I paid my registration fees to DMV. Why was I issued a citation?

Although you may have paid your registration fees, the vehicle is not considered registered until all holds are removed and DMV issues the updated registration. A common hold is the requirement of a SMOG check. The vehicle is considered unregistered, pursuant to 4000(a)(1), and as such, may be issued a citation.

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