How to Fill Out Car Registration Forms for the DMV

March 18, 2013

Find out what information you're expected to enter in a car registration form, and how your registration is processed.

Filling Out Form

A car registration number is a characteristic alphanumeric code that helps to distinctively identify a car within the specific issuing district's database. In several countries the registration number is distinct within the whole country area whereas in other countries it is an exclusive number within a county or state. Though in America license plates have been in use for only a hundred years, most of them have a distinctive history involving them.

Department of Motor Vehicles

In United States DMV or the department of motor vehicles is an organization which is under the administration of the respective state governments. The state government controls the whole process of auto registration and also the driver certification procedure. The American state of Hawaii is an exception as here the department of motor vehicles is under the supervision of the County. In Canada auto registration and driver certification is monitored by the provincial government. In Tennessee and Kentucky the Department of Revenue, the Transportation Cabinet and the Taxpayer Vehicle Services Division controls the auto registration and licensing department while in District of Columbia the metropolis government administers the department of motor vehicles.

Auto Registration Form

Personal information - The California auto registration form requires the full name of the applicant along with the complete business and residential address with zip code. The applicant's telephone number is also required. The driver license number or the ID number also needs to be mentioned. The second part deals with the title holder information like the name and address of the main financer which may be a bank or a finance company or an individual.

Vehicle Cost and Mileage Information - This part of the form deals with the operation and cost information. Like the mentioning of the distance the car has travelled in miles or kilometers. The year, month and date of purchase of the vehicle also needs to be mentioned. It is necessary to reveal whether the vehicle was newly purchased from the showroom or there is a change of ownership. The original car value during the time of purchase has to be mentioned. It is important to remember that the vehicle purchase cost does not comprise of warranty charges, insurance charges, sales tax and finance charges. The nature of use of the vehicle also needs to be stated, like, whether the vehicle will be used for personal purposes or for commercial purposes as a public transport. The sales tax amount also needs to be mentioned. The Fourth and the last section of the form requires the present owner's signature along with date and time to certify that all the above mentioned information provided by the owner is true and genuine.

Verification of the Vehicle - The second half of the form deals with the verification of the vehicle which is meant to be filled by the DMV or Department of Motor Vehicle authority or by a licensed vehicle verifier who is properly qualified to execute vehicle verifications. Other than the DMV authority the California Highway Patrol also has the authority to verify a particular vehicle. Since the DAV of the United States is administered by the respective state governments hence different states have different auto registration form formats but the information needs to be provided are almost the same.