Form REG343 "Application for Title or Registration" - California

What Is Form REG 343?

Form REG 343, Application for Title or Registration, is a legal document that allows the owner of a motor vehicle to apply for a California vehicle title and registration. It is used for vehicles registered for the first time and nonresident vehicles brought into California. Additionally, it is completed to reregister vehicles after they have been salvaged, junked, or removed from the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) database.

The owner of the vehicle must submit the California Application for Title or Registration within twenty days of the date the vehicle is first operated in California along with the appropriate fees. Also, you need to present proof of vehicle ownership, insurance, out-of-state title, and registration if you are transferring your title to California, and a valid smog inspection certificate.

This form was released by the California DMV. The latest version of the form was issued in April 1, 2021, with all previous editions obsolete. You can download a fillable REG 343 (PDF) through the link below.

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How to Fill out REG 343 Form?

Form REG 343 instructions are as follows:

  1. Describe the vehicle - state its identification number, make, model, fuel type, license number, model or series, body type. Indicate the type of vehicle. If it is a motorcycle, write down its engine number, and state the length and width for trailer coaches. If you have a commercial vehicle, attach a declaration of its weight and a motor carrier permit if needed, and indicate its number of axles and unladen weight.
  2. Provide the owner information - full name, physical and mailing addresses, driver's license number. You may add more than one owner.
  3. Enter the lienholder's or title holder's details - full name, physical and mailing addresses, and electronic lienholder ID number.
  4. Record the current odometer reading or state the odometer discrepancy.
  5. Indicate several dates: when the vehicle enters California; when it is first operated there; when you went to work in the state obtained a California driver's license, or became a resident; and when the vehicle was acquired. Specify whether the vehicle was new or used and if it was purchased within California.
  6. Write down the total cost or value of the vehicle. State from whom you have purchased or acquired the vehicle. If the vehicle was a gift, prepare Form REG 256, Statement of Facts. It is possible to title and register a vehicle after you modify or alter it if you provide Form REG 5036, Statement of Construction.
  7. Enter the amount of sales tax paid and dispose of the out-of-state plates. If the vehicle was registered in another state as a commercial vehicle, check the appropriate box.
  8. Claim a nonresident military exemption, if you or your spouse are eligible.
  9. Certify the information in the form is true, print your name or name of the company you represent, sign, and date the document. Submit REG 343 Form with required supporting documents to your local DMV office.
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APPLICATION FOR TITLE OR REGISTRATION
A Public Service Agency
For accuracy, please print legibly. complete both sides.
SECTION 1 — VEHICLE INFORMATION
VEHICLE IDENTIFICATION NUMBER
VEHICLE MAKE
YEAR MODEL
FUEL TYPE
CALIFORNIA LICENSE NUMBER
MODEL OR SERIES
BODY TYPE MODEL
MOTORCYCLE ENGINE NUMBER
TYPE OF VEHICLE (CHECK ONE BOX)
FOR TRAILER COACHES ONLY
Coach
Auto
Commercial
Motorcycle
Off Highway
