A Guide to the Voluntary and State-Ordered Suspension of Your Vehicle Registration in California

If the state of California has recently informed you that the registration of your vehicle has been suspended, it is important to know how you can go about clearing the issue up. While you may be able to address the issue by making a payment online, there are also instances when this can be a more time-consuming or expensive problem to fix. Therefore, it is a good idea for every responsible owner of a vehicle in the state of California to know the following information when you need to restore the legality of driving or parking your car on public roads.

You Must Inform the State As Soon As You Can If You Won't Be Driving The Car in Order to Avoid Its Involuntary and Expensive Suspension

Although there are many valid reasons for not driving your car for a significant period of time and therefore dropping or suspending the insurance you would otherwise need to pay, you will find that informing the state of your plan for doing so makes everything easier when you need to drive it again. Whether you will be out of the state for a while and are planning to leave the second or extra car at home  or the vehicle in question has incurred some damage that you cannot afford right away, you will need to submit an Affidavit of Non-use to the state to inform them of the change.

Restoring Your Use of the Car

Fortunately, you can submit that affidavit online in most cases within a few minutes. When you are ready to use the vehicle back on public ground once again, you can restore its status online as well. It is important to note that if you fail to submit the appropriate affidavit prior to garaging the car for a while, California could suspend the registration, even if it is otherwise paid in full until the expected date. Submitting the Affidavit on Non-use is one of the only options you have for not maintaining the minimum amount of insurance on your vehicle.

In addition, if you are found to be driving that vehicle when its registration has been suspended or after you submitted the Affidavit of Non-use, you can usually expect to get a hefty fine from the state for making that mistake.

In conclusion, suspended registration is the cause of many additional fees and a lot of frustration for drivers in the state of California each year. As a result, it only makes sense that you should be aware of the details listed above in order to make responsible choices about your vehicle and its registration in a timely manner.