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Moving to California from Hawaii Need To Register My Vehicles
I have 2 vehicles that are currently register in Hawaii. I will be moving to San Diego and want to know how and when should I register my vehicles in San Diego, California.
The DMV registration process for an out of state vehicle is similar to that of a California vehicle title transfer except an out of state vehicle will need to have its vehicle identification number (VIN) verified and a VIN Verification Form (REG 31) turned in to the DMV. A VIN verification can be obtained at a California DMV office, California Highway Patrol Station (with appointment) or certified VIN verification facility. You will also need to complete and submit a California Application for Title or Registration Form (REG 343) form.
Finally, you may need to have your vehicles smog inspected. You can obtain a smog check at any California smog station. The results of the inspection will be sent to the DMV electronically.
The following vehicles are exempt from the California smog inspection:
- 1975 or older year model and gas-powered
- 1997 or older year model and diesel-powered
- Diesel-powered, natural gas or propane-powered with a GVWR of 14,001 pounds or more
- Electric powered
- Hydrogen fuel cell-powered