My car was totaled after the accident and I salvaged it from the insurance company. I didn't realize I had to pay more fees to the California Department of Motor Vehicles and do some extra things. Does anyone know if the DMV requires a "Brake and Light Certificate" in order to re-register a salvaged vehicle?
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According to the California DMV webpage How to Reregister a Salvage Vehicle, it says:
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So, to answer your question, it appears you will need the Brake and light adjustment certificates. Please note towards the bottom of the CA DMV site, there is an exception listed as to the need of the certificates, but that looks pretty remote.