REG 101 Form (Statement to Record Ownership – California DMV)

The DMV has prepared form REG 101 to assist owners and lessors in registering vehicles and vessels when the application/registration documents do not have sufficient room for all of the required information. In addition, errors are sometimes introduced when vehicles/vessels are registered. REG 101 is also used to correct these errors. Only the original person who made the error can file the REG 101 form.

REG 101 is a one-page document used to register vehicles/vessels and correct errors. It must clearly show the relationship between co-owners, lien holders, and lessees. The form is used to register leased vehicles/vessels and the lien holders for the leased vehicles/vessels. More details follow in this post:

What Is a REG 101?

The REG 101 form is used for two purposes. The first is to clarify the registered owner, the legal owner, and/or address for owned vehicles as well as leased vehicles. The form is also used to state errors and make corrections to the registration on file.

Accuracy is very important. The REG 101 form is used to prepare new certificates and registrations. Any errors must be corrected using the bottom section of the form to make corrections.

Co-owner names must be shown the same way on the title or application documents. They must indicate how the names are to be joined, i.e., using “and” or “or,” and if not shown, “and” will be assumed. The names will be shown with a (/) between them.

REG 101 form is also used for leased car registrations when the leased car application does not have space for the lessor and the lessee’s names and addresses.

Completing the REG 101 Form

Accuracy is extremely important. Check every entry two or three times and, if possible, have a 3rd party check all of the information before submitting the form. You will need the following information:

  • Vehicle license plate or vessel number
  • Vehicle/hull identification number e.g., VIN
  • Make of vehicle/vessel builder
  • True full names of the registered owner(s) and California Drivers license number
  • Indicate “and” or “or” for each registered owner
  • The complete address of the owner
  • The purchase date
  • The purchase price

If a loan was taken out to purchase the vehicle/vessel, you will need to show the lienholder’s information:

  • Name of the lienholder
  • Full address – including street name and number, city, state, and zip code
  • Indicate if this is a leased vehicle
  • Add the address of the lessee if it is different from the lien holder’s address

When to use REG 101 statement of error?

A REG 101 statement of error is completed when an error erasure, line out, or whiteout has been made on the title and must be corrected. The person who made the error must complete the form. You can not use a REG 101 form to make corrections to odometer errors.

The following information is required when completing a statement or error or erasure on the bottom half of the REG 101 form.

  • Vehicle license plate or vessel number
  • Vehicle/hull identification number e.g., VIN
  • Make of vehicle/vessel builder
  • Reason for error erasure
  • Signature of the person who made the error
  • Date
  • Full address
  • Telephone number

Do you need a REG 101 for a leased car?

Yes, you must complete a REG 101 form for a leased vehicle application. The application may not have space for the lessee’s and lessor’s addresses. The REG 101 form must accompany the application for the vehicle you are leasing.

You must show the lessee address if it is different addresses shown for the registered owner.

What does REG 101 statement to record ownership mean?

The REG 101 statement to record ownership is typically used to confirm or clarify the legal names or registered owners along with their addresses. Note: co-owner names must correspond to the title/application document exactly. It must also show how the names are joined, i.e., “and” or “or,” which signifies the relationship between the owners.

How can I correct the error on my registration?

A REG 101 form is used to correct an error made on an application for registration and must be completed by the person who originally made the error or erasure. Any errors made on the REG 101 form used to prepare new certificates causes voided certificates and corrections that must be made. Omitting legal owner information on the REG 101 form can be expensive. Always check all forms for accuracy and errors before submitting them to the DMV.

Key Points

The accuracy of registering vehicles and vessels with the DMV is extremely important. Inaccurate records can impact everything from vehicle loans to vehicle licenses, vehicle ownership transfers, and more. Registering owners make mistakes from time to time, and the REG 101 form is used to facilitate these corrections. Only the person who made the error can file the updated REG 101.|

REG 101 can be used for vehicles (owned or leased) and vessels (owned or leased). Lienholders must also be shown. All information must be 100% accurate.

In situations where there are multiple owners, the relationship of the owners must be shown. Tick the appropriate box on the form, “and” or “or”, to indicate the relationship of the owners for the vehicle in question.

Leased vehicle applications may not have sufficient space for the addresses of the lessee and the lessor. REG 101 must be completed with the appropriate information and accompany the completed application.

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