Getting registration completed in California can be highly time-consuming. To start, here are some of the later steps you will need to follow in preparation for registration after getting a smog check. This will be following your application completion, and out-of-state title information if necessary.

First, you need to obtain a valid smog certificate. You can do this at any licensed California smog station. Be sure to bring the car with you for testing and have all necessary documents on hand, including your out-of-state title if applicable.

Next, you’ll need to complete the registration process by paying the necessary fees and taxes. Be prepared to pay the registration fee, the weight fee (if applicable), the use tax on your vehicle, a tire recycling fee, the title transfer fee, and any additional county or city fees that may apply.

Lastly, you’ll need to get a valid California license plate sticker and place it onto your car’s license plate. Once you’ve completed that, there are just a few extra steps to complete.


Steps after application completion


Preparing necessary documents – This is a must. Follow the list from the DMV to ensure there aren’t any last-minute issues. Also, upon purchasing the vehicle, there’s a 10-day window to register. Ensure you meet that deadline. Upon a newly established residency in California, you have 20 days to register your vehicle.


Proof of Insurance  Something you do not want to forget. Proof of insurance is always a necessary component with a new vehicle or change of state. Prepare accordingly.


Smog Check – This is where Smog Just Smog can help you most. Getting a smog check is quick and simple, easily complete in about 20-30 minutes. Virtually, a smog check is ensuring the safety of the vehicle and its driver. This is just through the inspection of emissions, functionality, and potential pollutants.


Give us a call today, and come by the shop to get certified for registration. We’ll have you back out on the road in no time!