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No back penalties for old cars in California

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Rollin, see my post above about the DMV Public Inquiries Unit in Sacto, 916-657-6560.  Once they answer your question, THEN ask them for a chapter/paragraph reference in the Field Offices' Operations Manual which will make it go MUCH faster at the window.

 

 

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Yeah i knew hof the law years ago with a 53 chev i owned .so yesterday i go to dmv to register my 1973 dodge van that was last registered in 2018 and was told there is no such thing . when i iasked how much was it going to be i was told $425 well how much are the penaltys at first she didnt know and that she didnt have a calculater .then said $168 the yearly registration fee are $68 on my old 2011 registration papers it shows $68 then the late fees max out at $192. So does my 73 dodge cualify as a classic .and my registration doesnt even show the different fee that add up to the fees amount?

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I told the clerk that the vehicle was a classic she said so what is that about .i told her that the late fees were exempt if the vihicle is a classic .she said there ois no such law.

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What DMV office did you go to and is your vehicle insured as a collector car?  A 73 Van can certainly qualify but we want to be certain we are in line with the spirit of the statute. What do you intend to use the van for?

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Actually its a motor home conversion that i cusomized for show into one of the first mobile tattoo shops on wheels.after finishing it a few years ago its just been parked and ive got myself into a bind and i must sell my cars .and no i dont have any special classic car insurance on it.but i didnt have any special insurance on my 69 mustang and they waved the penaltys being a clssic on it years ago.

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I just went through this today. The clerk insisted I had to pay 3 years of back registration and penalties. I showed him this paper and then he said "No, it has to be a historical vehicle and have historical plates." He wasn't budging. 

 

I then asked to talk to the manager and we went over the first sentence: "Planned nonoperation (PNO) requirements DO NOT apply to historical interest AND special interest vehicles. I told him I wasn't claiming it as a historical  vehicle (though it could be). I was claiming it was a "Special Interest" vehicle. It only has to be one, not both. And so we finally agreed and he typed in the proper keystrokes on the computer to wipe out the back fees.

 

Anyway, this document is no longer on the DMV website and so I am attaching it here. It looks a lot more official than trying to copy and paste internet text. Good luck!

 

 

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On 1/7/2015 at 2:40 PM, JFranklin said:

What did you expect? Look at his name!

I am laughing SO hard right now that I woke up my baby. She’s looking (sleepily) at me like I’m crazy . . . Ahahaha

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Does this apply to cars bought through lien sales? Yesterday i tried to register my 65 fairlane and they tried to charge me $501 in penalties. I tried the links you posted but they don't work anymore. 

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