Car Registration and License Plates?

If you have a car with a past due registration and license plates for the year 2004 and want to get the car up and running by 2009, do you have to pay those previous years in plates in registration. I heard that f you somehow explain it to the dmv that the car was not in use for the years they could let you slide... show more If you have a car with a past due registration and license plates for the year 2004 and want to get the car up and running by 2009, do you have to pay those previous years in plates in registration. I heard that f you somehow explain it to the dmv that the car was not in use for the years they could let you slide and of course you have to pass smog. Thank You
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