what happens if a nonregistered owner of the car gets in an accident and the vehicle registration is expired?

UPDATED: Oct 26, 2017

Advertiser Disclosure

It’s all about you. We want to help you make the right coverage choices.

Advertiser Disclosure: We strive to help you make confident insurance decisions. Comparison shopping should be easy. We are not affiliated with any one insurance company and cannot guarantee quotes from any single insurance company.

Our insurance industry partnerships don’t influence our content. Our opinions are our own. To compare quotes from many different insurance companies please enter your ZIP code above to use the free quote tool. The more quotes you compare, the more chances to save.

UPDATED: Oct 26, 2017Fact Checked

Free Insurance Comparison

Compare Quotes From Top Companies and Save

secured lock Secured with SHA-256 Encryption

Asked October 26, 2017

1 Answer


When a driving a vehicle or allowing another driver or a non-registered owner to drive a vehicle without valid registration in California, as the registered owner of the car you are committing a traffic violation and are subject to fines and penalties. A non-registered owner is not subject to the fines or penalties in the same way as the registered owner of the vehicle and will not receive a ticket for expired registration if the vehicle is cited. Even if you are the non-registered owner and have an accident in a vehicle with an expired registration you will not receive a ticket for the expired registration however the registered owner of the vehicle will. The ticket the registered owner receives will not incur moving violation points and a small fee can be paid to dismiss the ticket once the registration is made valid. The registered owner listed on the registration card is not proof of ownership for yet, it shows who is primarily using the vehicle and who is financially responsible for it. More than one person can be listed as the registered owner and each will be responsible equally for the validity of the vehicle registration.

Answered October 27, 2017 by teddyx

Related Links

Free Insurance Comparison

Compare quotes from the top insurance companies and save!

secured lock Secured with SHA-256 Encryption