What is a VIN Verification?
A VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) Verification in California is required to verify a number of items on the vehicle to assure the vehicle conforms to Federal safety requirements and smog emission standards.
Items inspected on a VIN Verification
What transactions need a VIN Verification?
After a certain period of time, vehicle registration records will no longer be on record with the DMV database. A a result, the vehicle will need to be verified and will have to be reentered into the DMV database. This type of transaction is known as a miscellaneous transaction.
There are times when a VIN was entered incorrectly on a California title known as a clerical error.
Who is authorized to complete a VIN Verification?
There are three qualified entities that can conduct a VIN Verification.
A Licensed VIN Verifier – A VIN Verifier is licensed by the California DMV. The verifier is also bonded. A licensed verifier can verify a number of transactions.
A licensed verifier can verify the following transactions:
The advantages of a licensed verifier are many. The verifier can be mobile and respond to your residence and or business. This situation can be ideal if you have an unregistered vehicle. The verifiers hours may be convenient allowing verifications to be done at time that most convenient to you.
Police Officers -Keep in mind not all police departments do VIN Verifications. Some police departments require their officers be trained in VIN Verifications before they allow them to perform a verification. In fact, some police departments charge their citizens for the verification. I would recommend calling them first to see what their requirements are.
California DMV – The DMV does conduct most verifications – However, there are verifications that DMV will refer to the California Highway Patrol. The problem with the DMV is that you may be required to wait and if you have a vehicle that is not registered, you may have to trailer it to the DMV office.
California Highway Patrol – The California Highway Patrol (CHP) is the authority on verifications. CHP performs verifications for salvaged, junked, Special Construction Vehicles. You must make an appointment with them and or be referred to them by DMV.
Understanding what a VIN Verification is and what is required is essential to completing your DMV transactions without error or delay.