Expert Answers to Common DMV Questions

How do I get a replacement registration renewal?

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By: George Valverde ? Director, California Department of Motor Vehicles
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Do you have questions about general driving related requirements like registration and insurance? Are you unclear about laws and restrictions related to driving? The California Department of Motor Vehicles has answers. Save Time. Go Online at Q: I misplaced my Registration Renewal Notice for 2009, how can I get a replacement? A: Call the DMV?s toll-free number (800) 777-0133 and provide the telephone technician with the license plate number for your vehicle. The technician will be able to provide you with the total amount due and any other requirements necessary to complete your vehicle's registration renewal. Submit your payment along with a copy of your vehicle's current registration card to: DMV P.O. Box 932345 Sacramento, CA 94232-3450 For more information, please visit Save Time. Go Online! Q: How long will an ?at-fault? collision stay on my driving record? A: The amount of time a point stays on your record varies. However, as a general rule, an ?at-fault? collision typically stays on your record for three years. In addition to the crash being on your record, you will also accumulate points per collision or a citation that you receive. For more information on the point system and how long infractions remain on your record, visit Save Time. Go Online! Q: After losing my driver license I went to the DMV to replace it and about a month later my new license was stolen along with my wallet. However, I recently found my old license. Can I still use the old one? A: This is a question I hear a lot and unfortunately no, you cannot use your old license. When you obtained your new license the old one became invalid. The old license should be destroyed and disposed of properly. To receive a new valid license, go to Save Time. Go Online! The DMV is a department under the Business, Transportation and Housing Agency, which is under the direction of acting Undersecretary Traci Stevens. The DMV licenses drivers, maintains driving records, registers and tracks official ownership of vehicles and vessels, investigates auto and identity-related fraud, and licenses car dealers, driving schools, and traffic violator schools. For more information about the DMV, visit