2007 California Vehicle Code Article 3. Registration Of Foreign Vehicles

CA Codes (veh:4300-4309)

SECTION 4300-4309

4300.  Upon application for registration of a vehicle previously
registered outside this State, the application shall be certified by
the applicant and shall state that the vehicle previously has been
registered outside this State, the time and place of the last
registration of such vehicle outside this State, the name and address
of the governmental officer, agency, or authority making the
registration, and such further information relative to its previous
registration as may reasonably be required by the department,
including the time and place of original registration, if known, and
if different from the last foreign registration.

4300.5.  An application for registration under this chapter of a
vehicle previously registered outside of this state shall be
accompanied by payment of the amount required to be paid under Part 1
(commencing with Section 6001) of Division 2 of the Revenue and
Taxation Code with respect to the use of the vehicle by the

4301.  The applicant shall surrender to the department all unexpired
license plates, seals, certificates, or other evidence of foreign
registration as may be in his possession or under his control.  The
department may require a certification from the jurisdiction of last
registry when the applicant fails to surrender the last issued
unexpired license plates.

4302.  Upon application made at the time of their surrender to the
department and upon payment of a fee of one dollar (), the
department shall return the unexpired license plates to the official
in charge of the registration of motor vehicles in the state of issue
of the license plates.

4303.  If in the course of interstate operation of a vehicle
registered in another state it is desirable to retain registration in
such state, the applicant need not surrender the evidence of foreign
registration, but shall deliver it to the department for purposes of
inspection, and the department upon a proper showing shall register
the vehicle in this State, but shall not issue a certificate of
ownership for the vehicle.

4304.  Upon application for registration of a vehicle previously
registered outside this State, the department shall grant full faith
and credit to the currently valid certificate of title describing the
vehicle, the ownership thereof, and any liens thereon, issued by the
state in which the vehicle was last registered, except that the laws
of the state shall provide for the notation upon the certificate of
title of any and all liens and encumbrances other than those
dependent upon possession.

4305.  In the absence of knowledge by the department that any
certificate of title issued by another state is forged, fraudulent,
or void, the acceptance thereof by the department shall be a
sufficient determination of the genuineness and regularity of the
certificate and of the truth of the recitals therein, and no
liability shall be incurred by any officer or employee of the
department by reason of so accepting a certificate of title.

4306.  In the event a certificate of title issued by another state
shows any lien or encumbrance upon the vehicle therein described,
then the department upon registering the vehicle in this State and
upon issuing a certificate of ownership shall include therein the
name of the lienholder as legal owner unless documents submitted with
the foreign certificate of title establish that the lien or
encumbrance has been fully satisfied.

4307.  In the event application is made in this state for
registration of a vehicle and the department is not satisfied as to
the ownership of the vehicle or the existence of foreign liens
thereon, then the department may register the vehicle and issue a
distinctive registration card and appropriate license plates but
shall withhold issuance of a California certificate of ownership
unless the applicant shall present documents sufficient to reasonably
satisfy the department of the applicant's ownership of the vehicle
and sufficient to identify any liens thereon or the applicant shall
post a bond pursuant to Section 4157.

4308.  In the event the department refuses to grant an application
for registration in this State of a vehicle previously registered in
another state, the department shall immediately return to the
applicant all documents submitted by the applicant with the

4309.  The department shall forthwith mail a notice of the filing of
any application for registration of a vehicle previously registered
outside this state upon written request of the governmental officer,
agency, or authority which made the last registration of the vehicle
outside this state.  The notice shall contain like data as required
on the application filed with the department.  This section shall not
apply to applications to register commercial vehicles operating in
interstate transportation nor to vehicles last registered in a
foreign province or country.

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