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(a) Except as provided in Section 18075.7, all manufactured
homes, mobilehomes, commercial coaches, truck campers, and floating
homes shall be subject to the provisions of this code for the
purposes of titling and registration.
(b) The department may adopt and amend, as necessary, regulations
to implement, interpret, and make specific the provisions of this
chapter. The department shall provide for an orderly and economical
transfer of registrations and titles for manufactured homes,
mobilehomes, commercial coaches, and floating homes previously issued
by the Department of Motor Vehicles to those issued by the
department. Any registration, title, or decal issued by the
Department of Motor Vehicles shall be valid until renewed, replaced,
transferred, suspended, or revoked.
(c) The department may, but shall not be required to, establish a
schedule of fees to pay the costs of work related to administration
and enforcement of this chapter, except where the fees are expressly
Manufactured homes, mobilehomes, commercial coaches, and
floating homes sold or used within this state shall be subject to
annual registration with the department and payment of registration
fees prescribed by Section 18114 except as follows:
(a) Manufactured homes, mobilehomes, and floating homes subject to
local property taxation pursuant to Part 13 (commencing with Section
5800) of Division 1 of the Revenue and Taxation Code, and not
installed on foundation systems pursuant to subdivision (a) of
Section 18551, shall be subject to registration and payment of fees
and penalties prescribed by Section 18114 at the time of original
registration with the department, and upon subsequent sale, resale,
or transfer of title. For purposes of this section, a transfer of
title includes, but is not limited to, any change, addition, or
deletion of one or more registered owners, legal owners, or junior
(b) Manufactured homes, mobilehomes, and commercial coaches
installed or to be installed on foundation systems pursuant to
subdivision (a) of Section 18551 shall be exempt from registration so
long as they remain affixed to the foundation system. In the event
that the manufactured home, mobilehome, or commercial coach, is
removed from a foundation system for any purpose other than
dismantling or reinstallation on a foundation system, it shall be
immediately subject to registration with the department.
(c) Except as otherwise provided in subdivisions (d) and (e),
registration of a manufactured home, mobilehome, or commercial coach
previously registered in another state is due 20 days after the date
of entry into California and is delinquent if application is not made
and any fees due are not paid within 40 days after that date of
(d) Any member of the armed forces, whether a resident or
nonresident, shall also be entitled to exemption from registration
with respect to a manufactured home or mobilehome owned by the person
upon which there is displayed a valid registration issued for the
manufactured home or mobilehome by the owner's home state of
residence or by a foreign jurisdiction where the owner was regularly
assigned and stationed for duty by competent military orders at the
time the registration was issued. Competent military orders shall not
include military orders for leave, for temporary duty, nor for any
other assignment of any nature requiring the owner's presence outside
the foreign jurisdiction where the owner was regularly assigned and
stationed for duty.
(e) Any person who enters California for the purpose of
establishing or reestablishing residence or accepting gainful
employment following his or her discharge from the armed forces of
this country may occupy a manufactured home or mobilehome owned by
that person at the time of his or her discharge and registered to him
or her in a foreign jurisdiction where his or her military orders
required his or her presence without registering the manufactured
home or mobilehome in this state until the expiration of the
registration period current at the time of his or her discharge and
entrance into California.
(f) Any new and previously unregistered, unoccupied manufactured
home, mobilehome, or commercial coach which is part of an inventory
held for sale by a manufacturer or dealer in the course of business.
The department may adopt regulations for exempting additional
classes of manufactured homes, mobilehomes, and commercial coaches
from registration under a temporary or one-trip permit system which
permits the lawful transportation and use of manufactured homes,
mobilehomes, and commercial coaches not otherwise subject to
(g) Floating homes, which are subject to local property taxation,
as prescribed by Section 229 of the Revenue and Taxation Code, shall
be subject to registration at the time of sale and upon any
subsequent sale, resale, or transfer of title. Floating homes are
subject to the fees prescribed by subdivision (c) of Section 18114
upon registration or reregistration.
(a) Floating homes subject to real property taxation
pursuant to Section 229 of the Revenue and Taxation Code shall be
subject to registration and titling by the department only at the
time of sale, resale, or transfer of title.
(b) Ownership registration and title to a floating home may be
held by two or more co-owners in the manner specified in Sections
18080 and 18081.
(c) Upon receipt of a registration card, every registered owner
shall maintain the card or a copy thereof with the floating home for
which it is issued.
(d) "Floating home," as used in this section, means a floating
structure which is all of the following:
(1) It is designed and built to be used, or is modified to be
used, as a stationary waterborne residential dwelling.
(2) It has no mode of power of its own.
(3) It is dependent for utilities upon a continuous utility
linkage to a source originating on shore.
(4) It has a permanent continuous hookup to a shoreside sewage
This section does not affect existing law regarding residential
use of tide and submerged lands.
Unless installed on a foundation system pursuant to
Section 18551, any manufactured home, mobilehome, or commercial coach
used as an office at a manufacturer's, distributor's, or dealer's
established place of business is subject to registration by the
department and shall be reported pursuant to Section 18080.5.
On and after January 1, 1986, every truck camper may, at
the owner's request, be registered with the department at the time of
sale, resale, or transfer of title. The department shall issue
certificates of title and registration cards for any truck camper
registered under this part.
Any truck camper permanently attached to a vehicle and registered
as a "house car" under the Vehicle Code is exempt under this part.
(a) Manufactured homes, mobilehomes, commercial coaches, or
truck campers owned or leased by the United States, by any foreign
government, by a consul or other official representative or any
foreign government, by the state, by a political subdivision of the
state, or by any city, county, or city and county, or public
corporation shall be subject to registration under this code by the
person having custody thereof, but shall not be subject to the
registration fees specified in this code or the Revenue and Taxation
Code, and that person shall display upon the manufactured home,
mobilehome, commercial coach, or truck camper a decal bearing
distinguishing marks or symbols which shall be furnished by the
department free of charge.
(b) Any manufactured home, mobilehome, or commercial coach
purchased by a city, county, city and county, or any other public
agency pursuant to the exception established in Section 18015.7 shall
be subject to registration as specified in Section 18085, but shall
not be subject to the registration fees specified in this code or the
Revenue and Taxation Code. Application for registration shall be
made to the department within 20 days from the date the transaction
is completed. For purposes of this section, a transaction shall be
deemed completed when the purchaser has signed a purchase contract or
security agreement or paid any purchase price and has taken physical
possession or delivery of the manufactured home, mobilehome, or
Commencing July 1, 1981, the department shall administer
the annual licensing and taxation of all manufactured homes and
mobilehomes not subject to local property taxation pursuant to Part
13 (commencing with Section 5800) of Division 1 of the Revenue and
Taxation Code and not installed on a foundation system pursuant to
Section 18551, and all commercial coaches.
All manufactured home, mobilehome, or commercial coach
license fees collected by the department pursuant to Section 18115
shall be deposited in the State Treasury to the credit of the General
On or after the first day of January and the first day of
July of each year, the department shall report to the auditor of each
county the address at which each manufactured home, mobilehome, or
commercial coach has situs within the county on which license fees
under this article have been paid to the department during the
six-month period immediately preceding January 1st and July 1st,
respectively, and the amount paid on each manufactured home,
mobilehome, or commercial coach.
At the time the department reports to the county auditors, it
shall also report to the Controller the information described in the
preceding paragraph, or a summary thereof, for each of the counties.
The department shall implement property tax postponement
programs on behalf of eligible mobilehome owners, as provided by law.