(a) The department may suspend, cancel, or revoke the registration of a vehicle or a certificate of ownership, registration card, license plate, or permit under any of the following circumstances:

(1) When the department is satisfied that the registration or the certificate, card, plate, or permit was fraudulently obtained or erroneously issued.

Terms Used In California Vehicle Code 8800

  • Department: means the Department of Motor Vehicles except, when used in Chapter 2 (commencing with Section 2100) of Division 2 and in Divisions 11 (commencing with Section 21000), 12 (commencing with Section 24000), 13 (commencing with Section 29000), 14 (commencing with Section 31600), 14. See California Vehicle Code 290
  • legal owner: is a person holding a security interest in a vehicle which is subject to the provisions of the Uniform Commercial Code, or the lessor of a vehicle to the State or to any county, city, district, or political subdivision of the State, or to the United States, under a lease, lease-sale, or rental-purchase agreement which grants possession of the vehicle to the lessee for a period of 30 consecutive days or more. See California Vehicle Code 370
  • owner: is a person having all the incidents of ownership, including the legal title of a vehicle whether or not such person lends, rents, or creates a security interest in the vehicle. See California Vehicle Code 460
  • Person: includes a natural person, firm, copartnership, association, limited liability company, or corporation. See California Vehicle Code 470
  • vehicle: is a device by which any person or property may be propelled, moved, or drawn upon a highway, excepting a device moved exclusively by human power or used exclusively upon stationary rails or tracks. See California Vehicle Code 670

(2) When the department determines that a registered vehicle is mechanically unfit or unsafe to be operated or moved upon the highways.

(3) When a registered vehicle has been dismantled or wrecked.

(4) When the department determines that the required fee has not been paid and the same is not paid upon reasonable notice and demand.

(5) When a registration card, license plate, or permit is knowingly displayed upon a vehicle other than the one for which issued.

(6) When the registration could have been refused when last issued or renewed.

(7) When the department determines that the owner or legal owner has committed an offense under Sections 20 (with respect to an application for the registration of a vehicle), 4000, 4159 to 4163, inclusive, 4454, 4456, 4461, 4463, 5202, 10750, and 10751, involving the registration or the certificate, card, plate, or permit to be suspended, canceled, or revoked.

(8) When the department is so authorized pursuant to any other provision of law.

(b) The department may suspend the registration of all vehicles registered in the name of a person, under any of the following circumstances:

(1) When the United States Secretary of the Department of Transportation or his or her designee issues a lawful out-of-service order pursuant to Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations.

(2) When the department suspends or revokes a motor carrier of property permit.

(3) When the Public Utilities Commission suspends or revokes operating authority or private registration.

(c) A suspension imposed pursuant to subdivision (b) shall remain in effect and a vehicle for which registration has been suspended shall not be registered in the name of the person until the department verifies that person’s federal registration, federal operating authority, California operating authority, California private registration, or motor carrier of property permit is reissued.

(Amended by Stats. 2006, Ch. 288, Sec. 3. Effective January 1, 2007.)