Attention Dealers! Read This to See Updated DMV Report of Sale Procedures.

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California Assembly Bill (AB) 516 mandates a new electronic issuance process and new temporary permits for use by California used/new car dealers to issue Reports of Sale and Temporary License Plates.
Effective January 1, 2019 the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) requires all dealers to use the system called Quick Tags provided by Fairfax Imaging to print reports of sale and temporary license plates.
At the time of sale, all dealers and lessor-retailers must print the Report of Sale (ROS) form which include (REG 51, REG 396, REG 397, REG 397A, and REG 398). The registration procedures that dealers currently follow will not change.**Dealers who submit paper report of sale forms will not be processed and will be returned to dealerships for electronic reports of sale**

  • The new temporary license plate will tie the Report of Sale and Temporary License Plate to a specific vehicle using special paper to be purchased from Fairfax Imaging, reducing the risk of theft and the¬†identification issue to parking/toll authorities.
  • The new temporary license plate (TLP) is required to be mounted to the front and rear of the vehicle where a permanent license plate would be and the dealer must affix the plates with a license plate bracket.

California Temporary License plates for dealers

With this system, dealers will print out the Report of Sale forms using a local computer and printer. (Special paper is NOT required for ROS)
Reg 51 report of salereg 396 report of sale

How to Register

To register your dealership for the Quick Tags system send an email to and provide:

  • Dealership Name
  • Dealership License Number
  • Owner Name
  • Owner Email Address
  • Best Phone number to reach Owner

Once this information is received, the dealer will be provided with an e-mail informing of registration and access.


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