Apply for a registration and title for a vehicle purchased from a dealer

Find out how to apply for a title and register your vehicle that you purchased from a dealer.

Registry of Motor Vehicles

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From area codes 339, 617, 781, and 857, or from outside Massachusetts

From all other Massachusetts area codes

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The Details

What you need

To apply for a registration and title for a vehicle purchased from a dealer, you will need:

  • A completed RMV-1 application
  • Proof of insurance

  • Proof of ownership

  • Correct payment

 

Fees

Please note that registration fees vary by plate type. See the fee chart for a list of RMV plate types and fees.

How to apply

Massachusetts Dealer  Purchase

  1. Have the dealer complete and sign an application for registration & title (RMV-1 form).
  2. You then must go to a licensed Massachusetts insurance agent to obtain an active insurance policy and have the agent stamp and sign the RMV-1 application.If there is a lien against the vehicle, please make sure the lienholder information is complete and accurate.
  3. The completed RMV-1 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.
  1. 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.
  2. Take the completed RMV-1 application and supporting documents to the nearest RMV service center.

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.

Out of State Dealer Purchase

  1. 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 & title (RMV-1 form).  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.
  1.  With the completed RMV-1 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.

  1. 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.
  1.  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
Registration Department
P.O. Box 55895
Boston, MA 02205-5895

The RMV will return transactions to the sender if they do not include all the required documentation. All titles must include an RMV-1 form. Include all supporting documentation.

  1. 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.

Next steps

Vehicle Inspection

You must obtain a vehicle inspection sticker within 7 days of the registration date.
 

More info

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.

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

Registering/Titling in Business Entity Name

Business entities include incorporated companies, Limited Liability Companies (LLCs), foreign corporations, sole proprietors, trusts, and partnerships.

Massachusetts General Laws Chapters 90 and 90D require that a vehicle be registered and titled in the name of the legal owner. If the owner is a business entity, the vehicle must be registered and titled in the legal business name. A "Doing Business As" (DBA) is not a legal entity. Therefore, vehicles cannot be registered or titled to a DBA. All incorporated entities, such as corporations and LLCs, must be registered with the Office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth's Corporations Division before applying for a vehicle registration in Massachusetts.

In order to register a vehicle in a business entity name, the following must be provided to the RMV:

  • Legal name
  • Mailing address
  • Business address (if different)
  • Federal Identification (FID) number

A business entity must supply proof of this information from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). This proof must not be older than two years.

Proof of these IRS documents must be presented at a registry branch office. The documents should be two years old or less. Fax copies and photocopies of the above forms are acceptable. Application forms, such as the SS-4 form, are not accepted as proof.

Acceptable proof of FID includes the following IRS documents:

  • Form 147C
  • Form 5372 - Notice of New Employer Identification Number Assigned
  • CP575 notice (issued by IRS)
  • Certificate of Exemption Form ST-2 (issued by the Department of Revenue)

 

 

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