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Old 06-16-2011, 06:07 PM   #1
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Hi, like many of our Airstream forum friends, We have several vehicles that need to be licensed each year. [new stickers] I have only five at this time. Two of these vehicles are due for the month of July. I have not received my renewal notices yet; Usually they arrive about two months early. Time is running out and we were getting nervous because California's late penalties really hurt. [$$$$$$$] I decided to go to AAA Auto Club and see what, if anything, they could do. Going to Auto Club for renewal stickers is a lot less painful than waiting all day at the local DMV. I arrived at our local AAA Auto Club and was told that California doesn't know what they want to charge for new stickers, starting in July of 2011 and that they cannot collect any money for any stickers due in July or later in 2011. We are supposed to get our notices on the actual due date and get 30 days to pay them before getting flogged. Does this mean that our possible two month trip has to be canceled to prevent any late penalties, since we won't be home and will be driving one of the July vehicles?



This is what I got from AAA Auto Club today:

Changes to Registration Renewals Due July 1, 2011 and later For vehicle registration renewal fees due July 1, 2011 and later:

. State law requires DMV to implement changes in the billing and renewal process for registration fees due on or after July 1, 2011.

. Registration renewal notices will be mailed out close to or on the expiration date. (Previously notices were mailed 60-days ahead of the expiration date).

. Note: Fees are still due for registration notices due prior to July 1, 2011.

. No money will be collected until renewal notices are issued. (Previously renewal fees could be collected up to 75 days ahead of the expiration date and were required to be collected within 30 days of the expiration when part of another transaction such as a transfer of vehicle ownership)

. All customers will be given a 30-day grace period after they receive their registration notice.Penalties for delinquent payment will not be imposed until 30 days after the registration expiration date. (Previously penaties were due the day after the registration expiration date)

. Law enforcement is aware and will not cite vehicles until the first day of the second month after the vehicle registration expires. For example: A vehicle with a registration expiration date of July 10th would not be cited for delinquent registration prior to September 1, 2011.


Isn't this just wonderful?
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Old 06-16-2011, 07:03 PM   #2
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I have been told that Texas is no longer going to send out notices. I imagine we are supposed to guess now about when out expiration is up. I have not run into it yet on vehicles, but they did not send out drivers licenses notifications this last time when my wife's license was about to expire. It's becoming like Wal-mart around here. You go to the store, pick up your groceries, go to the self-checkout, scan them, bag the groceries pay electronically so as not to require an exchange of money, put 'em in the cart and deliver them to your car and load them in. Then they want you to bring your cart back to the corrals, that are few and far between? Next? Grow your own groceries, deliver them to wal mart and start the whole process over again? The DMV is missing the boat if they do not require you to issue yourself a ticket if you are late with your registration. :-)
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can you renew on the net?
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Old 06-16-2011, 08:05 PM   #4
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We renew our California stickers (6) on the net. There used to be a charge for that service, but that went away some years ago.

If having your mail forwarded is not an option, you might have someone collect your mail and notify you of the amount when the notice comes. After you renew using the internet, getting the sticker to you may be another fun task, however, I don't think I would be too worried about having the sticker right away, just paying for it on time. If you get stopped by the CHP, wich most likely won't happen, they will know the situation.

We have found that renewing over the internet is easy using a credit card, and the stickers seem to come much faster than renewing by mail.
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I know here in MI you can have someone go in and pay for and pick up the renewal tab (I was able to do this for my wife while we were dating)...would it be possible to have whoever is looking after your affairs at home do this and mail you the tab?
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We renew our California stickers (6) on the net. There used to be a charge for that service, but that went away some years ago.

If having your mail forwarded is not an option, you might have someone collect your mail and notify you of the amount when the notice comes. After you renew using the internet, getting the sticker to you may be another fun task, however, I don't think I would be too worried about having the sticker right away, just paying for it on time. If you get stopped by the CHP, wich most likely won't happen, they will know the situation.

We have found that renewing over the internet is easy using a credit card, and the stickers seem to come much faster than renewing by mail.
And no standing in long lines.
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I'm old enough to remember the first time Jerry Brown screwed up California (like father like son) and since he is waiting for the clowns in Sacramento to OK extending the taxes due to expire July first via a vote of the citizens, collecting certain taxes may be illegal. It's been all over the news, specifically about registration and licenses.
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This is what I got from AAA Auto Club today:

Changes to Registration Renewals Due July 1, 2011 and later For vehicle registration renewal fees due July 1, 2011 and later:

. State law requires DMV to implement changes in the billing and renewal process for registration fees due on or after July 1, 2011.

. Registration renewal notices will be mailed out close to or on the expiration date. (Previously notices were mailed 60-days ahead of the expiration date).

. Note: Fees are still due for registration notices due prior to July 1, 2011.

Isn't our Calif. Gov't wonderful? I just got my stickers in the mail as I have a 6/30/11 expiration date. I guess I just made the cutoff. We just paid $222 for our six year old trailer and are good for another year. I too pay by the web or in other cases go to AAA. I have more than a few friends who were turned away from our local DMVs this year after waiting hours to renew licenses due to computer problems.
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I have more than a few friends who were turned away from our local DMVs this year after waiting hours to renew licenses due to computer problems.
Another very good reason to renew on line. We have never had a problem when we renew on line.

If it goes right once, it will go right every time. It's either right or wrong. No DMV person who got up on the wrong side of bed to mess it up.
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Notices are being delayed because the fee decrease or increase is part of the state budget negotiations.
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Hi, so let me put another stick in the spokes; I go on my trip, bring all of my vehicle's information with me, and submit it on line. What if two out of the three vehicles that [59 Galaxie exempt] I'm trying to do require a smog test? I certainly can't get that done out of state. I guess the answer will be that the state budget will be taken care of with penalties and fees.
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Best you could do is pay online, provided you get the notices with the access code. Don't know if AAA offices in other states could help you with paying DMV fees in CA?
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Hi, so let me put another stick in the spokes; I go on my trip, bring all of my vehicle's information with me, and submit it on line. What if two out of the three vehicles that [59 Galaxie exempt] I'm trying to do require a smog test? I certainly can't get that done out of state. I guess the answer will be that the state budget will be taken care of with penalties and fees.
You can pay the registration fees before penalties set in. If you need a smog check it can be done later without incurring late fees. You just won't get your sticker until you get the smog check.
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What he said. We have our son's vehicles while he's on his Navy ship on the other side of the planet. We get his mail and pay his fees online. Sometimes I take his cars in for the smog check but the fee has been paid no matter what. When he's home on leave he takes care of smogging his Jeep...he's got it too high for me to cliumb into.
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