August 17, 2019
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Vehicle verification (or VIN verification) is required on certain vehicles in order for them to be registered in California.  Some examples of vehicles needing to be verified include:

  • Non-resident vehicles
  • Any vehicles or trailer, excluding used motorcycles, for which there is no California record
  • Vehicles where the documentation reflects an incorrect VIN

There are some vehicles that the Licensed Verifier is prohibited from verifying (Note:  The rules just changed in late 2009):

  • Original applications for automobiles, motorcycles, and commercial vehicles with an unladen weight  of 8000 pounds or less whose Federal Certification Label (Safety Label) is missing, altered, or as noted in the Reg 343 does not match the documents.
  • Revived salvage or revived junk vehicles (Click here for more info)
  • Used motorcycles with unavailable records or with documents from a foreign country
  • Motorcycles with engine changes
  • Incomplete or unassembled vehicles
  • Verifier's own vehicle(s)


What will we need to see?


When we verify your vehicle, in addition to seeing the actual VIN on the vehicle, we will need to see whatever documentation you have on the vehicle such as title, registration, bill of sale, etc.  If the vehicle is 1970 or newer, we'll need to see the certification label (usually on the door frame or door).   We'll need to look for an EPA sticker, usually located in the engine compartment or on the hood if the vehicle's year is 1975 or newer.  

Please note:  DMV requires that your vehicle be complete when we do the verification.  If we arrive and the vehicle is not to the point where we can do the verification (it does not have to run), we need to charge you for the trip.  If you have questions, please ask when you call.  


Motorcycles have some special requirements.  As long as you have a title or old registration from one of the 50 states and the following labels, we can verify it, if the DMV hasn't already referred it to the CHP; 

  • Vin (usually stamped on the frame or on a label)
  • Federal safety label with 2nd vin on it or a 2nd vin someplace else
  • Engine number
  • Emissions label if it has under 7500 miles on the odometer



When you call me to ask about verification of your vehicle, I'll ask you some questions about your vehicle in order to ascertain if I can verify it or not.  I thank you for your patience on this.  I want the experience to be successful.


Call Geoff 949-329-VINS (8467)

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Often, you will need to have the CHP do the vehicle verification on your vehicle.  Below is a list of some of the CHP offices who do verifications.  Note that some CHP offices require a referral from the DMV before they will make an appointment for you.


CHP Inspection Appointment Scheduling

Inspections will not be conducted without an appointment. The addresses are for appointment scheduling and may not be the actual inspection site. Contact one of the offices listed in the following section to make an appointment.

CHP Inspection Appointment Numbers

Northern Division
2485 Sonoma Street
Redding, CA 96001-3026
Phone: (530) 225-2120

Valley Division
11336 Trade Center Drive
Rancho Cordova, CA 95742-6233
Phone: (916) 464-1480

Golden Gate Division
1551 Benicia Road
Vallejo, CA 94991-7568
Phone: (510) 622-4611

Central Division
5179 N. Gates Avenue
Fresno, CA 93722-6414
Phone: (559) 488-4053

Coastal Division
4115 Broad Street #B-10
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401-7963
Phone: (805) 549-3006

Inland Division
847 E. Brier Drive
San Bernardino, CA 92408-2820
Phone: (909) 383-4247
Phone: (909) 806-2437

Border Division
1722 East Main Street
El Cajon, CA 92021
Phone: (858) 492-1745

2335 Enrico Fermi Drive
San Diego, CA 92154
Phone: (858) 492-1745

Westminster CHP

13200 Golden West Street
Westminster, CA 92683
Phone: (714) 892-4426


Southern Division

 411 N. Central Avenue Ste. 410 
Glendale, CA 91203

Altadena Phone: (626) 296-8100

Monterey Park Phone: (323) 980-4600

Torrance Phone: (310) 516-3355

Valencia Phone: (661) 294-5540

Woodland Hills Phone: (818) 888-0980



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