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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.

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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:

 

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

Please note that registration fees vary by plate type. See the 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

  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

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.

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.

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

Vehicle Inspection

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

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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

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