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

Can't get your auto tag because of a suspended registration ?

Posted by Uni Aguilar on Wed, Jul 25, 2012 @ 23:07 PM

If you have not had insurance for your vehicle you may be unable to get your auto tag because of a suspended registration. California has implemented a system a few years back that forced people to get auto insurance, and what they have done is suspended your registration. You will need to get a few things done in order to reinstate your suspended registration. The following is a list of the three simple, but absolutely essential steps that you must take to obtain your auto tag:

  1. Purchase auto liability insurance: CA law requires that you have auto liability insurance. This is the first step in getting your suspended registration reinstated.
  2. Pay the $14 reinstatement fee: This fee is only $14. The fee is not much, but for some people it can be a pain to pay because the DMV has assigned a totally separate department to handle the fee, the suspension and the reinstatement process. This fee can only be paid online or by mail, the local DMV office cannot accept this fee & cash is not accepted. However, our office can help you pay this fee in our office.
  3. Wait: Yes.. the third step is to wait. Although your insurance company notifies the DMV electronically that your insurance is in place, the process usually takes 3 to 7 business days. Some people have the "luck" of getting their suspended registration reinstated sooner than 3 days, but it is rare. But if you come into our auto tag agency, we can help you clear your suspended registration and get your auto tag .. instantly! Give us a call...
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Topics: auto tag agency, suspended registration, auto tag