Don't trust anything about the California DMV. I would give Finest City Auto Registration in Pacific Beach (San Diego) a call. Talk to Shaundra as she knows the ins and outs of the DMV and she may be able to help you get registered or a least make sure you have all paperwork in order before attempting what could be a disaster.
I am sorry to hear that you will be moving to the Communist republic of California....hopefully you are getting a relocation bonus and free housing.
I survived 14 years and got out.