What is a ‘my mechanic’? A guide to what to expect at the DMV
A California DMV driver who wants to get his or her car registered may have to show proof of ownership.
A state DMV official told NBC News that the rules are set by law, and they will be enforced regardless of who the vehicle owner is.
It is not clear what the requirements are for showing a vehicle is yours.
A “probable cause” to register a vehicle in California will need to be proven to the DMV, but in a rare twist, the vehicle will have to have been stolen or destroyed, the official said.
If the DMV is unsure, it will look at other possibilities.
The DMV’s website does not offer an online registration form, and there are no ways for owners to request that they be issued one.
“They can be a thief or a car thief,” said one DMV employee, who requested anonymity to speak about the state’s new rules.
“It’s up to the person who is responsible for the vehicle to make sure it’s actually theirs.”