- The car
- The out-of-state title
- Smog certificate (showing the car passed)
- A completed Application for Title
- Money (cash, check, debit card, but NOT credit card)
Step 1. Have the technician at the DMV verify your vehicle. S/he will thoroughly check your vehicle for VINs, etc.
Step 2. Go inside and give the clerk the out-of-state title, smog certificate, and completed Application for Title.
Step 3. Pay registration fee and use fee (which is based on the purchase price and the sales tax rate in your city/town of residence).
Step 4. Walk away with registration and license plates with tags. The DMV will mail you your California title.