Article 1. Procedure to Transfer - California Vehicle Code Section 5602

5602.  An owner who has made a bona fide sale or transfer of a
vehicle and has delivered possession of the vehicle to a purchaser is
not, by reason of any of the provisions of this code, the owner of
the vehicle so as to be subject to civil liability or criminal
liability for the parking, abandoning, or operation of the vehicle
thereafter by another when the selling or transferring owner, in
addition to that delivery and that bona fide sale or transfer, has
fulfilled either of the following requirements:
   (a) He or she has made proper endorsement and delivery of the
certificate of ownership as provided in this code.
   (b) He or she has delivered to the department or has placed in the
United States mail, addressed to the department, either of the
following documents:
   (1) The notice as provided in subdivision (b) of Section 4456 or
Section 5900 or 5901.
   (2) The appropriate documents and fees for registration of the
vehicle to the new owner pursuant to the sale or transfer.

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