Trailer
LENGTH
IN.
WIDTH
IN.
(includes truck or pickup)
Will this vehicle be used for the transportation of persons for hire, compensation, or profit (e.g. limousine, taxi, bus, etc.)? ....
Yes
No
Is this a commercial vehicle that operates at 10,001 lbs. or more (or is a pickup exceeding 8,001 lbs. unladen and/or
11,499 lbs. Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR)? ...................................................................................................................
Yes
No
If yes, a Declaration of Gross Vehicle Weight/Combined Gross Vehicle Weight (REG 4008) form must be completed.
IMPORTANT:
If yes, a Motor Carrier Permit may be required. Refer to www. dmv.ca.gov for more information.
FOR COMMERCIAL VEHICLES ONLY
Actual
Number of axles:
Unladen weight:
Estimated (Vehicles over 10,001 lbs. only)
SECTION 2 — OWNER INFORMATION each owner must sign on reverse side.
Once registered, upon transfer of ownership, co-owners joined by “AND” require the signature of each owner; co-owners joined by “OR” require
the signature of only one owner.
TRUE FULL NAME OF OWNER (LAST, FIRST MIDDLE, SUFFIX), BUSINESS NAME, OR LESSOR
DRIVER LICENSE/ID CARD NUMBER
STATE
TRUE FULL NAME OF CO-OWNER OR LESSEE (LAST, FIRST, MIDDLE, SUFFIX)
DRIVER LICENSE/ID CARD NUMBER
STATE
AND
OR
TRUE FULL NAME OF CO-OWNER OR LESSEE (LAST, FIRST, MIDDLE, SUFFIX)
DRIVER LICENSE/ID CARD NUMBER
STATE
AND
OR
PHYSICAL RESIDENCE OR BUSINESS ADDRESS (INCLUDE ST., AVE., CT., ETC.)
APT./SPACE/STE. NO. CITY
STATE
ZIP CODE
COUNTY OF RESIDENCE OR COUNTY WHERE VEHICLE/VESSEL IS PRINCIPALLY GARAGED
EQUIPMENT NUMBER (OPTIONAL)
MAILING ADDRESS (IF DIFFERENT FROM PHYSICAL ADDRESS ABOVE)
APT./SPACE/STE. NO. CITY
STATE
ZIP CODE
LESSEE ADDRESS (IF DIFFERENT FROM ABOVE)
APT./SPACE/STE. NO. CITY
STATE
ZIP CODE
TRAILER COACH ONLY - ADDRESS WHERE LOCATED (IF DIFFERENT FROM PHYSICAL ABOVE)
CITY
STATE
ZIP CODE
SECTION 3 — LEGAL OWNER (LIEN HOLDER/TITLE HOLDER) if none, must write “none” .
Attention ELT Legal Owners: The ELT name and address and ELT number MUST be entered exactly as shown on the ELT listing.
TRUE FULL NAME OF BANK/FINANCE COMPANY OR INDIVIDUAL (DO NOT RE-ENTER NAME OF NEW REGISTERED OWNER(S) ABOVE)
ELECTRONIC LIENHOLDER ID NO.
ELT
PHYSICAL RESIDENCE OR BUSINESS ADDRESS (INCLUDE ST., AVE., CT., ETC.)
APT./SPACE/STE. NO. CITY
STATE
ZIP CODE
MAILING ADDRESS (IF DIFFERENT FROM PHYSICAL ADDRESS ABOVE)
APT./SPACE/STE. NO. CITY
STATE
ZIP CODE
SECTION 4 — ODOMETER INFORMATION
The odometer
(no tenths)
If kilometers
upon date of purchase in California was
10
reading:
miles,
check this box:
,
as of this date is (if no change in ownership)
ths
and to the best of my knowledge reflects the ACTUAL mileage unless one of the following statements is checked.
WARNING — ODOMETER DISCREPANCY
Odometer reading is NOT the actual mileage
Mileage EXCEEDS the odometer mechanical limits
Explain odometer discrepancy:
.
REG 343 (REV. 4/2021) WWW
APPLICATION FOR TITLE OR REGISTRATION
A Public Service Agency
For accuracy, please print legibly. complete both sides.
SECTION 1 — VEHICLE INFORMATION
VEHICLE IDENTIFICATION NUMBER
VEHICLE MAKE
YEAR MODEL
FUEL TYPE
CALIFORNIA LICENSE NUMBER
MODEL OR SERIES
BODY TYPE MODEL
MOTORCYCLE ENGINE NUMBER
TYPE OF VEHICLE (CHECK ONE BOX)
FOR TRAILER COACHES ONLY
Coach
Auto
Commercial
Motorcycle
Off Highway
Trailer
LENGTH
IN.
WIDTH
IN.
(includes truck or pickup)
Will this vehicle be used for the transportation of persons for hire, compensation, or profit (e.g. limousine, taxi, bus, etc.)? ....
Yes
No
