Temp Tags-AB 516  

AB 516 mandates that starting  January 1, 2019 dealers will first print a Temporary Tag for any vehicle that does not have permanent metal plates prior to delivering it to a customer. These 'Tags' are full-size waterproof paper plates with a number unique to the sales transaction. These are installed in the front and back plate holders on vehicles requiring Temp Tags/Plates. In addition, Reports of Sale (retail and wholesale) must now be generated electronically online — known as Virtual Reports of Sale (VRS or VROS). REG 51 and REG 396 forms will no longer be used.  

To ensure compliance with the new mandate, retail dealers have two options:

  1. If you currently work with a First Line Service Provider (FLSP), the provider’s program will handle the Virtual Report of Sale and temp tag printing for you.
  2. If you are not using an FLSP, you must enroll either with Fairfax Imaging or an FLSP to assist you. The California DMV has contracted with Fairfax Imaging to enroll the state’s retail and wholesale dealers. Failure to enroll will result in a dealer’s inability to sell cars on January 1, 2019.

To enroll with Fairfax send an email to CADMV-QuickTags@ffximg.com and include the following information:

  1. Dealership Name and DMV Number
  2. Owner Name
  3. Owner Email Address
  4. The best phone number for the owner


Retail dealers who would like to benefit from the numerous advantages of electronic titling through a First-Line Service Provider, contact Vitu Temp Tag. Vitu is a premier First-Line Service Provider endorsed by IADAC and currently in use by over two-thirds of California's new car dealers.

Benefits of electronic titling with Vitu Temp Tag include:


  •        Temp Tag compliance solution managed directly in the Vitu workflows
  •        No more walking in paperwork to the DMV — Vitu Temp Tag manages all of your completed documents for you
  •        An increase of the doc fee from $70 to $85 (after January 1, 2019)
  •        Pull KSR’s at your dealership without having to go into the DMV to verify ownership and the presence of lienholders on trade-ins
  •        Precise DMV fee calculations to eliminate out-of-pocket costs to cover shortages

 Make sure you are ready for the January 1, 2019 deadline. Contact Vitu Temp Tag today to get started and learn more by simply calling Vitu Temp Tag at 877-761-1817 or send an email to vitulight@vitu.com.