Coming up with an average CA DMV car registration fee isn't a very simple process. The base calculation for a registration fee in the state of California is based on a percentage of the purchase price of a vehicle for new purchases. Cars that aren't new purchases are calculated based on a fair market value. The California Department of Motor Vehicles provides calculators to determine new purchase registration fees, non-resident vehicle registration, used vehicle purchase and renewal registration. All calculations are meant to be estimates, though, because other fees might be assessed based on the particular situation.
January 27, 2012