proper identity.
If the replacement engine case bears the same identifying numbers as
the engine case being replaced, the original engine case shall be
destroyed.  A determination verifying proof of destruction shall be
made by the Department of the California Highway Patrol.



4163.  The owner of three or more motor vehicles is not required to
notify the department or to pay the fee required under Section 9257
when motor vehicle engines or motors owned by him are installed in or
transferred between the motor vehicles owned by him until the motor
vehicle is sold, transferred, or otherwise disposed of by him.




4166.  The department may assign a distinguishing vehicle
identification number to a motor vehicle whenever the motor or other
identifying number thereon is removed, destroyed or obliterated, and
any motor vehicle to which a distinguishing vehicle identification
number is assigned as authorized herein shall be registered under the
number so assigned when registration of the motor vehicle is
required under this code.

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