Selling a car just before registration renewal is due? : personalfinance

I have 1997 Subaru that is coming up for registration renewal on 9/16 (2 days). I was planning on filing Planned Non-Operation and was just about to send in the paperwork when my neighbor asked if I was interested in selling it and offered a price, to which I agreed. I’m getting a smog check tomorrow.

I told her if she’s willing to cover the fees, I’ll file for renewal instead. However now I am wondering if she’s going to end up paying the registration fee anyway when the car changes over? Should I just go ahead and file PNO and let her handle the registration fees? Or will this just complicate the process?

California if it makes a difference.

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