The CA DMV requires drivers to renew their car registration on an annual basis.
This is important for drivers who just moved into California and are not aware of this obligation. You’ll receive a renewal notice in advance of your car registration’s date of expiration.
California registration fees are due and payable upon receipt of the registration renewal billing notice, which is mailed out approximately 67 days before the expiration date. The expiration date is not a due date. It is the last day to renew without penalty.