California Fuel Trip (CFT) permits allow out-of-state registered owners to enter and travel into California for 4 consecutive days without obtaining a license for fuel tax purposes. This permit also allows California registered carriers to reenter California after traveling out of state if they are unlicensed for fuel tax purposes. The CFT must be obtained and completed prior to entering the state.
CFT(s) may be purchased through the following agencies:
Qualified Motor Vehicle:
The fee is $30,00 for each California Fuel Trip Permit.
A Commercial Trip Permit may be purchased for a commercial vehicle meeting the registration requirements of a state with which California has a vehicle licensing reciprocity agreement, if it will be operated in such a way as to otherwise require California registration.
Commercial Trip Permit(s) may be purchased at the California Department of Motor Vehicles field offices, or at participating truck stops.
The Commercial Trip Permit is valid for four consecutive days, starting on the day of first use and three consecutive days thereafter.
The cost of the Commercial Trip Permit is $45.00 each.
Commercial Trip Permit(s) may be purchased at California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) field offices, or at participating truck stops.
Bulk Commercial Trip Permits can be purchased from DMV Headquarters in Sacramento by sending your request and payment to the below address:
DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLES
REGISTRATION OPERATIONS DIVISION
INTERNATIONAL REGISTRATION PLAN SECTION
P.O. BOX 932320, MS H160
Source of information: https://www.dmv.ca.gov/portal/dmv/detail/reg41