Vehicle Registration Renewal Notice Lost or Not Received; Counties That Require a Smog Inspection for the Registration Renewal; Non-Operation Status for a Vehicle not Being Used; Paying Registration Fees Without Having the Smog Inspection; Penalties When Paying Annual Registration Fees Late; Providing Proof of Insurance to Register My Vehicle; The Biennial Smog Inspection; Vehicle Registration and Other Forms The CA DMV will send you a renewal notice well in advance of your registration's expiration date. The notice will include such information as: Looking for your registration's mailing status?

The vehicle record/ownership changed after the renewal notice was generated: This may include: address changes, transfers to a new owner, adding a Notice of Transfer and Release of Liability to the vehicle's record after the renewal was mailed. AAA can handle almost all vehicle registration renewals for members, possibly even those that are late by days, months, or even a few years. Bring your renewal notice or an old copy of the registration to a AAA branch, and you’ll receive your new registration and tags once the process is complete.