Auto registrations are a great tool to track the ownership of a vehicle. However, registering your car can be a headache. There are several steps you must follow to complete the registration process properly. Below are some of the primary steps for obtaining auto registrations.
1. Finalize the Sales Process
First and foremost, you’ll need to finalize the sales process of your vehicle and ensure all pink slip information is transferred in your name. Handshake deals and verbal agreements will not suffice in the auto registration process. When buying a new car from a dealership, they’ll typically handle the title transfer for you and provide the necessary paperwork.
2. Schedule a Smog Check
Before your appointment, you must schedule a smog check for your vehicle. A smog check is often required to complete the auto registration process and will ensure your car meets the environmental standards of your state. All auto registrations will require a smog check beforehand, but fortunately, in our team’s experience, most smog checks usually cost under $100. It’s an affordable way to ensure you comply with your registration and environmental standards.
3. Schedule Your Appointment
After getting your hands on the title and necessary documents, it’s time to schedule an appointment. Checking online for local offices and their hours is a great way to save time and avoid long wait times. You can complete your auto registration online, depending on your state’s process. Make sure to bring the required documents such as title, proof of insurance, and photo ID for your appointment, or you may risk rejection. You may also need to provide an odometer reading if your car is less than ten years old.
4. Pay Your Registration Fees
The cost of registering your car can vary state by state but generally ranges between $30 to $50, according to Investopedia. In addition to the registration fee, you may also need to pay additional fees and taxes such as sales tax and use tax. Because of this, it’s important to make sure to check your state’s website for detailed information. Lastly, be sure to pay close attention to the expiration date of your registration and renew it on time. Missing this deadline will result in late fees for your registration.
These simple steps will help you get your auto registration without hassles. We love making your registration easier. For more help, call us today at FooteWork. We look forward to hearing from you soon!