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Business Partner Automation (BPA) Program Information
California Vehicle Code (CVC) Section 1685 authorized DMV to enter into contracts with qualified private industry partners for the purpose of processing vehicle registration and titling transactions. Pursuant to CVC 1685, DMV established the Business Partner Automation (BPA) Program. CVC 1685 required the Department to establish regulations necessary to support the BPA Program. The regulations were formerly adopted on August 11, 2003, and can be viewed in their entirety at: www.dmv.ca.gov/other services/review and comment on proposed changes to DMV regulations
The Power of Partnerships
DMV has established an electronic BPA Program that allows qualified industry businesses to process vehicle related transactions from their remote locations. Business partners are authorized to process and issue validated registration cards, full year registration stickers and automobile and commercial vehicle license plates.
The BPA Program currently allows business partners to process:
*Some restrictions apply to these transactions.
The BPA Program offers a variety of benefits such as:
If you are interested in becoming a business partner or would like more information on the Business Partner Automation Program, you may contact the Program Administrator at firstname.lastname@example.org or (916) 657-6258.
The BPA Program is comprised of the following type of business partners:
Who Can Become A First-Line Business Partner?
Any company that has a business need to process vehicle registration and titling applications for their own business need and comply with the following requirements can become a First-Line Business Partner:
The Department holds the First-Line Business Partner responsible for all fees due to the Department and requires them to be paid via an Electronic Fund Transfer.
Who Can Become A First-Line Service Provider?
Any company who can comply with the following requirements can become a First-Line Service Provider:
The Department holds the First-Line Service Provider responsible for all fees due to the Department and requires them to be paid via an Electronic Fund Transfer.
The following types of companies can become a Second-Line Business Partner:
A Second-Line Business Partner must contract with a First-Line Service Provider and comply with the following requirements:
Second-Line Business Partners are responsible for collecting the registration fees due to the Department and remitting them to their respective First-Line Service Provider.
For additional information, see the following frequently asked questions:
The application fee is $324 for the principal place of business and $130 for each branch added with the application. The application fee is valid for the term of the contract, which is 36 months.
The fingerprint fee for the Department of Justice is $42.00 for each employee and business owner*. Applicants must also pay a service fee to the agency that processes the fingerprints.
* A business owner who is also a current occupational licensee does not have to obtain fingerprints.
Yes, you may charge for your services. Companies participating in the BPA Program are allowed to charge their customers a service fee for each type of transaction processed through to completion. However, you are restricted to the following maximum amounts:
Licensed vehicle dealers and dismantlers may charge up to $25.00 for each type of transaction, in addition to any other fees authorized by statute.
Licensed registration services may charge up to $25.00 for each New Vehicle Report Of Sale and Full Year Registration Renewal.
They may also charge up to $75.00 for each type of transaction listed below:
Salvage Pools may also charge up to $75.00 for each type of transaction, with the exception of VLF Refund transactions.
Does DMV Charge a Service Fee?
Yes, DMV charges a $4.00 transaction fee for each transaction processed through to completion. The transaction fee may be charged to the customer in addition to the service fee.
Exception: Payment of a transaction fee for vehicle license fee refund transactions shall not be required.
Can BPA Business Partners Perform Inquiries to DMV's Records?
The inquiry process is not available within the BPA Program. Customers interested in obtaining inquiry capability should contact DMV Communication Program Division's Account Processing Unit at (916) 657-5564.
Forms: (You need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view the forms)
The forms necessary to enroll in the BPA Program are listed below:
Additional BPA Program Forms: