Registry of Motor Vehicles
The Details of Apply for a registration and title for a vehicle purchased from a dealer
What you need for Apply for a registration and title for a vehicle purchased from a dealer
To apply for a registration and title for a vehicle purchased from a dealer, you will need the following:
- A completed Registration and Title Application
- Proof of insurance
- Proof of ownership
- Correct payment
You will also need to meet the identity requirements when registering/titling a vehicle.
Leased vehicles and lessees – additional considerations
- The leasing company must be registered with the Massachusetts Department of Revenue. If the leasing company is not registered with the Department of Revenue, the application will be rejected until the leasing company registers
- A power of attorney is required from the leasing company if the customer/lessee is signing documents on behalf of the leasing company
Fees for Apply for a registration and title for a vehicle purchased from a dealer
You are responsible for registration fee, title fee, and 6.25% sales tax.
Registration fees vary by plate type. Refer to the RMV's schedule of fees for a list of RMV plate types and fees.
How to apply Apply for a registration and title for a vehicle purchased from a dealer
Massachusetts dealer purchase
- Have the dealer complete and sign an Application for Registration and Title.
- You then must go to a licensed Massachusetts insurance agent to obtain an active insurance policy and have the agent stamp and sign the application. If there is a lien against the vehicle, please make sure the lienholder information is complete and accurate.
- The completed Registration and Title Application must be accompanied by the bill of sale and one of the following documents:
- A manufacturers certificate of origin (new vehicles only), or
- The previous owner's certificate of title, dealer re-assignment form if applicable, or
- The previous registration for vehicles that are exempt from title because of their age
4. If presenting the certificate of origin or the previous owner's title, be sure the date sold, the odometer reading and the purchase price have been completed on the back. The dealer or the previous owner(s) and you must sign the back of either of these forms.
5. Take the completed application and supporting documents to the RMV Service Center.
Customers are encouraged to continue to conduct RMV registration transactions by working through their insurance agents and auto dealers who are able to complete bulk transactions in-person through Business 2 Business (B2B) services (Chicopee RMV is strictly a B2B location and walk-ins cannot be conducted), electronically use the Electronic Vehicle Registration (EVR) Program.
A 6.25% sales tax will be collected at this time based on the purchase price of the dealer sale. If the dealer is not registered with the Department of Revenue or the vehicle was purchased through a private sale, the sales tax will be calculated at 6.25% of the purchase price or the National Automotive Dealer Association (NADA) clean trade-in value, whichever is higher. If no clean trade-in value is available a default value agreed upon by both the Registry of Motor Vehicles and the Department of Revenue will be used.
After completing the transaction, you will receive a registration certificate, new plates and a year of expiration decal for the rear plate. The title will be processed and mailed in approximately 6 to 8 weeks. If you have a loan on the vehicle, the title will be mailed directly to your lienholder.
Next steps for Apply for a registration and title for a vehicle purchased from a dealer
You must obtain a vehicle inspection sticker within 7 days of the registration date.
More info for Apply for a registration and title for a vehicle purchased from a dealer
Out of state dealer purchase
If you purchased the vehicle from an out-of-state dealer, you must go to a licensed Massachusetts insurance agent. There, you must:
- Get an active insurance policy
- Have the agent stamp and sign an application for registration and title. If you purchased the vehicle from an out-of-state dealer, the agent must complete the form. If you purchased the vehicle from a Massachusetts dealer, they must they must complete and sign the form.
- If there is a lien against the vehicle, the lienholder information must be complete and accurate
The completed application must have the bill of sale and one of the following documents:
- A manufacturer's certificate of origin (new vehicles only), or
- The previous owner's certificate of title, dealer reassignment form if applicable
- The previous registration for vehicles that are exempt from title due to their age
If you present the certificate of origin or the previous owner's title, check for the following on the back:
- The date sold
- The odometer reading
- The sale price
- You and the dealer or the previous owner(s) must sign the back of either of these forms
An out-of-state dealer or a service provider may mail the required documentation. To title and register a vehicle for a Massachusetts resident, send the documents to:
Registry of Motor Vehicles
P.O. Box 55895
Boston, MA 02205-5895
NOTE: This address is strictly for out-of-state dealers and service providers. The RMV will return any documents received to the sender that are not from an out of state dealer or service provider.
The RMV will return transactions to the sender if they do not include all the required documentation. All titles must include an Registration and Title Application. Include all supporting documentation.
After you complete the transaction, you will receive the following:
- A registration certificate
- New plates
- A year of expiration decal for the rear plate
A 6.25% sales tax will be collected based on the purchase price of the dealer sale. If the dealer is not registered with the Department of Revenue, the sales tax will be calculated at 6.25% of the purchase price or the National Automotive Dealer Association (NADA) trade-in value, whichever is higher.
The RMV will process the title and mail it in approximately 6 to 8 weeks. If you have a loan on the vehicle, the RMV will mail your title to your lienholder.
Any erasures, white-outs, or alterations on the proof of ownership or application will not be accepted. The application must be legible, and printed on white 8 ½” x 11” paper. Color paper and card stock will not be accepted. The application must match the supporting documentation being presented.
Information on Massachusetts Vehicle Excise Tax
An excise tax bill is generated annually for all active Massachusetts vehicle registrations. The RMV generates the excise tax bill; however payment is due to the city or town where the vehicle is garaged within 30 days from the issue date of the bill. You are responsible for payment of your excise tax even if you do not receive a bill. Interest and penalties accrue for outstanding bills.
If you change your address:
- Within Massachusetts, make sure you notify the RMV and your local tax assessor to ensure you receive your excise tax bill(s) at the proper address.
- Out of Massachusetts, make sure you cancel your plate(s) and vehicle registration to stop excise tax bills from being generated.
If you are no longer in possession of your vehicle or have taken your vehicle off the road, you must cancel your plate and registration to avoid an excise tax bill. This includes a vehicle that has been reported lost, stolen, a total loss, or repossessed.
If you have an outstanding excise tax bill, you may not be able to renew your driver’s license or vehicle registration, or obtain any other credential from the RMV.
For more details, go to mass.gov/guides/motor-vehicle-excise.