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Old 09-25-2013, 03:18 AM
 
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I'm a new resident to CA and brought my out of state car with me. I paid over $400 to DMV to get the car registered in CA just 3 weeks ago. I subsequently sold the car to a dealer. Dealer said the registration and the randomly assigned (standard) plates are not transferable and belong to the car, not me. Is this really true? Is there anything that can be done to get the registration transferred to me so I can use the existing registration and plates on my new car or get a refund? I hate to lose $400 like this just for 3 weeks worth of car registration and have to do it all over again. Thanks!
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Old 09-25-2013, 03:56 AM
 
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He is correct. You paid the registration for THAT vehicle and it cannot be transferred to another car.
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Old 09-25-2013, 04:58 AM
 
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Is it true vanity plates belong to the owner and are therefore transferable?
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Old 09-25-2013, 09:45 AM
 
Location: Riverside Ca
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Is it true vanity plates belong to the owner and are therefore transferable?


Yes vanity plates belong to person not vehicle.
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Old 09-25-2013, 02:07 PM
 
Location: Idaho
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Yes vanity plates belong to person not vehicle.
True, but they have to be assigned to a vehicle. Meaning, that you just can't swap them from car to car without notifying the DMV. I suppose that you could just hang them on a wall in your den, but if you put them on a car/truck, you need to let them know.
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Old 09-25-2013, 04:15 PM
 
Location: Carmichael, CA
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I'm a new resident to CA and brought my out of state car with me. I paid over $400 to DMV to get the car registered in CA just 3 weeks ago. I subsequently sold the car to a dealer. Dealer said the registration and the randomly assigned (standard) plates are not transferable and belong to the car, not me. Is this really true? Is there anything that can be done to get the registration transferred to me so I can use the existing registration and plates on my new car or get a refund? I hate to lose $400 like this just for 3 weeks worth of car registration and have to do it all over again. Thanks!
The official assumption is that the trade-in price you received from the dealer reflected the expense of vehicle registration. The dealer could, if they wanted, lower the price on the new car by the same amount, so theoretically transferring the money to the new car.

The dealer isn't required to do that, and will probably not. But you can try.
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Old 09-25-2013, 08:54 PM
 
Location: Riverside Ca
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True, but they have to be assigned to a vehicle. Meaning, that you just can't swap them from car to car without notifying the DMV. I suppose that you could just hang them on a wall in your den, but if you put them on a car/truck, you need to let them know.
Yeah you're right the whole purpose was to be able to keep your personalized plate with you. That's what I meant by it belongs to you. I mean obviously you tell DMV hey I'm registering my personal plate from x car to y car. I had a personal plate MR DS GT on a Mustang back in the day but it looked funny on a truck so I turned it in to DMV
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Old 09-25-2013, 10:54 PM
 
Location: Carmichael, CA
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Is it true vanity plates belong to the owner and are therefore transferable?
The plates are transferable--the registration sticker reflected on the plate is not transferable. There's a re-assignment fee ($40? not sure) or you can just keep them for awhile, ($25 a year)
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