California DMV Vehicle Transfer | Vehicle Donations

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California

Notice of Transfer of Vehicle is REQUIRED within 5 calendar days from the vehicle pick-up date.

Notice of Vehicle Transfer


There are 3 ways in California to notify the OMV that you have donated your car: online, by mail or in person. You can find more information and forms for each notification method below:


1. TO COMPLETE THE NOTICE OF TRANSFER OF LIABILITY FORM ONLINE:

PREFERRED METHOD* If possible, we highly recommend completing forms online instead of by mail, so you may easily save and print out a copy for your records that includes a date/timestamp. Also, when completed online, a receipt can be printed ensuring it's been received.

Click the button to go to dmv.ca.gov and follow the instructions on the first page

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2. TO COMPLETE THE NOTICE OF VEHICLE TRANSFER FORM IN PERSON:

  • Please print and complete the Notice of Transfer & Release of Liability (REG 183) Form.
  • Submit to your local field office. Click HERE to locate your local field office.

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3. TO COMPLETE NOTICE OF VEHICLE TRANSFER FORM BY MAIL:

  • Please print and complete the Notice of Transfer & Release of Liability
  • Mail the completed Notice of Transfer & Release of Liability Form (REG 138) to:

Department of Motor Vehicles
Notice of Transfer and Release of Liability
Motor Vehicle Division Unit
P.O. Box 942859
Sacramento, CA 94259-0001

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LICENSE PLATES


License plates must stay with the vehicle (unless a vanity/personal plate).

PLEASE BE ADVISED:


The purchaser of your donated vehicle is NOT the charity. It will either be the vendor or Charitable Adult Rides & Services.
For more information on vehicle transfers, please contact your local Motor Vehicle Division:

Department of Motor Vehicles
Notice of Transfer and Release of Liability
Division of Headquarters Operations
PO Box 942859
Sacramento, CA 94269-0001

Phone: 800.777.0133 or 916.229.0370
Fax: 916-657-8743
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