The Smog Stop
6414 University Ave, San Diego, Ca 92115
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CHP Salvage Vehicle Inspection – VIN Verification

CHP Salvage Vehicle Inspection
CHP Referral From CA DMV

Reviving a total loss vehicle requires obtaining a VIN Verification from the Department of Motor Vehicles. If the vehicle does not pass the Department of Motor Vehicles VIN Inspection, the DMV will refer your vehicle to the California Highway Patrol for inspection. This complicates the process of trying to clear your salvage vehicle with the California DMV, as appointment times are usually more than a month away. You might ask yourself, how can I prevent getting a CHP Referral from the California DMV. This is where the Smog Stop comes in. We perform all the required inspections for you. If we feel the vehicle will not pass the VIN Verification with the DMV, wel will advise you on how to fix the problems before they refer you to the California Highway Patrol. If you have already been referred to the California Highway Patrol, you must complete the inspection with the CHP. There is n no reversing course on a CHP referral.

Reasons for CHP Referral from DMV

There are only a few reasons that your vehicle was referred to the CHP for inspection from the DMV. Below is the list of reasons why your salvage vehicle was referred to the California Highway Patrol.

  1. Your vehicle was in a accident and the drivers door was changed. This is only the case if the United State Motor Vehicle Safety Standards Label was affixed to the door. On most vehicles the label is affixed to the door and since the label is now gone, your vehicle requires a CHP Salvage Vehicle Inspection.
  2. Your vehicle airbags were deployed and not repaired properly. It is imperative that you fix the airbags prior to performing the VIN Verification at the DMV.
  3. The vehicles VIN tag is missing, altered, or mutilated.
  4. The VIN on the vehicle does not match the VIN on the supporting documents
  5. Random enforcement. The DMV has a random inspection enforcement program that automatically refers you to the California Highway Patrol.

Random Enforcement by California Highway Patrol

If you noticed number 5 above regarding reasons for a CHP referral is states random enforcement. Understanding the random enforcement  process can help you get your salvage vehicle back on the road. Senate Bill 1713 established law that all salvaged vehicles must be inspected by DMV or the California Highway Patrol This was designed to basically help prevent theft and altercation of VIN Plates. The following 3 ways are how the CHP implements it random enforcement regarding salvage vehicle inspections.

  • THE DMV RANDOMLY REFERS VEHICLES TO CHP¬†
  • THE CHP IDENTIFIES VEHICLES THAT HAVE A PROBABILITY OF THEFT AND REQUESTS DMV REFER THESE VEHICLES TO CHP FOR SALVAGE INSPECTION
  • THE CHP MAKES UNANNOUNCED VISITS TO DMV AND PERFORMS A CURSORY INSPECTION ON VEHICLES IN THE VIN VERIFICATION LINE REQUESTING A VIN VERIFICATION.

 

How To Obtain An Appointment From The California Highway Patrol For A CHP VIN Inspection

Depending on where you reside depends on what office you will contact for a CHP salvage vehicle inspection. One would think that you could take your vehicle to get the VIN inspected at any CHP facility, but that is not the case. The CHP clerk will usually ask you for your address and then direct you to call the CHP facility that services your local area. They will also usually play dumb on the phone to make sure you have the required documents before they will give you an appointment time. They will ask you “Did the DMV give you any forms?”. What they are looking for is to make sure the DMV gave you the Reg 124, CHP Referral Form pictured above. Now we will list the CHP offices that perform salvage vehicle inspections below, so you know where and who to call.

CHP BORDER DIVISION
9330 Farnham Street
San Diego 92123-1284
858-650-3600

This listing is for the border division, which is San Diego County. You can call the number above and schedule a salvage vehicle inspection.

EL CAJON CHP
1722 East Main St.
El Cajon 92021-5259
619-401-2000

This listing is for the EL CAJON Office. They perform inspections at this office and are usually a month out when scheduling your salvage vehicle inspection.

SAN DIEGO CHP
4902 Pacific Highway
San Diego 92110-4097
619-220-5492

This lisitng is for the San Diego Office. The CHP performs total loss vehicle inspections at this office, appointment times are usually 3 – 4 weeks out at this location.