California DMV Registration Status
Department of Motor Vehicles Registration and Title Transfer Status Information
How do I use the DMV registration status look-up tool?
It is important to wait a few days to a week after you've made your registration renewal payment before you use the DMV registration status tool to check your registration status. The exact amount of time we recommend waiting depends on whether you paid your DMV registration renewal payment online or by mail. Paying online is a better way to ensure your fees are received, as the DMV payment gateway rarely fails. If having paid online (through the DMV online portal), you can use our system to check your registration status in as short as 24 hours. Mailed check or money order payments, usually require a week or two for processing. So give it just a bit more time. The DMV does not accept cash, so hopefully that's not the situation in your case.
Everything we discuss on this page is off the assumption that the DMV has your correct mailing address. If you recently moved, consider that the USPS mail forwarding system does make errors, and mail gets lost regularly. Use the status tool to check your vehicle's renewal record and determine which course of action you need to take to get your new tags as soon as possible.
Note: This does not apply to NeedTags customers. If you paid registration fees through NeedTags and have not received your order within one week, please call (800) 300-7311 Ext 1 or contact us by email as soon as possible. You are entitled to a free replacement registration card and sticker within 30 days of us mailing out your first order.
C. DMV RECORDS INDICATE FEES ARE DUE - Should our system calculate and display renewal fees, and assuming you've given it enough time between making your DMV payment and using our DMV registration status tool, we can safely say the DMV did not received your payment and your vehicle's registration renewal was not processed. It's urgent you act now to get this resolved. Your registration may be in jeopardy of accruing late fees. If you paid by check, make sure you cancel the check right away to ensure it does not get cashed by the wrong person, next decide how you will be handling the renewal, pay fees online, in-person at a local DMV field office (DMV), or at a private vehicle registration service provider (BPA).
D. FEES ARE NOT DUE FOR THIS VEHICLE - This message is by far the best. Your renewal fees have been paid and your vehicle's registration has been renewed. The only thing missing is the arrival of your new tags and registration card. You may visit the DMV as mentioned above and request a replacement card and registration sticker, or you may choose to order a replacement online. We suspect your new registration was lost in the mail. Remember to have allowed at least 3 weeks before assuming this to be the case. The DMV will not issue you a replacement unless you've given them ample time for processing and mailing. The same is not true if you choose to place a replacement order online. You can order a replacement registration card and sticker anytime as long as your renewal fees have been paid.
Note: As mentioned above, this does not apply to NeedTags customers. If you paid registration fees through NeedTags and have not received your order within one week, please call (800) 300-7311 Ext 1 or contact us by email as soon as possible. You are entitled to a free replacement registration card and sticker within 30 days of us mailing out your first order.
E. EMISSION RECALL PROOF REQUIRED - This message indicates your vehicle requires a repair to its emissions system(s). An Emission Recall has been issued by the California Air Resources Board for the vehicle and the repair must be performed by the vehicle's manufacturer. A Proof of Correction will be issued for the vehicle and you will be given documention by the dealer service center after the required repairs have been made. The Proof of Correction must be turned into the DMV before you are able to complete the vehicle's registration renewal. Learn more... Emissions Recall - Proof of Correction
F. UNABLE TO PROCESS ONLINE DUE TO PARKING/TOLL CITATIONS ON FILE - This message indicates your vehicle has parking and/or toll citations on record which may not be cleared online. You may be required to visit your local DMV branch office in order to remedy the situation. Please contact the DMV at (800) 777-0133 for information regarding this matter.
G. EXCEEDS 44 FEE CODE LIMITATION - This message indicates the total registration fees due exceed the amount which can be processed online. Your transaction must be performed at a DMV field office. Please contact the DMV at (800) 777-0133 for information regarding this matter. Schedule DMV Appointment
H. INVALID FIELD PRESENT (veh_gvw) - This error message indicates the DMV requires a correction be made to your vehicle's weight status. Contact the DMV for more information by calling (800) 777-0133.
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