So, you need to find the title number on your California title. How do you go about doing so? In this article we will take a close look at the titles for California and their parts with a focus on where to find the title number. This article will also address the legal aspect of a state of California title as this is considered a legal document.
First a line by line description of a vehicle title for the state of California.
The very top of the page should say ?State of California?. The next line should say Certificate of title. Along the border to the left and right the document should say ?Void without bear watermark, hold to light to view?. Next your document should have to the top left a sequence of numbers and the type of title. For a car or truck, it will say automobile. To the top right should be a box that says Vehicle History at the top of it.
The next few lines are read from left to right. Starting with, the VIN number. The VIN number is the vehicle identification number and is unique to your vehicle. Next you will see YR model. This is for the year your vehicle was made. Following that is the Make, this is were the kind of vehicle is put. Plate number is next and is where the license plate number associated with the vehicle is written.
The next item to be found is the body type model. This is where you see a code describing the body of your vehicle. For example, a four-door car will say 4D in this area. Next, the transfer date is written to explain the date the title was transferred to the current owner. Following that is the fees paid section, and then the expiration date of the document.
The next field is the first year the vehicle was sold. This is especially important for older vehicle purchases. The following fields are as follows; YR for year, MO for model, Equipment/ trust number and the issue date of the title.
Should the title be for a motorcycle the motorcycle engine number would be filled out. For all vehicles, the odometer date and reading are filled out. This is the mileage on the vehicle at the time and the date the reading was taken.
The next section is the contact information for the registered owner. This is the name and address of the owner of the title. Following this are two lines identified as 1a and 1b. These are for the signatures and date of signing of the registered owner during a title transfer.
The next section is a written warning to follow the federal and state laws under threat of fines or imprisonment for falsifying records. This is to protect the buyer from fraudulent sales.