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VIN Verification in Riverside County, California
Riverside County residents who need a VIN verification are not limited to having to go to the Department of Motor Vehicles. For your convenience & lifestyle there are more suitable alternatives for you that make it a lot easier for you to satisfy the Department of Motor Vehicles requirements for registering your car, truck, trailer or off-highway vehicle. In this article we aim to answer some of the most common questions when it comes to getting your VIN verification done in Riverside County.
First, what is a California VIN verification?
A VIN (vehicle identification number) verification is a California DMV inspection required to get your out of state vehicle registered in the California DMV database. It is a physical inspection of the vehicle – this inspection is documented on the REG31 / VIN verifier form.
Second, what does a vehicle verifier look for when doing a California VIN Verifications?
A vehicle verifier follows the REG31 form from top to bottom, and fills out the sections as they go along. Several of those items that are required to be documented are the vehicle year, make and model, the VIN & its location, the number of wheels, the number of axles, the license plate on the vehicle, the fuel type the vehicle uses, the status of the US Federal Certification Label and the Odometer reading. In addition to this we document the type of vehicle it is, such as a commercial, automobile, permanent trailer, coach trailer or motorcycle. Here are a few photos of what we saw on this 2019 GMC Sierra.
Third, why do I need a California VIN verification?
The VIN Verification process is exactly as it says, to verify the vehicle identification number of the vehicle. This process ensures that the vehicle actually exists (not just on paper), and second, that the vehicle identification number on the vehicle itself matches what is on the title. To obtain a VIN verifier’s license is inexpensive and relatively easy – the training to become a verifier is minimal, however, the task that a Socal VIN verification entails is very important in protecting the public against theft, fraud and any other type of illegal activity that people try to do. It’s a preventative measure to facilitate catching activity that is fraudulent. As an example, let’s say that you have a Vehicle with VIN number 1GCEC1111XXXXXXX, and there’s already a vehicle with that same VIN number in the CA DMV database or another state’s DMV – this is an automatic trigger that there is something wrong. We like to consider a vehicle verifier as gatekeeper against fraud to many degrees.
Requirements to Register Out of State Vehicles in California
In addition to offer verification services for your vehicles we are closely associated with a registration service called Quick Auto Tags – call them to get your vehicle licensed & titled. Listed below are some of the other requirements & documents you will need to get your vehicle registered in California:
- Your out of state title, MSO (manufacturer’s statement of origin), or registration card (if you’re only registering your car).
- For all gas powered & some diesel powered vehicles, you must get a smog.
- For commercial vehicles, pickup trucks (this includes small pickups, like El Caminos) you must get a California Weight-master Certificate.
Other Reasons I May Need a California VIN verification?
The VIN verification process is mostly used for bringing in vehicles that are from other states into the DMV system, however, it is also used for other reasons by the DMV and other entities. Below are a few of those scenarios:
- Vehicle was in a towed, the tow yard initiated a lien sale, the owner of the vehicle has recovered their vehicle from the tow yard but there is a “lien authorized” on file. To lift the “lien authorized” the DMV uses the VIN verification process to confirm that the registered owner has recovered their vehicle and has physical possession of the vehicle once again.
- You have a large commercial truck registered through IRP (international registration program). The IRP unit wants you to get a VIN verification to confirm the mileage (this process documents the mileage for them).
- Your vehicle is being converted from one type of vehicle to another (change in body type model) – the DMV calls this changing the BTM. An example of this is, you have a 2021 Ram 3500 that is registered as a pickup, but now you put a camper shell on it, and it is now a pickup mounted camper (PM) changing it into an automobile.
- Your vehicle has fallen off of the DMV system and it needs to be re-registered. (Our parent company Quick Auto Tags is a license registration service and can help you out with this).
- The VIN on my car does not match the VIN on my title.
Verifying Multiple Vehicles
Some individuals or companies may have multiple vehiclesthat need a vehicle verification. For this scenario, by far, the #1 solution is to have a mobile VIN verifier come to your location and get all your VIN verification done. Call us to make an appointment: 951-394-7012
Where Can I Get a California VIN verification?
There are 4 places that you can get a verification services, below I will list them for you:
- Quick VIN Verification
How much does it cost to get a California VIN verification?
The costs associated with getting a VIN verification depend on whether you want a mobile VIN verification or if you are willing to drive to the respective businesses to get it done. Below are the costs associated with each of the aforementioned places:
- Quick VIN Verification – at our VIN verify place: $25 – mobile, licensed vehicle verifiers come to you: between $67-$97 in Riverside County
- AAA – at their VIN verify place – it is included in their membership, they do not service non-members
- DMV – no cost
- CHP – no cost
Things to Know About Your Options in Riverside County:
With each option that is available to you to get a SoCal VIN verification there are benefits and details that you must be made aware of before you choose which is more suitable to you:
- Quick VIN Verification: We are mobile. We are friendly. We are fast. We are predictable. You set the time and place – and we are there. Licensed vehicle verifiers keep you away from the DMV – and allows you to stay home, or at any place you’d rather be.
- AAA: If you are a member, your membership includes the vehicle verifications service, along with the other services they provide. The mobile VIN verification is NOT an option.
- DMV: There is no cost. But you must have your paperwork in order prior to seeing them for a VIN verification – you can no longer just drive up and have a vehicle verifier inspect your vehicle. The mobile VIN verification is NOT an option.
- CHP: There is no cost. But you must have your paperwork in order prior to seeing them, and you must be referred to them by the CHP. For more information on the CHP vin verifications please read this section of my website. The mobile VIN verification is NOT an option
What you need to know about CHP VIN inspections in California
If you are being referred to the CHP by the DMV it’s for a specific reason. In rare situations, a CHP referral is a mistake, and the result of a misunderstanding, laziness or flat out ignorance. So before I continue, I’ll address the reasons someone will mistakenly refer you to the CHP:
- It is common for rookie vehicle verifiers to automatically refer you to the CHP when they don’t know how to proceed. Example, how to determine the year of an early model vehicle, such as a 1959 Chevy Impala. There are ways to verify the year of these vehicles, but when a rookie doesn’t know how to look it up, they make it “simple” and refer you to the CHP.
- They don’t know that this particular early model vehicle doesn’t have a secondary VIN.
- They don’t know that the engine & VIN number are one in the same for an early model vehicle.
Now that we have addressed those mistakes, let’s talk about the legitimate reasons why you got referred over to a CHP VIN inspector:
- You have a late model vehicle that is a revive salvaged or junked vehicle. Late model vehicles are almost always referred to the CHP for the reason that they need the expert eyes of a CHP officer. In fact, things are so different, they fill out a form that only they have access to. What they mostly look for is that this recently crashed vehicle is not being rebuilt with stolen parts from other vehicles.
- You have a motorcycle that has fallen off of the DMV database and have NO supporting documents.
- You have a motorcycle that needs an engine change.
- You have armored vehicles.
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