In the United States of America, it is a State Law that Individuals who own cars, trailers, boats, mobile homes should undergo through the process of Vehicle Registration. This holds especially true to newly bought cars. The Department of Motor Vehicles made it easy for people by allowing them to download the application from their State's official DMV website and to get more auto registration information.
One reason for having car registration is to protect the owners. Of course, every state registration requires that the car is registered to the owner's name so that in case such car is stolen, it can be directly traced back into the owner. Conversely, in the absence of DMV car registration, the owner has no legal proof the automobile was ever his.
When you have the car registration application, it is important to provide all the important information asked and to sign and date the form. Generally, the information that needs to be filled out is about the car model, the year it was made and the Vehicle Information number. Only upon completion of the application form should the Vehicle Registration start.
Every U.S. State has its own Department of Motor Vehicle to handle the Vehicle Motor Registration. Bear in mind that the certificate of title of the car should also be presented along with valid identification card. Acceptable identification cards are valid driver's license and social security card. Another document requirement in car registration is proof of residency, which should be provided in two separate mails.
If the car is newly acquired, ensure that the vehicle's pink slip is available together with the seller's signature, otherwise, it is invalid. The buyer of the car also needs to sign the pink slip on the designated space. If the automobile for DMV car registration is less than 10 years old, an additional document is required for Vehicle Registration. The Department of Motor Vehicle requires the odometer disclosure and the mileage information must be filled out on the designated section of the certificate of title of the car.
If the auto registration is for a car that is more than 6 years old, a smog certificate is also required; however, if the car is older than 1975, it is exempted. When everything is ready, wait for your name to be called so you can submit the documents and pay for the fees, which are fairly calculated based on the year and model of the car. At this point, the car registration is completed.
There are some States in the US that require car owners to renew registration every year. The Department of Motor Vehicle in many States today implemented law to allow car owners to renew registration of their cars online. They only need to use their credit cards. In addition, if on the first Vehicle Registration, the physical presence of the car owner is required, it is not the same in the subsequent renewal of car registration.
When a car is sold to another individual or given as a present, the payment of the transfer fees should be paid within ten days from the day of sale. The process of vehicle transfer registration is similar to Vehicle Registration above, except that the Department of Motor Vehicle requires certificate of insurance and lien release if applicable.
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Article Added on Friday, September 11, 2009
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