California defines a salvaged vehicle as one that has been either totally destroyed or damaged beyond what the insurance company is willing to pay to fix it, so the owner never gets the vehicle repaired.
A duplicate California Certificate of Title must be obtained when the original is lost, stolen, mutilated, illegible, or not received. An Application for Duplicate or Paperless Title (REG 227) form, available at www.dmv.ca.gov/forms/reg/reg227.pdf, must be completed by the legal or registered owner (if no legal owner is on DMV records) and submitted with the duplicate title fee.
Re register a Salvaged Vehicle Checklist The requirements for re-registering a vehicle previously reported as a total loss (salvaged) are: – A completed Application for Title or Registration (REG 343). – The California Salvage Certificate. The Salvage Certificate must be signed or endorsed for transfer if someone other than the owner named on the certificate…
Californians must renew their vehicles’ registration annually, as required by the CA Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). Registration fees for car registration renewal provide funding for such things as the building and upkeep of streets and highways, the California Highway Patrol, and local county departments.
You can transfer your vehicle to family members without providing a smog test or paying the use tax. Family members who qualify (including step, half, and adopted family members) are: Parents, Children, Grandparents, Grandchildren, Spouses, Siblings (smog certification may be required if a smog test is due), Domestic partners.