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Money judgments automatically expire (run out) after 10 years. To prevent this from happening, you (as the judgment creditor) must file a request for renewal of the judgment with the court BEFORE the 10 years run out. If the judgment is not renewed, it will not be enforceable any longer and you will not be able to get your money. Federal courts apply state law on this issue and this is the law in CA. Unlike in some other states, I did not find a CA provision for reviving an expired judgment. See law here.
In In Re Levander, the Ninth Circuit held that the federal courts apply the law of the domicile in the enforcement of a judgment.