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How To Complete DMV Registrations For Customers As A Used Car Dealer

As a dealership operator, you understand the importance of properly registering vehicles with the state DMV. For used vehicle sales in California, the state DMV gives dealerships up to 30 days to complete the registration process. Failure to complete vehicle registration within the allotted time can lead to fines and even a suspension of the dealership license. At Redline Registration Services, we can simplify the process online and through our Northern California brand offices. We also offer special pricing for used car dealerships. 

How To Complete The Vehicle Registration Process In Four Simple Steps 

Because it is so important to register used vehicles on time, it is important to know all the steps involved. If you are just beginning your used vehicle dealership, you should have a system in place to ensure that all vehicle sales are registered before the 30 days. Here is a look at the four-step process that you should follow. 

1) Sign up with Quicktags to generate a dealer report of sale

The first thing that you need to do is generate temporary or dealer tags for the customers. The fastest way to accomplish this is to log into Quicktags. This is an online service from Fairfax Software that allows you to streamline the temporary tag prices. With Quicktags, you will be able to temporarily register the vehicle in seconds. From there, you will be able to generate dealers or temporary tags for the customer. 

How do you register with Quicktags?

dealer report of sale

You will have to go to the Fairfax Software main page and sign up for the service. To complete the registration process, you will need to provide the following information to Quicktags via their address: cadmv-quicktags@ffximg.com 

  • Dealership Name
  • Dealership License Number
  • Owner Name
  • Owner Email Address
  • Best Phone number to reach Owner

After sending the information to Quicktags, you will receive a confirmation email that will complete the registration process. 

After receiving confirmation, you will be able to print out a Report of Sale (ROS) from your dealership computer and printer. 

How do you use Quicktags? 

Using Quicktags is easy. Simply use this link if your dealership is located in the state of California. From there, you can log into your account and temporarily register the vehicle with the customer. 

How secure is the Quicktag system?

To use the Quicktags online system, you will have the change the password every 90 days. Also, each paper tag has its watermark and barcode. 

2). Once The Dealer Sells The Car, Collect Sales Tax, and Dmv Vehicle Registration. 

You can use this calculator to calculate the sales tax and DMW vehicle registration fees in the state of California. Since the dealership is responsible for paying the sales tax and the registration for the vehicle, it is important to know the exact cost. It is highly recommended that you use the calculator before completing the sale so you can collect the correct amount in sales tax and registration fees. 

3). Ensure The Customer And Dealer Sign Appropriate Sections Of The ROS And Title And Other Related Documents 

Since the dealership is responsible for handling all the paperwork at the time of the sale, you must make sure that the customer signs the appreciate sections of the ROS, title, and other related documents. Additionally, you need to make sure the dealership signs the appropriate sections as well. 

Information that you need to complete ROS (Report of Sale)

To complete the ROS for the California DMV, you need to have the following information ready to complete: 

  • Date sold
  • Make 
  • Year model
  • Body type
  • Motive power
  • Number of axles 
  • Unladen (empty) weight
  • Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)
  • M/C engine number
  • The last state registered
  • Year Registered
  • License plate number
  • County of residence 
  • Sold to
  • Drivers license number
  • Buyer’s address
  • Dealer name and address
  • Dealer and salesperson number
  • Signature of purchaser
  • Odometer reading 

4). Complete The Registration With Your Local DMV Business Center Or A Licensed Business 

Once you have completed the sale and the temporary registration process, you should have the paperwork and payment ready to complete the registration with the DMV. However, this process can take valuable time out of your day. Let’s just say that dealing with the DMV is not easy for drivers or dealers!

However, there is a simple solution.

A licensed registration service such as Redline Registration can simplify and automate the process for you. Redline Registration offers quick registration services for both drivers and dealerships. Redline offers a custom service that is designed to work with dealerships large and small. Here are seven reasons that you should rely on Redline Registrations today:

1). Staff trained with dealerships in mind

You want to make sure that you are working with a team that understands your needs. Our entire staff is trained to work with used dealerships in the state of California. That means that we understand how to properly and efficiently handle your dealership’s registration needs. We can work with dealerships large and small. 

2). Discounted prices

Since we work with a large number of used dealerships, we can offer some of the most competitive prices in the state of California. We understand that you need to keep your prices in line. Therefore, you can rely on the fact that our service will work within your budget. 

3). Hassle-free service

You don’t want you or your staff wasting time at the DMV. With Redline Registration, you simply log in to our platform and we will take care of the rest. That leaves you time to focus on more high-value tasks for your dealership. 

4). Top rated

As one of the largest dealership registration services in the state of California, we have earned praise from all types of dealerships. We are proud of the fact that we are the “go-to” team for more and more dealerships in the state of California. 

5). We’ll handle the paperwork

We know that dealerships have to manage a mountain of paperwork during day-to-day operations. With our team of registration specialists, we can help deal with your operation’s paperwork and lower your team’s overall workload. 

6). Instant registration 

Because we work quickly, we will be able to issue California plates, tags, and registration instantly. 

7). Two convenient bay area locations

We are more than an online service, we also have two physical locations in the bay area that are open six days a week. You or a member of your team can visit us at our Oakland or Hayward location and we will be happy to assist you with whatever you need. 

The Simple Way to Complete Vehicle Registrations 

Rely on Redline Registration Services to streamline the used vehicle registration process for your dealership. We are proud to serve several dealerships in the state of California. Our online platform makes it easy to complete your used vehicle registrations so you can focus your time on growing your dealership operations. Contact us today to learn more about our vehicle registration services. 

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