We also more recently had the DMV in Sacramento reject a DMV VIN
The back of the VIN verification form has lots of exceptions to
what "VIN verifiers," other than the CHP can do. REG 31 is the
Also note that, if you are taking an out of state vehicle in for
a VIN verification, (and maybe others) that CHP office must be in
the county in which you intend to register the vehicle. The idea
is that, if the verifier finds a problem, like a stolen vehicle,
you will not be allowed to drive off in that vehicle.
So if you intend to register in a "no smog" county, (where you
happen to have your summer castle), you need the CHP to be in that
BTW, needed to VIN verify 4 Toyotas, all with incorrect years.
CHP in Castro Valley actually did a house call.
On 10/13/2020 12:50 PM, David Russel
Having had a manager (not the clerk who was being very
helpful, accommodating, and about to approve when her manager
overheard part of our conversation and came over to check out
the paperwork) reject the verification done by the DMV
verifier at her location, I suggest getting the
verification done by the CHP. When the DMV manager rejected
her own co-workers verification I asked what would be
acceptable and she said she would accept it from the CHP. On
request she gave me the CHP phone number she had on file and
as I recall the call went thru without any exhausting phone
menu tree BS. The inspecting officer invited me to come over
and said he'd try to fit me in between his appointments and
when I arrived his next appointment was late and he took me
immediately. He laughed at the DMV's CYA refusal, looked the
car over noting chassis # and Data plate information, and
signed off on the verification. Back at the DMV with the CHP
approval it all went smoothly.
Not saying that other locations and different players will
also reject their in-house verifier, but having it done by CHP
will give you an edge.
1. Ask CA DMV if a “file” exists for your VIN
and CA lic plate number.
2. If NO file exists, your VIN and/or CA lic
plate are not in file - no fines are due, as no file
3. Start a new DMV file: start an
application for original title and ownership - you will
need a VIN verification done at DMV field office,
establish the value of the vehicle for CA tax & DMV
* Bend over, catch your breath, and hope your
not dealing with a DMV official who wants to
administratively make your day, month and year - just ask
for all your paperwork back and regroup and go to another
DMV field office, yourself having fixed any mistakes that
might have been brought to light by your first close
encounter of the DMV kind ...
I got a Triumph Stag as a parts car. It
was too good to part out and over the years I was able
to get enough parts to get it running.
I have some paperwork for it as it was sold under a
lien. I never registered it.
I would like to register this car now in CA. How do I go
about registering it and what is the process?
I've had the car for many years and am hoping to avoid
any penalties for not registering the car even under the
Any advice appreciated.
Matthew M Spielberg
21855 Redwood Road
Castro Valley, CA 94546