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What Is a Revived Salvage Vehicle?
A revived salvage vehicle is a vehicle that has been reported to the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) by the owner or insurance company as a total loss and now has been restored to operational condition. (For information on revived junked vehicles, see the How To: Reregister a Junk Vehicle (HTVR 4) brochure.)
What Do I Need to Reregister a Salvage Vehicle?
An Application for Title or Registration (REG 343) form (PDF) signed by all listed owners.
- The vehicle cost must include the labor cost, even if the labor was done by you.
Proof of ownership. This may be one of the following:
- A Salvage Certificate in your name or endorsed for transfer to your name. If the Salvage Certificate is missing, the insurance company or person who applied for the original must complete an Application for Salvage Certificate or Nonrepairable Vehicle Certificate (REG 488C) form (PDF) and a Statement of Facts (REG 256) form (PDF) describing the vehicle and disposition of the original Salvage Certificate.
- The Certificate of Title or an Application for Duplicate or Paperless Title (REG 227) form in your name or endorsed for transfer into your name and a REG 488C.
- You may also need a Vehicle/Vessel Transfer and Reassignment Form (REG 262), bill of sale, odometer disclosure, or power of attorney, as necessary, to complete the chain of ownership.
A vehicle inspection by the California DMV or California Highway Patrol (CHP).
- CHP conducts inspections by appointment only at one of the telephone numbers listed at the end of this brochure.
- You must bring the bill(s) of sale for parts and proof of ownership to the CHP inspection appointment.
- A nonrefundable inspection fee will be collected by DMV at the time the registration application is presented.
- Vehicles manufactured with a supplemental restraint system (air bags) need to be equipped with working air bags that meet applicable federal motor vehicle safety standards and conform to the manufacturer's specifications.
California brake and light inspection certificates. Certificates are not required for trailers weighing 3,000 pounds or less gross vehicle weight. For a listing of California state-licensed brake and light inspection stations, check your local telephone directory or the Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR) website at www.bar.ca.gov
EXCEPTION: When a California state-licensed brake and light inspection station that inspects specific vehicles, such as motorcycles or large commercial vehicles, is not located within a reasonable distance, the California DMV will accept a Statement of Facts (REG 256) form from a California state-licensed repair shop certifying that the brakes and lights are in proper working order.
A California public weigh master's certificate of the vehicle's empty, unladen, scale, or tare weight for trucks and pickups. For a list of public scales, check your local telephone directory or with the California Department of Food and Agriculture website at www.cdfa.ca.gov
A weight certificate is not required for:
- Trucks or pickups previously registered in California when the prior California Certificate of Title or registration shows the empty or unladen weight and the number of axles, and the vehicle has not been modified to change the weight.
- Trucks or pickups with an empty or unladen weight of 6,000 pounds or less when the empty, unladen, scale, shipping, or tare weight is indicated on an out-of-state title or registration, and the vehicle has not been modified to change the weight.
- Two-axle or three-axle trucks weighing 10,001 pounds or more; the estimated weight is required.
- Autos (unless registered as commercial vehicles), trailers, and motorcycles.
NOTE: A Declaration of Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW)/Combined Gross Vehicle Weight (CGW) (REG 4008) form is required for commercial vehicles weighing 6,001 pounds or more, except pickups.
Smog certification from a California state-licensed smog inspection station, unless your vehicle is:
- Diesel-powered and manufactured prior to 1998 with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of more than 14,000 pounds.
- Natural gas-powered with a GVWR of more than 14,000 pounds.
- A hybrid.
- A motorcycle.
- A trailer.
- A 1975 year model or older.
- Already titled in your name and does not require a smog certification for renewal of registration.
NOTE: A California Certificate of Title will not be issued if you do not obtain the required certification(s) and reregister your vehicle before moving it out of California. California does not recognize out-of-state salvage vehicle inspection certifications.
Fees. The types of fees that may be collected are:
- Registration fee
- CHP fee
- Vehicle license fee
- Weight fee
- Commercial Vehicle Registration Act (CVRA) motor vehicle fee
- County fees
- Cargo theft interdiction program (CTIP) fee
- Permanent Trailer Identification (PTI) service fee (most trailers)
- Salvage certificate fee
- Duplicate title fee
- Penalty fee (if the registration has expired and the vehicle was not placed on planned nonoperational status)
Transfer fee(s) (not due if the vehicle was already titled in your name)
Substitute license plate fee
- Salvage and dismantled vehicle inspection fee
- Prior history fee
- Nonresident fee (if the vehicle was last registered out of state)
NOTE: For registration fees, see the Registration Related Fees Fast Facts (FFVR 34) brochure. Because fees are subject to change, visit the DMV website at www.dmv.ca.gov
for the most current information.