Do-it-yourself project at AAA |

Do-it-yourself project at AAA

Car owners who have used family members and other surrogates to renew their auto registrations through AAA of Northern California now have to do it themselves.

Under a new contract with the state Department of Motor Vehicles that took effect in May, AAA offices can only renew a tag for the registered owner of a vehicle, said AAA spokesman Sean Comey.

That means spouses, children, parents or other surrogates can’t perform the task. However, they are still welcomed to do so at any DMV office in the state, DMV spokesman Steve Haskins said.

Comey couldn’t explain why the restriction is in AAA’s new contract, and Haskins wasn’t aware of the development when contacted by The Union.

“I don’t want this to sound like we’re being lax on security,” Haskins said of DMV’s more liberal policy. “Whoever registers the vehicle still has to show proof of insurance and, if necessary, the pink slip. We require proper identification.”

DMV uses several second-party contractors throughout the state to provide registration services. Comey said 13,440 motorists renewed their registration at AAA’s Grass Valley office last year, and more than 1.4 million performed the task in AAA of Northern California’s service area, spanning from Fresno to the Oregon border.

Most of California’s motorists renew their registrations through the mail or online. There are more than 31 million registered vehicles in California.

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