Is this a commercial vehicle that operates at 10,001 lbs. or more (or is a pickup exceeding 8,001 lbs. unladen and/or
11,499 lbs. Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR)? ...................................................................................................................
Yes
No
If yes, a Declaration of Gross Vehicle Weight/Combined Gross Vehicle Weight (REG 4008) form must be completed.
IMPORTANT:
If yes, a Motor Carrier Permit may be required. Refer to www. dmv.ca.gov for more information.
FOR COMMERCIAL VEHICLES ONLY
Actual
Number of axles:
Unladen weight:
Estimated (Vehicles over 10,001 lbs. only)
SECTION 2 — OWNER INFORMATION each owner must sign on reverse side.
Once registered, upon transfer of ownership, co-owners joined by “AND” require the signature of each owner; co-owners joined by “OR” require
the signature of only one owner.
TRUE FULL NAME OF OWNER (LAST, FIRST MIDDLE, SUFFIX), BUSINESS NAME, OR LESSOR
DRIVER LICENSE/ID CARD NUMBER
STATE
TRUE FULL NAME OF CO-OWNER OR LESSEE (LAST, FIRST, MIDDLE, SUFFIX)
DRIVER LICENSE/ID CARD NUMBER
STATE
AND
OR
TRUE FULL NAME OF CO-OWNER OR LESSEE (LAST, FIRST, MIDDLE, SUFFIX)
DRIVER LICENSE/ID CARD NUMBER
STATE
AND
OR
PHYSICAL RESIDENCE OR BUSINESS ADDRESS (INCLUDE ST., AVE., CT., ETC.)
APT./SPACE/STE. NO. CITY
STATE
ZIP CODE
COUNTY OF RESIDENCE OR COUNTY WHERE VEHICLE/VESSEL IS PRINCIPALLY GARAGED
EQUIPMENT NUMBER (OPTIONAL)
MAILING ADDRESS (IF DIFFERENT FROM PHYSICAL ADDRESS ABOVE)
APT./SPACE/STE. NO. CITY
STATE
ZIP CODE
LESSEE ADDRESS (IF DIFFERENT FROM ABOVE)
APT./SPACE/STE. NO. CITY
STATE
ZIP CODE
TRAILER COACH ONLY - ADDRESS WHERE LOCATED (IF DIFFERENT FROM PHYSICAL ABOVE)
CITY
STATE
ZIP CODE
SECTION 3 — LEGAL OWNER (LIEN HOLDER/TITLE HOLDER) if none, must write “none” .
Attention ELT Legal Owners: The ELT name and address and ELT number MUST be entered exactly as shown on the ELT listing.
TRUE FULL NAME OF BANK/FINANCE COMPANY OR INDIVIDUAL (DO NOT RE-ENTER NAME OF NEW REGISTERED OWNER(S) ABOVE)
ELECTRONIC LIENHOLDER ID NO.
ELT
PHYSICAL RESIDENCE OR BUSINESS ADDRESS (INCLUDE ST., AVE., CT., ETC.)
APT./SPACE/STE. NO. CITY
STATE
ZIP CODE
MAILING ADDRESS (IF DIFFERENT FROM PHYSICAL ADDRESS ABOVE)
APT./SPACE/STE. NO. CITY
STATE
ZIP CODE
SECTION 4 — ODOMETER INFORMATION
The odometer
(no tenths)
If kilometers
upon date of purchase in California was
10
reading:
miles,
check this box:
,
as of this date is (if no change in ownership)
ths
and to the best of my knowledge reflects the ACTUAL mileage unless one of the following statements is checked.
WARNING — ODOMETER DISCREPANCY
Odometer reading is NOT the actual mileage
Mileage EXCEEDS the odometer mechanical limits
Explain odometer discrepancy:
.
REG 343 (REV. 4/2021) WWW
MUST COMPLETE VEHICLE INFORMATION BELOW:
VEHICLE IDENTIFICATION NUMBER
VEHICLE MAKE
YEAR MODEL
SECTION 5 — DATE INFORMATION
If vehicle was previously registered in CA, then registered or located
DATE VEHICLE ENTERED OR WILL ENTER CALIFORNIA (CA):
out-of-state and has now returned to CA, enter most recent date vehicle
Month
Day
Year
entered CA. If you did not own vehicle at time of entry, check this box:
Or enter date vehicle will be operated, if it has not been operated
DATE VEHICLE FIRST OPERATED IN CALIFORNIA:
Month
Day
Year
yet.
Enter the date whichever occurred first. If you have been a resident
DATE YOU WENT TO WORK IN CALIFORNIA, OBTAINED A CA DRIVER LICENSE, OR BECAME A RESIDENT:
since birth, enter date of birth. If you are not a CA resident, check
this box:
Month
Day
Year
DATE VEHICLE WAS PURCHASED OR ACQUIRED:
AND WAS (CHECK BOX):
AND WAS PURCHASED (CHECK BOX):
Month
Day
Year
New
Used
Inside CA
