The importance of updating your address at the DMV

Posted by Uni Aguilar on Tue, Mar 05, 2013 @ 22:03 PM

When you are moving, one of the final things people tend to is updating their addresses to everyone that sends correspondence to them via USPS mail. One of the most simplest things that you must legally do and you must do for other purposes is update your address when you move. The DMV requires that you do this, and so does law enforcement. Why is updating your address so important? Here are a few reasons:

  1. The DMV will send you your registration renewal notices to the right address, and not the wrong one. By doing this simple thing, you avoid possibly being late and incurring late penalty fees when it is time to get your auto tag stickers. Don't be like so many of my customers that only find out they are late when one of their kids or a friend tells them that their tags are already expired.
  2. The DMV will send you a notice of a suspended registration and you will be unaware of it. Sometimes your insurance company doesn't notify the DMV that you have insurance, and as a result, you could be driving around with a suspended registration for assuming that the insurance company did their part by electronically notifying the DMV.
  3. The DMV will send you a notice of unpaid registration fees. Sometimes a person you sold a vehicle to doesn't do a title transfer, and as a result, the vehicle remains in your name, and as a result, all notices, such as tickets, unpaid registration fees, and things of that sort, get sent to you. By having the right address on file, you will quickly respond to those notices & avoid collections process against you on a vehicle that you no longer own.
  4. Other entities, such as a tow yard, parking ticket enforcements and other third parties may send you notices and you may not be aware of them. A a tow yard could send you a notice of a pending lien sale or a parking enforcement agency may have sent you a ticket that you are unaware of. Having these notices sent to you is imperative so that you can respond promptly to clarify the situation.
So how easy is it have your address updated at the DMV? One of the ways is by filling out form DMV 14: fill it out, sign it, and mail it to the DMV. The other way is to sign up online on the DMV's website and electronically update your address yourself. Unfortunately with these first 2 options you won't get an updated registration card, however, the other, and quickest way to do it, is coming into our office and having us do it for you. We can issue you the new registration with the updated address immediately, and you won't have to worry about it again.

Topics: change in ownership, dmv, registration, auto, auto tag agency, Title transfer, Tags, suspended registration, auto tag

Preventing theft of your registration stickers..

Posted by Uni Aguilar on Sat, May 21, 2011 @ 17:05 PM

In the city in which our business resides, Riverside, CA, there is a problem with theft of stickers from autos. This problem is not unique to just Riverside, this is a problem you will see everywhere. Thieves use these stickers to illegally place them on other vehicles, this way, they avoid paying registration fees. What can you do to prevent the theft of your registration stickers? Here are a few tips that we suggest:

  • After putting your new sticker on your license plate you should take a blade and cut the sticker in several directions. By doing this, you will render the the sticker useless if a thief tries to pull it off, because the sticker will come off in many tiny pieces, as opposed to one whole piece.
  • Some thieves are smarter than others. The smarter ones do not waste their time trying to take the sticker itself, instead, they take the entire license plate with them. To help prevent this, you should invest in anti-theft license plate fasteners. Usually these kits come with screws that don't have a standard head (flat or cross) making it more difficult for someone to steal your stickers. Here is an example: anti-theft license plate fasteners.
  • Although this suggestion may not be easy to apply all the time, it is probably the most effective: park your car in a way in which it will be very difficult for a thief to take your sticker/plate. When it is difficult for someone to steal something, they will either give up quickly or not try at all.

If you do find yourself the victim of the this crime we can help you. If someone steals your sticker, you can come into our office and we can help you get a replacement sticker. However, if someone steals your license plate, you must file a police report immediately. It is imperative that you file a police report as soon as possible because it protects you against liability and also helps police determine that it was not you who committed crimes.

Topics: stickers, prevent, registration, stolen, new, prevention, theft, replacement, Tags, plate, license plate