Outside CA
SECTION 6 — COST INFORMATION
NOTE: The total cost or value of the vehicle must include the cost of the basic vehicle, value of any trade-in, and all accessories and leased
equipment permanently attached. Cost does not include sales tax, insurance, finance charges, or warranty.
MUST CHECK ONE BOX ONLY, AND ENTER REQUIRED INFORMATION FOR THAT ONE BOX:
VEHICLE WAS PURCHASED OR ACQUIRED FROM:
PURCHASE – I purchased the vehicle for the price of $
Dealer
Private Party
Dismantler
.
GIFT – I acquired the vehicle as a gift. Its current market value is $
Immediate Family Member – State
.
Relationship:
A Statement of Facts (REG 256) form must be completed.
TRADE – I acquired the vehicle as a trade. Its value when I acquired it was $
.
FOR ALL VEHICLES:
Since purchasing or acquiring this vehicle, were any body type modifications, additions and/or alterations (e.g., changing from pickup to utility,
etc.) made to this vehicle? If yes, a Statement of Construction (REG 5036) form must be completed. ......................................
Yes
No
FOR REVIVED JUNK OR REVIVED SALVAGE VEHICLES:
The cost of the vehicle must include the labor cost, whether or not the labor was provided or done by you. The total cost of the vehicle including
labor is $
.
SECTION 7 — FOR OUT-OF-STATE OR OUT-OF-COUNTRY VEHICLES
For vehicles which enter the state within 1 year of purchase, was Sales Tax paid to another state? ...........................
N/A
Yes
No
If yes, enter amount of tax paid $
(this amount will be credited toward any Use Tax in CA). If your vehicle was last
registered in another state, you may be eligible for a Use Tax exemption. For more information, contact the CA Department of Tax and Fee
Administration (www.cdtfa.ca.gov).
For commercial vehicles (including pickups), this vehicle was last registered as a:
Commercial Vehicle
Non-commercial Automobile in
the last state of registration.
DISPOSITION OF OUT-OF-STATE PLATES:
The plates will not be affixed to any vehicle at any time, unless the vehicle is “Dual Registered” in both states. The plates are:
Expired, or will be or were:
Surrendered to CA DMV
Destroyed
Retained
Returned to the motor vehicle department of the state of issuance.
SECTION 8 — MILITARY SERVICE INFORMATION
Are you or your spouse on active duty as a member of the U.S. Uniformed Services? ...............................................................
Yes
No
If yes, you may qualify for an exemption. Refer to Nonresident Military (NRM) Vehicle License Fee Exemption (REG 5045) form.
When this vehicle was last licensed, were you or your spouse on active duty as a member of the U.S. Uniformed Services? ..
Yes
No
If yes, in what state or country were you or your spouse stationed?
SECTION 9 — CERTIFICATIONS Signatures required.
The signature for a company or business MUST include the printed name of the company/business and an authorized representative’s
countersignature on the signature line (e.g., ABC CO. by JOHN SMITH or JOHN SMITH for ABC CO.).
The registered owner mailing address is valid, existing, and an accurate mailing address. I consent to receive service of process at this mailing
address pursuant to CVC §1808.21.
I certify (or declare) under penalty of perjury under the laws of the State of California that the foregoing is true and correct.
PRINTED NAME
OWNER’S SIGNATURE
DATE
DAYTIME TELEPHONE NUMBER
X
(
)
PRINTED NAME
CO-OWNER’S SIGNATURE
DATE
DAYTIME TELEPHONE NUMBER
X
(
)
PRINTED NAME
CO-OWNER’S SIGNATURE
DATE
DAYTIME TELEPHONE NUMBER
X
(
)
REG 343 (REV. 4/2021) WWW
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